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Campden Wealth, in association with Advent Software, has launched an interactive video which aims to offer families and family offices an introduction to technology and how it can enhance the performance of their office. Click on the image to the left.

Economists have many fine qualities, writes Roger Nightingale, but an ability to forecast is not one of them. The problem is that they don't understand what makes an economy tick. As a result there is much debate as to the nature of the crisis we are currently embroiled in. Crucially, there are more questions than answers.

At first glance any relationship between the bankruptcy of mass automaker General Motors and that of family-owned coach-builder Wilhelm Karmann seems remote. After all, publicly-owned GM went down with $172 billion in liabilities while Germany-based Karmann has collapsed into insolvency with practically zero debt.

Villeroy & Boch, the family-owned company famous for tableware, glassware and cutlery, served up a member of the family’s eighth generation earlier this month when Wendelin von Boch took over chairmanship of the supervisory board.

The skills of family business owners, chairmen and managers are being severely tested in the current climate. Just this week, rumours that family-owned Shaeffler’s audacious takeover of larger rival Continental is beginning to unravel have surfaced. So what are some of the world’s leading business-owning families saying and doing? Campden FB takes a look…

Known affectionately as the cardboard king, Richard Pratt passed away at the end of April. The patriarch of the family-owned, $5 billion Visy business group was one of Australia’s most successful businessmen and philanthropists. Campden FB looks back at his extraordinary life.

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