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December 24, 2014

A messy divorce, impact investing, and Indonesian rich lists – these were just some of the themes that kept CampdenFB readers hooked during 2014. Below we’ve listed the most read stories of the year.

A messy divorce, impact investing, and Indonesian rich lists – these were just some of the themes that kept CampdenFB readers hooked during 2014. Below we’ve listed the most read stories of the year.

1.    Berkshire Hathaway offers long-term alternative for family offices

December 16, 2014

Women make up only 16% of family business boards in Continental Europe’s four largest economies, and only 10% of boards in Germany, new research has revealed.

Women make up only 16% of family business boards in Continental Europe’s four largest economies, and only 10% of boards in Germany, new research has revealed.

The 2014 Survey of Corporate Governance Practices in European Family Businesses examined board composition, board efficiency, succession planning and chief executive/chairman demographics.

December 9, 2014

Six months after the death of First Allied Corporation founder Malcolm Glazer, his son Edward has put his inherited stake in Manchester United up for sale, worth almost £30 million (€38 million).

Six months after the death of First Allied Corporation founder Malcolm Glazer, his son Edward has put his inherited stake in Manchester United up for sale, worth almost £30 million (€38 million).

December 2, 2014

Erramon Aboitiz, the fourth-gen chief executive officer of Filipino family business Aboitiz Equity Ventures, has postponed his retirement plans for three years in order to ensure a smooth leadership transition for his children.

Erramon Aboitiz, the fourth-gen chief executive officer of Filipino family business Aboitiz Equity Ventures, has postponed his retirement plans for three years in order to ensure a smooth leadership transition for his children.

According to a company statement, the board extended Aboitiz’s tenure in order to ensure the group’s long-term goals and said the 58-year-old would now retire in late 2019.

November 5, 2014

As the average life expectancy increases, the concept of an executive heading a family business well into their octogenarian years or even beyond is becoming more plausible and more common. So how does a young next-gen convince someone who has built up a family business empire that it is his or her chance to shine?

The world of family businesses is full of stories of the next generation struggling to deal with domineering parents and trying to find the courage to speak out. There’s the very public and long-running spat within Australia’s Rinehart family, which saw Gina Rinehart’s children trying to remove her as trustee of their multi-billion-dollar family trust.

October 29, 2014

Primogeniture is no longer the norm when it comes to succession planning, a new family business report reveals, with daughters and younger siblings worldwide increasingly taking up executive positions.

Primogeniture is no longer the norm when it comes to succession planning, a new family business report reveals, with daughters and younger siblings worldwide increasingly taking up executive positions.

October 16, 2014

More than 80% of family businesses do not have a robust succession plan and 75% of firms with CEOs aged 65 or older still have no succession process in place, new research has revealed.

More than 80% of family businesses do not have a robust succession plan and 75% of firms with CEOs aged 65 or older still have no succession process in place, new research has revealed.

The biennial PwC Global Family Business Survey of 2,800 family businesses found just over half (53%) have succession plans in place for some, if not all senior roles, but only 30% of these ‘plans’ are properly documented.

October 13, 2014

India’s largest privately held company is introducing the third generation into the fold, with twins Isha and Akash Ambani joining the board of two of Reliance Industries’ subsidiaries.

India’s largest privately held company is introducing the third generation into the fold, with twins Isha and Akash Ambani joining the board of two of Reliance Industries’ subsidiaries.

Their father Mukesh Ambani is chief executive of the family-controlled business, which had revenues of $75 billion (€59 billion) in the last financial year.

The 23-year-old twins will each become directors of Reliance Jio Infocomm and Reliance Retail Ventures.

October 10, 2014

Second gen Bob Fisher will become chairman of the clothing retailer Gap, which his parents founded more than 40 years ago, at the start of the next financial year.

Second gen Bob Fisher will become chairman of the clothing retailer Gap, which his parents founded more than 40 years ago, at the start of the next financial year.

The company announced on Friday that non-family chairman and chief executive Glenn Murphy, who has been at the helm since 2007, would be retiring next February.

Non-family member Art Peck, who joined the company a decade ago, will take over as chief executive, while Fisher, who joined the board in 1990, will become chairman.

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