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May 14, 2014

Basing a family business in Cyprus or Poland instead of Denmark or France could significantly alter the tax burden on the next generation following succession, according to new analysis released by KPMG and European Family Businesses.

Basing a family business in Cyprus or Poland instead of Denmark or France could significantly alter the tax burden on the next generation following succession, according to new analysis released by KPMG and European Family Businesses.

May 6, 2014

Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of Swedish flat-pack furniture chain Ikea, has relinquished his last formal roles in the business he founded in 1943. 

Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of Swedish flat-pack furniture chain Ikea, has relinquished his last formal roles in the business he founded in 1943.

Kamprad, 88, left his roles on the boards of the two foundations that control Ikea's assets in late December last year, but the announcement was only made recently.

May 2, 2014

A change of leadership at Ford Motor Company has been accelerated six months and declared one of the smoothest in the family business’s history, according to the fourth-gen executive chairman.

A change of leadership at Ford Motor Company has been accelerated six months and declared one of the smoothest in the family business’s history, according to the fourth-gen executive chairman.

On Thursday, the US carmaker announced Alan Mulally, 68, who steered the company through the global financial downturn, would be stepping down as chief executive and president on 1 July.

Mark Fields, 53, who has been the company’s chief operating officer since December 2012, will replace him.

April 15, 2014

The generational gap between baby boomers and millennials involved in family businesses is widening due to megatrends such as climate change and new technologies, according to a PwC survey that assesses next gens’ attitudes to the family business.

The generational gap between baby boomers and millennials involved in family businesses is widening due to megatrends such as climate change and new technologies, according to a PwC survey that assesses next gens’ attitudes to the family business.

April 10, 2014

The United States is home to some of the most successful family businesses in the world. From homespun cotton to farm fertiliser, family values matter in the land of opportunity, and are often the key to commercial success. Here are CampdenFB’s top 10 US family businesses to watch in 2014. 

The United States is home to some of the most successful family businesses in the world. From homespun cotton to farm fertiliser, family values matter in the land of opportunity, and are often the key to commercial success. Here are CampdenFB’s top 10 US family businesses to watch in 2014.

 

 

 

April 10, 2014

Female successors taking over from male CEOs have the potential to increase family business profitability, according to new research out of Italy, but their power is diminished – and may even have a negative impact on a company’s performance – in male-dominated workplaces.

Female successors taking over from male CEOs have the potential to increase family business profitability, according to new research out of Italy, but their power is diminished – and may even have a negative impact on a company’s performance – in male-dominated workplaces.

April 8, 2014

The sprawling, family-controlled conglomerates common in the Gulf Cooperation Council may not survive the next generational transfer if they don't refine their focus, according to a recent report.   

The sprawling, family-controlled conglomerates common in the Gulf Cooperation Council may not survive the next generational transfer if they don't refine their focus, according to a recent report.

Booz & Co, the management consulting division of international accountancy firm PWC, said slowing growth in the GCC as well as greater numbers of foreign companies operating in the region is another threat to the longevity of regional family firms.

April 3, 2014

Up to three quarters of British family firms are putting off succession planning, despite listing it as one of the top challenges they face, says the chief executive and founder of a family business organisation, who says fear of retirement, mortality and upsetting family harmony are among the factors driving this inaction.

Up to three quarters of British family firms are putting off succession planning, despite listing it as one of the top challenges they face, says the chief executive and founder of a family business organisation, who says fear of retirement, mortality and upsetting family harmony are among the factors driving this inaction.

March 26, 2014

Rupert Murdoch appears to have anointed Lachlan Murdoch his family business heir apparent, in a reshuffle in 21st Century Fox and NewsCorp senior management this week, appointing the 42-year-old his co-chair at both companies.

Rupert Murdoch appears to have anointed Lachlan Murdoch his family business heir apparent, in a reshuffle in 21st Century Fox and NewsCorp senior management this week, appointing the 42-year-old his co-chair at both companies.

Lachlan's brother James Murdoch, once seen as the most likely successor to the Murdoch family empire, was promoted to co-chief operating office at 21st Century Fox, but will not be working in such a direct relationship with his father.

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