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  • Stock buybacks have returned to prominence of late, but what are the reasons for family businesses to go down this avenue? Darrell Delamaide invesigates

  • Arnaud Lagardère is anxious to shake off his playboy image, writes Darrell Delamaide. The 49-year-old second-generation head of Lagardère SCA, which has extensive media interests as well as an important investment in defence and aerospace, was reportedly one of the bidders in the running to acquire Playboy magazine when it was being jobbed around last year.

  • Jim Justice, who last week added another luxury resort to his purchase of the legendary Greenbrier property in 2009, has become something of a miracle worker for the people of West Virginia in America’s Appalachian region, writes Darrell Delamaide

  • David Simon doesn’t mince his words. When rival company General Growth Properties rebuffed his $10 billion offer to buy the business out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, Simon penned a sharply worded letter to Adam Metz, his counterpart as chief executive, writes Darrell Delamaide

  • Bill Wrigley Jr made a big decision for his company and his shareholders when he agreed in 2008 to sell the family firm to Mars Inc, another family-owned company, for $23 billion, writes Darrell Delamaide

  • Germany has found a new way to celebrate its “Mittelstand” – its tradition of largely family-owned, not-so-small companies – and take a swipe at “casino capitalism” at the same time, writes Darrell Delamaide

  • Brian Roberts completed his first triathlon this year. The event that challenges participants to compete in swimming, running and cycling should be a good preparation for the 50-year-old Comcast chief executive as his cable company takes over the television and movie operations of NBC Universal.

  • Jorge Cosmen is not stupid – or so one would presume, given that he is a leading representative of one of Spain’s most successful business families. But his attempts to put his family at the heart of the UK transport industry have exposed the difficulties in dealing with listed companies.

  • As if things weren’t bad enough with the worst recession in 75 years, the political backlash on lavish spending by financial institutions receiving government aid was a further blow to operators of luxury hotels and resorts like the Tisch family’s Loews Corp.

  • The current financial crisis is exposing a number of frauds, but the panic that has invaded the credit markets has also pushed some legitimate businesses into making bad, perhaps even fraudulent choices. One of these is family-owned Reserve Management founded by Bruce R Bent, the inventor of the money market fund. Darrell Delamaide reports …

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