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December 18, 2021

Rothermere wins bid to take back Daily Mail, Heineken’s African push with $4.5 billion merger, LVMH takes Thelios inhouse in share buyout.

Rothermere wins bid to take back Daily Mail

The $1.1 billion publisher of Britain’s bestselling newspaper is back in Rothermere family hands after 90 years as a publicly listed company.

However, the slimmed down Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT) faces a cost-cutting editorial management shake-up, amid ailing publishing sales and advertising.

December 6, 2021

Zara owner Inditex names Ortega heiress as chairwoman, Gucci heirs fire back at “hooligan” portrayal in House of Gucci, Formula One pioneer Sir Frank Williams’s legacy remembered.

Zara owner Inditex names Ortega heiress as chairwoman

Marta Ortega Perez, youngest daughter of billionaire Inditex founder Amancio Ortega, says she will build upon her parents’ legacy and balance innovation and heritage as she prepares to head the world’s largest apparel retailer.

July 23, 2021

Agnelli family’s Exor linked to Armani, Zegna family lists luxury group via $3.2 billion SPAC, Les Wexner distances from L Brands with $2.2 billion share sale.

Agnelli family’s Exor linked to Armani

The Agnelli family that made its fortune in the Italian auto industry is expanding its interests in luxury goods with apparent overtures to Armani, only months after acquiring a quarter-stake in Christian Louboutin.

Agnelli scion John Elkann (pictured left), 45, the billionaire chairman and chief executive of Exor, the family-controlled holding company, has been in talks with fashion designer Giorgio Armani, Reuters reported.

July 2, 2021

Pinault family’s Artemis and James Murdoch venture into Gen Z video platform Brut, Rupert Murdoch closes the book on $349 million Houghton Mifflin Harcourt deal, H&M profits rebound by $1.2 billion but stores cut.

Pinault family’s Artemis and James Murdoch venture into Gen Z video platform Brut

Francois-Henri Pinault and James Murdoch, the scions of family-owned traditional media groups, are investing millions into Brut, a new “socially conscious” digital news provider for Generation Z and millennials.

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.

December 19, 2020

Marriott International scores its ESG performance, Henkel opens its ideas factory, Kering rebounds with e-commerce and growth in North America and China.

Marriott International scores its ESG performance

Family-controlled Marriott International, Inc, the largest lodging company in the world, says it has achieved its goal of spending $500 million with women-owned businesses one year ahead of schedule and spent nearly a billion dollars with diverse- and women-owned businesses.

The goal was among the highlights in its 2020 Serve 360 Report released this month on its diversity, volunteerism and other environmental, social and governance activities.

April 16, 2020

Dyson ventilators ready for regulatory green light, Latifi passion invests in son’s Formula One team, Kering’s Pinault and Michael Dell cut salaries.

Dyson ventilators ready for regulatory green light

Family owned engineering firm Dyson says it is ready to make 10,000 ventilators to aid Covid-19 patients as soon as the device is approved by regulators.

British inventor Sir James Dyson (pictured) and his team brought their experience in innovating vacuum cleaners, air purifiers and fans to design and build the prototype CoVent with the Technology Partnership, a Cambridge-based firm.

April 10, 2020

A decade-old, blockchain technology is facing an inflection point. A few years ago it was easy to find people who were evangelically enthusiastic about it. A 2015 World Economic Forum survey of more than 800 executives and experts from the information and communications technology sector found the majority believed that by 2027, 10% of global GDP would be stored on blockchain technology.

Facebook’s Libra launch shows blockchain has entered the mainstream. Jeremy Hazlehurst looks at what the technology really means for family businesses

A decade-old, blockchain technology is facing an inflection point. A few years ago it was easy to find people who were evangelically enthusiastic about it. A 2015 World Economic Forum survey of more than 800 executives and experts from the information and communications technology sector found the majority believed that by 2027, 10% of global GDP would be stored on blockchain technology.

April 16, 2019

Some of France’s best-known business families have pledged to donate €500 million to help reconstruct the Notre-Dame Cathedral after a devastating fire tore through the historic structure, causing significant damage.

Some of France’s best-known business families have pledged to donate €500 million to help reconstruct the Notre-Dame Cathedral after a devastating fire tore through the historic structure, causing significant damage.

In a statement on Twitter, the Arnault family, owners of luxury group LVMH headed by French billionaire Bernard Arnault, pledged €200 million ($226 million) to help with the restoration efforts.

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