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July 3, 2015

Like many next-generation entrepreneurs, the idea for Jan Olszewski’s new business came from seeing a gap in the market.

Like many next-generation entrepreneurs, the idea for Jan Olszewski’s new business came from seeing a gap in the market.

June 23, 2015

The vast majority of high net worth investors consider social impact an important factor when choosing investments, but many are unsure who to turn to for advice on opportunities and execution, new research has revealed.

The vast majority of high net worth investors consider social impact an important factor when choosing investments, but many are unsure who to turn to for advice on opportunities and execution, new research has revealed.

RBC and Capgemini’s World Wealth Report, which surveyed more than 5,000 individuals, also found that strong economic and equity market performance has created 920,000 new millionaires worldwide in 2014.

April 24, 2015

Mahindra & Mahindra to acquire Italian car designer Pininfarina; Sabanci family applies to sell 7.7% stake in Yunsa; and DMCI reports 43% drop in 2014 net income

Mahindra & Mahindra to acquire Italian car designer Pininfarina 

Indian automaker Mahindra & Mahindra, owned by the eponymous family, is working to present a formal offer for Pininfarina in time for the Italian car designer’s shareholder meeting next week, according to Reuters.

April 23, 2015

Investor sentiment and family reputation could be driving the Walton family’s announcement that it intends to cap its stake in US hypermarket chain Walmart at 50%, according to a business academic from Arkansas, where the company is headquartered.

Investor sentiment and family reputation could be driving the Walton family’s announcement that it intends to cap its stake in US hypermarket chain Walmart at 50%, according to a business academic from Arkansas, where the company is headquartered.

Share buyback programmes have caused the family’s stake to rise above the threshold, and it has consequently announced it will rid itself of shares “from time to time” to stop this.

April 20, 2015

A flash of inspiration during a conference on entrepreneurship led second-generation Rasha Khawaja, daughter of Syrian businessman and philanthropist Wafic Saïd, to her first venture. Toucan is an online portal where creatives can safely pitch their ideas and gain advice from industry professionals

A flash of inspiration during a conference on entrepreneurship led second-generation Rasha Khawaja, daughter of Syrian businessman and philanthropist Wafic Saïd, to her first venture. Toucan is an online portal where creatives can safely pitch their ideas and gain advice from industry professionals.

January 30, 2015

British airline Monarch has said it expects to return to profit this year following a multi-million pound rescue package by Greybull Capital family office, which purchased the firm in October.

British airline Monarch has said it expects to return to profit this year following a multi-million pound rescue package by Greybull Capital family office, which purchased the firm in October.

The Luton-based airline was reportedly on the brink of collapse before Greybull Capital, headed by the Meyohas brothers, injected £125 million (€166 million) in October in exchange for a 90% stake.

January 23, 2015

2014 was a lively year for family businesses, from Abigail Johnson’s succession at Fidelity, to the Market Basket ownership struggle and of course Korean Air’s infamous ‘nut rage’ incident. Here we take a look at some of the issues we think will remain top-of-mind for 2015 and the family businesses to watch.

2014 was a lively year for family businesses, from Abigail Johnson’s succession at Fidelity, to the Market Basket ownership struggle and of course Korean Air’s infamous ‘nut rage’ incident. Here we take a look at some of the issues we think will remain top-of-mind for 2015 and the family businesses to watch.

1: Shareholder revolts

January 22, 2015

More than two-thirds of family businesses in the US have failed to implement formal risk management procedures, despite the majority recognising that threat identification is a top priority, new research has revealed. 

More than two-thirds of family businesses in the US have failed to implement formal risk management procedures, despite the majority recognising that threat identification is a top priority, new research has revealed.

Family Enterprise Risk Index 2015, published by strategic risk and insurance advisor Crystal & Company, found that 66% of respondents believed that risk management was a top strategic objective, but found only 30% had implemented formal processes.

January 16, 2015

Li Ka-shing restructures business empire, shares soar; Samsung crushes rumours of $7.5 billion Blackberry bid

Li Ka-shing restructures business empire, shares soar

Share prices at Hong Kong-based conglomerate Hutchinson Whampoa and property giant Cheung Kong Holdings rose dramatically on Monday following reports of a multi-billion dollar corporate restructure by owner Li Ka-Shing.

As a result, Cheung Kong's shares were up in Hong Kong as much as 14% in afternoon trading on Monday, while Hutchison Whampoa's shares surged more than 12%. 

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