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May 4, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, climate activist billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes acquires 11% of Australian power company AGL Energy; Amancio Ortega’s family office buys a Glasgow office development for £215 million; and BrewDog boss James Watt plans to give away 20% of his personal stake to staff.

Climate activist billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes acquires shares in Australian power company
Tech tycoon and climate activist Mike Cannon-Brookes has bought an 11.28% stake in AGL Energy in an attempted block of a demerger, that would see Australia’s biggest power producer split into two companies.

April 26, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, B&M boss Simon Arora announces his retirement; Elon Musk reaches a deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion; and Nandan Nilekani builds a tech platform to take on Amazon in India.

B&M discount chain boss Simon Arora set to retire

Simon Arora, the billionaire co-owner of UK discount chain B&M has announced his retirement after acquiring the then-failing business from Phildrew Investments in 2004.

April 20, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, François Pinault looks to acquire music streaming platform Deezer; Robert Kraft’s family donates $24 million to Harvard Business School; and Ashwin Damera invests in an Indian venture lending firm.

François Pinault looks to acquire music streaming platform Deezer
French businessman François Pinault [pictured left] is aiming to buy music streaming platform Deezer in a deal estimated at $1.6 billion.

The founder of the luxury group Kering and investment company Artémis, along with other founders of the special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) I2PO, plans to take the company public if the deal goes ahead.

April 19, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, Brewing heir Santo Domingo joins a Chelsea FC consortium; Twitter’s board of directors approves a ‘Poison pill’ strategy against Elon Musk’s takeover bid; and Sir Terence Conran’s former restaurant empire is up for auction.

Brewing heir Santo Domingo backs Chelsea FC takeover bid
Colombian-born billionaire brewing heir Alejandro Santo Domingo [picured left] has announced his backing for the bid to buy Chelsea Football Club.

Santo Domingo, who sits on the board of the world’s largest brewer ABInBev, has joined part of the investor group spearheaded by former Liverpool FC and British Airways chairman Sir Martin Broughton.

April 5, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, Elon Musk obtains a 9.2% stake in Twitter; Henry Sy’s family buy out Philippine Geothermal Production Co; and The Rockefeller Foundation makes a $105 million climate-friendly food pledge.

Elon Musk obtains 9.2% Twitter stake for $2.89 billion
Shares in social media titan Twitter have swollen by 25% after the world’s richest person Elon Musk [pictured left] bought a 9.2% stake for $2.89 billion.

The Tesla and SpaceX founder snapped up 73,486,938 Twitter shares in a move that has surprised many, particularly as Musk has been critical of the channel’s free-speech policies.

March 31, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, US president Joe Biden proposes a billionaire income tax; the preferred bid for new Chelsea FC ownership is to be presented by April 18; and BNY Mellon appoints a new head for global family office.

Joe Biden proposes billionaire income tax
US President Joe Biden has put forward a proposal for a Billionaire Minimum Income Tax in his fiscal year 2023 budget proposal.

As part of the Biden administration’s bid to reduce the United States federal deficit, the proposed tax will “Eliminate the inefficient sheltering of income for decades or generations,” according to The White House.

March 17, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, property developer Nick Candy enlists a football legend for his Chelsea takeover bid; Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al Khalifa buys a stake in an ethical fintech startup; and Dr. Kiran Patel expands his investment into electric vehicles.

Nick Candy enlists football icon Gianluca Vialli in Chelsea takeover bid

British luxury property developer Nick Candy has further bolstered his bid to buy embattled Premier League football club Chelsea by hiring the team’s former player-manager Gianluca Vialli as an advisor.

Candy, who, along with his brother Christian, has overseen such notable projects as London’s One Hyde Park and NoHo Square and Beverly Hills’s 9900 Wilshire, brought Vialli’s Tifosy Capital & Advisory on board ahead of the deadline for bids.

February 16, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, billionaire investor Stanley Druckenmiller sells off his stock in Facebook owner Meta, Goldman Sachs creates a family office for senior employees and an Australian multi-family office sees a huge return on investment in Fortnite gaming company.

Stanley Druckenmiller dumps stake in Facebook parent Meta

The family office of billionaire investor Stanley Druckenmiller ditched a $35.9 million stake in Facebook parent Meta and revealed new investments worth $67 million in social media company Snap Inc. and nearly $100 million in oil corporation Chevron.

The share sale by the New York-based Duquesne Family Office suggests Meta’s shift in focus to the metaverse may not have represented a compelling case for Druckenmiller.

February 10, 2022

American family offices oppose a disclosure plan by the US Treasury Department, Nintendo founders’ family office bolster their mission to invest in Japanese business with a new acquisition, and Walmart heir’s global impact platform further pledges to clean up the seas.

American family offices oppose disclosure plan by US Treasury Department

Ultra-wealthy families are claiming they will be “Uniquely susceptible” to theft, fraud and kidnapping if a proposal by the US Treasury Department requiring American companies to disclose identities of their beneficial shareholders goes ahead.

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