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July 27, 2021

Say Flanders, think research and technology. Belgium’s northern region is a well-known beacon of innovation. Its companies, research centres and knowledge institutions are at the basis of ground-breaking solutions in niches like digital, health and climate tech.

Say Flanders, think research and technology. Belgium’s northern region is a well-known beacon of innovation. Its companies, research centres and knowledge institutions are at the basis of ground-breaking solutions in niches like digital, health and climate tech.

Through its worldwide Science and Technology Offices, Flanders Investment and Trade helps Flanders build bridges of knowhow and innovative strength across the globe—and you can reap the rewards, too.

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 21, 2021

Many articles or speeches about family businesses include a reference to the “three-generation rule,” which says that most don’t survive beyond three generations. But that perception could not be further from the truth.

If you’re a fan of the HBO show Succession, or if you’re aware of the conflicts playing out publicly and perennially among some of the most visible family businesses in the world—think the Murdochs or Sumner Redstone’s family—you might assume that family businesses are more fragile than other forms of enterprise.

July 16, 2021

One of the greatest challenges any business experiences in transforming from a profitable small business to a legacy enterprise is navigating the waters of succession. An effective succession plan requires more than just moving names around on an org chart or a legal charter. To invest in its future, a family enterprise must build the power of its brand.

Many family enterprises develop strong branding around their visionary founders. But what happens to this brand when the next generation assumes leadership? We explore how a family enterprise should build the power of its brand in conjunction with succession planning.

July 1, 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.

June 29, 2021

Campden Wealth returned to its programme of in-person meetings after 18-months of disruption throughout the live event industry with its 22nd edition of the Family Office and Investment Forum in London on 23 June.

Campden Wealth returned to its programme of in-person meetings after 18-months of disruption throughout the live event industry with its 22nd edition of the Family Office and Investment Forum in London on 23 June.

The forum was a much anticipated coming-together of the close-knit Campden community of single family offices, private wealth holders and business-owning families for the first time in the capital since February 2020.

June 27, 2021

Melia Hotels International announces bullish recovery plan, Lego builds on $400 million sustainability effort with recycled bricks, Christoph Mohn succeeds mother as new ‘speaker of the family’ at Bertelsmann.

Melia Hotels International announces bullish recovery plan

The Escarrer family principal of Melia Hotels International has declared flexible expansion, digitalisation and sustainability as the key drivers behind the Spanish hotel chain’s recovery from 15 months of Covid-19 restrictions.

May 24, 2021

After months of uncertainty and suspended recruitment plans, family offices are hiring again. For many, the inability to meet candidates face-to-face to check for value alignment has been a deterrent. But with life slowly returning to “normal” and in-person meetings now possible, they are starting to consider the talent they need for the future.

After months of uncertainty and suspended recruitment plans, family offices are hiring again. For many, the inability to meet candidates face-to-face to check for value alignment has been a deterrent. But with life slowly returning to “normal” and in-person meetings now possible, they are starting to consider the talent they need for the future.

May 9, 2021

Manchester United owner Joel Glazer promises angry fans investment and consultation, Warren Buffett’s heir apparent is deal-maker Greg Abel, Bill and Melinda Gates to divorce but continue charitable foundation.

Manchester United owner Joel Glazer promises angry fans investment and consultation

Apologetic co-chairman Joel Glazer has sought to reassure Manchester United fans he and his US billionaire family “care deeply” about the English Premier League football club they own and pledge greater investment and fan consultation.

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