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July 27, 2015

John Elkann, the fifth-generation heir to the Agnelli fortune, is reportedly leading a group of families towards a potential buyout of weekly financial publication The Economist and several other titles, according to a company statement.

John Elkann, the fifth-generation heir to the Agnelli fortune, is reportedly leading a group of families towards a potential buyout of weekly financial publication The Economist and several other titles, according to a company statement.

The proposed deal comes one week after UK owner Pearson, another family-controlled conglomerate, sold the Financial Times to the Nikkei Group of Japan, as it looks to focus on its core education business.

July 11, 2008

It has been reported that Germany’s Herz family is to provide financial backing for GfK, Germany’s biggest market-research company, in a possible bid for UK rival Taylor Nelson Sofres Plc.

It has been reported that Germany’s Herz family is to provide financial backing for GfK, Germany’s biggest market-research company, in a possible bid for UK rival Taylor Nelson Sofres Plc.

The Financial Times said that people familiar with the matter confirmed that Gunter Herz was backing GfK's all-cash bid but that “discussions are ongoing with other sources of finance, likely to be other wealthy German families, to fund a bid valuing TNS at more than €1.4 billion.”

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