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May 26, 2021

The British royal family, like many family businesses, has had its share of difficulties lately. Prince Harry, previously viewed as one of the great modernising influences, has become more distant from the traditional business after marrying Meghan Markle.

The British royal family, like many family businesses, has had its share of difficulties lately. Prince Harry, previously viewed as one of the great modernising influences, has become more distant from the traditional business after marrying Meghan Markle.

Meanwhile, his father Prince Charles has been waiting many years to take over; his uncle, Prince Andrew, has been caught up in an international scandal; and to cap it all, the Queen recently lost her husband, Prince Philip, after 74 years of marriage.

May 17, 2021

Mexican billionaire Alberto Bailleres transfers empire to son, Peter Harf succeeded by young deal-maker at Reimann family’s JAB Holding, James Packer’s Crown Resorts leans towards Star merger and away from Blackstone takeover.

Mexican billionaire Alberto Bailleres transfers empire to son

Alberto Bailleres, the fourth wealthiest person in Mexico, has made way for his son as the principal of his business conglomerate Grupo Bal after more than five decades.

Businessman Bailleres (pictured), 89, stepped down as president from the group and its diversified companies with immediate effect during a board meeting in late April. He and his family are worth $9.6 billion, according to Forbes.

March 13, 2021

The Firm? We learned from Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey that is what the royal family call their family business. It’s a very appropriate term. As a family business, they own and manage land and castles, some of which they rent out, support multiple charitable ventures, play an extensive public role in the UK drawing on multiple publicity avenues to support its image and brand, and employ scores of employees who are valued for their loyalty and commitment. It's a huge and complex business.

The Firm? We learned from Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey that is what the royal family call their family business. It’s a very appropriate term. As a family business, they own and manage land and castles, some of which they rent out, support multiple charitable ventures, play an extensive public role in the UK drawing on multiple publicity avenues to support its image and brand, and employ scores of employees who are valued for their loyalty and commitment. It's a huge and complex business.

March 12, 2021

French heir and MP Olivier Dassault dies in helicopter crash, ‘Shared family values’ as Agnelli family buys foothold in Christian Louboutin, Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Agriculture goes to market with beef portfolio.

French heir and MP Olivier Dassault dies in helicopter crash

The sudden death of Olivier Dassault, billionaire heir to the French aerospace and software family business and politician, is “a great loss”, President Emmanuel Macron said in tribute.

February 3, 2021

Family businesses are more vulnerable to inadequate succession planning because, understandably, members of every generation involved with the business are likely reluctant to discuss, much less contemplate, the incapacity or death of the current leaders.

Family businesses are more vulnerable to inadequate succession planning because, understandably, members of every generation involved with the business are likely reluctant to discuss, much less contemplate, the incapacity or death of the current leaders.

January 22, 2021

Agnelli heir John Elkann in the driving seat of Stellantis, Samsung heir Lee Jae Yong sentenced to prison, Benjamin de Rothschild dies aged 57.

Agnelli heir John Elkann in the driving seat of Stellantis

John Elkann, scion of Italy’s Agnelli dynasty, says the new $51 billion Fiat-Chrysler-PSA mega-merger he masterminded will meet the world’s needs in sustainable mobility.

January 6, 2021

In a recent family business event, a couple of young family business owners were asking questions around their role, finding their place and their individual voice. Questions motivated by their respective positions as heirs, beneficiaries, descendants, inheritors and ‘next-in-line’.

In a recent family business event, a couple of young family business owners were asking questions around their role, finding their place and their individual voice. Questions motivated by their respective positions as heirs, beneficiaries, descendants, inheritors and ‘next-in-line’.

Any one of these descriptions are representative of considerable responsibilities and accepted norms. Taken together, they represent the range and depth of the obligations, paths and expectations which together are captured in one word: successor.

December 6, 2020

Second UK lockdown cost Weston family’s Primark $579 million in sales, Red Bull energises Yoovidhya family of inventor with $257 million payout, Lord Bamford gives JCB staff an extra holiday to mark 75th anniversary.

Second lockdown costs Weston family’s Primark $579 million in sales

The Weston family-controlled food and retail giant Associated British Foods estimates it lost £430 million ($579 million) in sales while its high street fashion retailer Primark was closed during the latest coronavirus lockdown.

November 27, 2020

Billionaire Ray Dalio to set up family office in Singapore, Gregg Lemkau quits Goldman Sachs to advise Michael Dell's investments, next-generation chairman Koo Kwang-mo shakes up LG Corporation.

Billionaire Ray Dalio to set up family office in Singapore

Ray Dalio, founder of the world’s largest hedge fund, is the latest billionaire to open a family office in Singapore.

Dalio, 71, the US investor who founded Bridgewater Associates in his New York apartment in 1975, felt it was “high time” to build on his links to Singapore and Asia-Pacific, his spokesman said.

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