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November 17, 2020

Hoshi Ryokan from Japan, C Hoare & Co from the United Kingdom, De Kuyper Royal Distillers from The Netherlands and Mellerio dits Meller from France are some of the oldest companies in the world. While they represent diverse industries, from hospitality and banking services, to royal heritage distillery and luxury jewellery, they all share one common model. As family businesses, they managed to navigate multiple crises and build resilience over generations. 

Hoshi Ryokan from Japan, C Hoare & Co from the United Kingdom, De Kuyper Royal Distillers from The Netherlands and Mellerio dits Meller from France are some of the oldest companies in the world. While they represent diverse industries, from hospitality and banking services, to royal heritage distillery and luxury jewellery, they all share one common model. As family businesses, they managed to navigate multiple crises and build resilience over generations.

October 27, 2020

While some financial commentators described the onset of the Covid pandemic in March 2020 as a so-called “Black Swan”—a one-off, rare and unpredictable event—it would appear that what we are dealing with is more of a migratory bird, a “Black Stork” if you like, whose movements recur with an element of (seasonal) regularity, at least until there is a circuit-breaker.

While some financial commentators described the onset of the Covid pandemic in March 2020 as a so-called “Black Swan”—a one-off, rare and unpredictable event—it would appear that what we are dealing with is more of a migratory bird, a “Black Stork” if you like, whose movements recur with an element of (seasonal) regularity, at least until there is a circuit-breaker.

September 17, 2020

Deepening digital strategy boosts Inditex coronavirus recovery, Mars principal leads charge to overhaul capitalism with social purpose, Billionaire Chuck Feeney goes broke after going big in philanthropy.

Deepening digital strategy boosts Inditex coronavirus recovery

Online sales turbo-charged a V-shaped coronavirus recovery into profit for the digitally innovative Ortega family-owned Spanish fashion giant Inditex, best known for its high street chain Zara.

December 19, 2019

Verena Bahlsen, next generation entrepreneur and co-founder of food innovation incubator HERMANN’S, is looking to drive her family’s business into the future. She spoke to Susan Lingeswaran about history, being disruptive, and preserving legacy.

Verena Bahlsen, next generation entrepreneur and co-founder of food innovation incubator HERMANN’S, is looking to drive her family’s business into the future. She spoke to Susan Lingeswaran about history, being disruptive, and preserving legacy.

November 27, 2019

The Lego Group is building its connections with adult consumers by buying an online fan platform from the family office of a South Korean tech entrepreneur.

The Lego Group is building its connections with adult consumers by buying an online fan platform from the family office of a South Korean tech entrepreneur.

November 15, 2019

Walmart weathers trade war with soaring digital sales, family offices enticed to stay in Hong Kong, Jari Ovaskainen’s family office ties to Alierta family.

Walmart weathers trade war with soaring digital sales

The 3.2% growth in third-quarter sales announced by family business Walmart this week, ahead of lucrative holiday sales, are being seen as a sign of the US economy’s resilience against a weakening global economy.

September 13, 2019

Family offices are adopting the entrepreneurial flair of venture capitalists in their pursuit of bespoke real estate deals, Moonshot startups, sustainability projects and cross-border investments.

Family offices are adopting the entrepreneurial flair of venture capitalists in their pursuit of bespoke real estate deals, Moonshot startups, sustainability projects and cross-border investments.

August 30, 2019

Controversial family business titans David Koch and Ferdinand Piech, who died within days of each other, shaped the era they lived in, but their approach to succession was very different.

Controversial family business titans David Koch and Ferdinand Piech, who died within days of each other, shaped the era they lived in, but their approach to succession was very different.

June 27, 2019

Inspiring family businesses that excel in growth, governance, stewardship and sustainability will vie for six awards at the most prestigious awards ceremony in Europe’s family business society.

Inspiring family businesses that excel in growth, governance, stewardship and sustainability will vie for six awards at the most prestigious awards ceremony in Europe’s family business society.

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