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July 9, 2021

Aponte family expands its Mediterranean Shipping Company to rival Maersk, EssilorLuxottica proceeds with $8.7 billion stake in GrandVision after tribunal, Albert music publishing dynasty ventures into impact investing.

Aponte family expands its Mediterranean Shipping Company to rival Maersk

The Aponte family’s Mediterranean Shipping Company has re-energised its efforts to become the world’s largest container line by attempting to overtake rival family-controlled conglomerate AP Moller-Maersk.

June 21, 2021

Benetton family channel $9.7 billion sale proceeds into co-investments, Weston family puts Selfridges up for sale for $5.5 billion, Walton family raises $2.1 billion from Walmart shares.

Benetton family channel $9.7 billion sale proceeds into co-investments

The Italian infrastructure company controlled by the Benetton family has offloaded its Italian road toll subsidiary for $9.7 billion and says it will use the proceeds to reinvest in technological, digital and sustainable partnerships.

June 11, 2021

Mills family sells majority Medline stake in $34 billion private equity ‘club deal’, Ferrero takes another bite out of biscuit market with $509 million Burton’s deal, Auto heiress Alexandra Ford English becomes first female Ford director.

Mills family sells majority Medline stake in $34 billion private equity ‘club deal’

The fourth-generation Mills family which owns Medline Industries, the largest US privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare supplies, looks set to seal one of the largest private equity deals since the Global Financial Crisis.

May 24, 2021

Heineken brews acquisition of South Africa’s Distell Group, Berlusconi family's Fininvest exits Mediobanca, Nathan Cummings Foundation calls for racial equality in impact investing.

Heineken brews acquisition of South Africa’s Distell Group

Family-owned Heineken, the world’s second-largest brewer, could buy a majority share of a unique $1.8 billion South African wine and spirits company, making the deal its second acquisition in 2021.

The fourth-generation Dutch beer maker confirmed last week it is in talks with Distell Group Holdings over a “potential transaction”. The $23.7 billion brewer added discussions were ongoing and there was no certainty an agreement would be reached.

May 4, 2021

Attention to strategies for the management and continuity of the assets of entrepreneurial families in Italy has grown considerably in recent years, as has the role and scope of family offices.

Attention to strategies for the management and continuity of the assets of entrepreneurial families in Italy has grown considerably in recent years, as has the role and scope of family offices.

Family offices are by definition the custodians and controllers of these—often immense—family assets and today represent a truly diverse universe.

May 3, 2021

Samsung’s Lee family to pay $10.8 billion inheritance tax bill, Ferruccio Ferragamo passes leadership torch to brother Leonardo Ferragamo, Fifth-gen Robert Buchbauer declares Swarovski sustainability goals.

Samsung’s Lee family to pay $10.8 billion inheritance tax bill

The family of late Samsung patriarch Lee Kun-hee has unveiled an instalment plan to pay its 12 trillion won ($10.8 billion) inheritance tax bill, to include large donations to South Korean healthcare and museums.

April 26, 2021

Sir James Dyson defends ventilators texts to PM Boris Johnson, Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli “remains convinced” by European Super League, Chinese and US shoppers boost luxury sector recovery for Kering, Hermes and LVMH.

Sir James Dyson defends ventilators texts to PM Boris Johnson

Sir James Dyson says he neither sought nor received any benefit from Boris Johnson when he was asked by the UK’s prime minister to build £20 million ($27.7 million) worth of ventilators early in the national Covid-19 emergency.

April 1, 2021

Elisabetta Fabri, family principal of the private Italian luxury hospitality group Starhotels, is helping women in business achieve their potential by launching a new vocational training initiative.

Elisabetta Fabri, family principal of the private Italian luxury hospitality group Starhotels, is helping women in business achieve their potential by launching a new vocational training initiative.

The programme was among the measures by the multi award-winning second-generation president and chief executive in response to the impacts of Covid-19 on the world’s hotel, travel and tourism industries.

March 12, 2021

French heir and MP Olivier Dassault dies in helicopter crash, ‘Shared family values’ as Agnelli family buys foothold in Christian Louboutin, Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Agriculture goes to market with beef portfolio.

French heir and MP Olivier Dassault dies in helicopter crash

The sudden death of Olivier Dassault, billionaire heir to the French aerospace and software family business and politician, is “a great loss”, President Emmanuel Macron said in tribute.

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