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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.

December 8, 2021

There is careful planning involved at every stage of the business life-cycle, such as launching new product lines, entering new markets and moving into adjacent industries. An owner-managed business would be adept at managing such transitions, and the rigorous planning that precedes them.

There is careful planning involved at every stage of the business life-cycle, such as launching new product lines, entering new markets and moving into adjacent industries. An owner-managed business would be adept at managing such transitions, and the rigorous planning that precedes them.

Why is it then, that a different logic should apply when faced with the question of planning for succession to the family business?

December 6, 2021

Zara owner Inditex names Ortega heiress as chairwoman, Gucci heirs fire back at “hooligan” portrayal in House of Gucci, Formula One pioneer Sir Frank Williams’s legacy remembered.

Zara owner Inditex names Ortega heiress as chairwoman

Marta Ortega Perez, youngest daughter of billionaire Inditex founder Amancio Ortega, says she will build upon her parents’ legacy and balance innovation and heritage as she prepares to head the world’s largest apparel retailer.

December 1, 2021

Investors have divided into two camps. Those who believe inflation will subside and the rise in prices will prove temporary. And others who fear we are entering a period of high sustained inflation reminiscent of the 1970s. We consider both scenarios unlikely.

Investors have divided into two camps. Those who believe inflation will subside and the rise in prices will prove temporary. And others who fear we are entering a period of high sustained inflation reminiscent of the 1970s. We consider both scenarios unlikely.

Overlay the bottom chart below and you would be forgiven for believing that we are now on the same trajectory as we were 50 years ago. There are parallels but to assume the economy will meet the same inflationary fate would be a grave mistake for investors.

November 29, 2021

Heir Lorenzo Bertelli vows to keep Prada in the family, ‘Self-understanding’ mission statement for Bahlsen push in US, Gautam Adani says climate change policies must be equitable and pragmatic.

Heir Lorenzo Bertelli vows to keep Prada in the family

Lorenzo Bertelli, heir apparent to Prada, promises to keep the Italian luxury fashion group under family control when he succeeds his father in three years’ time.

November 26, 2021

In 1925, Vincent Massey, the scion of one of the wealthiest families in Canada, did something that Ed Rogers today would find unthinkable. He quit.

In 1925, Vincent Massey, the scion of one of the wealthiest families in Canada, did something that Ed Rogers today would find unthinkable.

He quit.

Massey (pictured below right) was the fourth-generation heir to his family’s Massey-Harris farm equipment company, then already well on its way to becoming Canada’s first truly global firm. Despite this, Massey decided that his future lay not in tractors, but in public service and philanthropy. He later became governor general of Canada.

November 18, 2021

Juergen Heraeus describes himself as “just a shareholder” since he stepped down as chairman of the supervisory board of Heraeus Group after two decades last year. However, that modestly underestimates his revolutionary stewardship of the $3.5 billion family-owned giant, which celebrates its 200th anniversary as a company in 2051.

Juergen Heraeus describes himself as “just a shareholder” since he stepped down as chairman of the supervisory board of Heraeus Group after two decades last year. However, that modestly underestimates his revolutionary stewardship of the $3.5 billion family-owned giant, which celebrates its 200th anniversary as a company in 2051.

November 17, 2021

Family offices in North America have seen their wealth and returns soar past Asia-Pacific and European contemporaries, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, as their expanding vehicles act on their confident economic outlook and eye cannabis investments and fintech transactions.

Family offices in North America have seen their wealth and returns soar past Asia-Pacific and European contemporaries, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, as their expanding vehicles act on their confident economic outlook and eye cannabis investments and fintech transactions.

However, North American families want to cut their exposure to fixed income investments next year, believe their cyber security measures need improvement and fall behind global peers in formal succession planning.

November 17, 2021

European family offices are more optimistic about the economic outlook for 2022 than Asia-Pacific and North American peers and more than half of continental families are open to new investment opportunities.

European family offices are more optimistic about the economic outlook for 2022 than Asia-Pacific and North American peers and more than half of continental families are open to new investment opportunities.

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