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September 12, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, Mike Ashley plots a takeover of historic Savile Row tailor Gieves & Hawkes; Robert Hersov plans to buy multiple South African airports; and Leonard N. Stern reportedly agrees to return ancient artifacts to Greece.

Mike Ashley plots historic Savile Row tailor takeover
Frasers Group, the shopping empire founded by British retail billionaire Mike Ashley, is among the remaining bidders contending for ownership of the historic tailors Gieves & Hawkes, according to Sky News.

December 13, 2021

Maersk family expands into healthcare with Unilabs deal, Weston family sells Selfridges to Chirathivat family, Lonely billionaire Bill Gates shares The Giving Pledge with ex-wife Melinda.

Maersk family expands into healthcare with Unilabs deal

The family holding company best known for controlling the Danish shipping giant Maersk is making good on its plans to tackle global challenges head on by acquiring a Covid-19 test maker and diagnostics company.

November 15, 2021

Rogers Communications won’t challenge court ruling on family boardroom battle, Primark-owning Weston family plans overseas expansion, Li Ka-shing family bets on Bamford’s green hydrogen fund.

Rogers Communications won’t challenge court ruling on family boardroom battle

The Rogers family behind their eponymous $24 billion Canadian telecoms giant has been embroiled in a damaging public feud which could jeopardise a $26 billion merger with fellow family-controlled telecom company Shaw Communications.

November 1, 2021

Family-controlled JCB and Fortescue Future Industries sign green hydrogen deal, Lavazza coffee family in $200 million expansion of cafes in China, Sir James Dyson’s family office boosted by $1.8 billion transfer.

Family-controlled JCB and Fortescue Future Industries sign green hydrogen deal

Lord Anthony Bamford, the British second-generation chairman of heavy machinery maker JCB, hails a multibillion-dollar green hydrogen deal with Australian family business Fortescue Future Industries as “a major advance” towards making the clean fuel practical for consumers.

October 11, 2021

Moopen family’s Aster DM Healthcare partners with Roche Diagnostics in Middle East, Glazer family benefits from share sales in Manchester United, Heiresses in top leadership of Wegmans Food Markets.

Moopen family’s Aster DM Healthcare partners with Roche Diagnostics in Middle East

Aster DM Healthcare, the second-generation Indian family business in Dubai, has entered a strategic partnership for the Middle East “to stay ahead of the curve” with the diagnostics wing of the Swiss fourth-generation healthcare multinational Roche.

September 21, 2021

What can they see that we can’t? Private equity bids for UK companies are soaring, while at the same time the UK stock market languishes at valuations well below US peers.

What can they see that we can’t? Private equity bids for UK companies are soaring, while at the same time the UK stock market languishes at valuations well below US peers.

Private equity bids for UK companies are soaring, while at the same time the UK stock market languishes at valuations well below US peers.

September 20, 2021

Rubin family’s Pentland shifts from Brexit Britain to Ireland, Lachlan Murdoch stamps $7 billion influence as deal-making successor, Pernod Ricard acquires premium brands and buybacks shares.

Rubin family’s Pentland shifts from Brexit Britain to Ireland

Pentland Group, the British Rubin family-controlled owner of sports brands Speedo and Lacoste and majority owner of high street retailer JD Sports, has moved offshore because of Brexit.

However, the $9 billion group said its daily trade will stay in the UK and be taxed under UK jurisdiction.

September 10, 2021

Chairman Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen secures Lego’s legacy with son’s succession, JCB heir Jo Bamford ventures into green hydrogen projects, JD.com founder Richard Liu makes way for successor.

Chairman Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen secures Lego’s legacy with son’s succession

Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, the patriarch of the Danish family-owned toy giant Lego, says it is important to sustain the group’s legacy as he transfers control to his fourth-generation son.

September 8, 2021

Family businesses play a critical role internationally and in the context of African economies. However, due to a lack of reliable data their significance and contributions are not fully appreciated or understood. One thing is clear, however—family-owned businesses are the backbone of the African economy.

Family businesses play a critical role internationally and in the context of African economies. However, due to a lack of reliable data their significance and contributions are not fully appreciated or understood. One thing is clear, however—family-owned businesses are the backbone of the African economy.

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