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December 1, 2014

Russian aggression in Ukraine, Ebola in West Africa, Middle Eastern conflict, US midterm elections and a continuing debt crisis in Europe. Even if global macro funds are poor performers, geopolitics and macroeconomic data needs to be central to your asset allocation decision-making. 

In terms of performance, hedge funds have had it rough the past few years. And of all the alternative investment styles, global macro has arguably had it the worst. Global macro strategies try to forecast macroeconomic developments around the world, such as interest rates, geopolitics, government policies and so on.

October 10, 2014

Asia, the Middle East and Africa are currently some of the fastest growing economies in the world. Now a new report profiles what makes the regions’ high net worth business owners tick.

Founded in 1974, Foxconn, a Taiwanese electronics empire, already has revenues of $131.8 billion (€104.4 billion). It’s not a consumer brand, but its electrical components power iPhones, Kindles and Playstations, among other gadgets. Still in the hands of its founder, Terry Gou, the company is an example of the way private business can exploit the skyrocketing economies of developing regions.

March 6, 2014

The Saïd family made its fortune in large infrastructure projects in the Middle East, but second-generation Khaled Saïd realised early on it was overseeing the family’s portfolio that he had an eye for. He talks to CampdenFB about finding his feet as an entrepreneurial adviser

As a boy growing up in the UK, Khaled Saïd loved puzzles, maths and “figuring things out”. His father, Wafic, had made much of his fortune building significant infrastructure projects in the Middle East during the 1970s and 1980s. But Saïd, 38, had always been interested in the portfolio side of Saïd Holdings, which his father founded in 1987. Solving where he could fit into his family’s business was one more puzzle he had to “figure out”.

February 25, 2014

Welcome to CampdenFB’s fourth annual Top Family Business Leaders list, and, aided by a panel of experts, we have scoured the globe to find the individuals heading some of the most innovative, fastest growing and influential businesses on the planet.

It's that time of year again – CampdenFB's annual Top Family Business Leaders list. This year we bring you 60 of the most successful stewards and innovators in family business across the globe.

February 20, 2014

The Middle East’s ultra-high net worth population is emerging as a leading market for superyachts, with almost half owning or currently looking to buy the luxury asset, according to an industry trade organisation.

The Middle East’s ultra-high net worth population is emerging as a leading market for superyachts, with almost half owning or currently looking to buy the luxury asset, according to an industry trade organisation.

January 24, 2014

One of the biggest family businesses in the Middle East could launch its first IPO in a matter of months, according to media reports. 

One of the biggest family businesses in the Middle East could launch its first IPO in a matter of months, according to media reports.

Saudi Binladin Group, a second-generation construction company, could list one of its biggest divisions, Construction Products Holding (CPC), as early as June.

January 21, 2014

Middle Eastern and North African family business are expected to show a strong appetite for initial public offerings this year, building on an uptick in listings seen in 2013, according to a merger and acquisitions expert.

Last year, 23 Middle East and North Africa (MENA) family and non-family businesses raised $3 billion (€2.2 billion) through public listings, up 64% in volume and 51% in value compared to 2012.

Ernst & Young’s transaction advisory services leader for MENA Phil Gandier said the momentum for initial public offerings (IPOs) looks set to continue over the next nine months, with a strong pipeline of businesses preparing to list.

August 20, 2013

In a rare interview, CampdenFB talks to Mishal Kanoo, deputy chairman of one of the Middle East’s top family businesses, the Kanoo Group.

Family life is extremely private in the Gulf. In a way, it is not surprising that people who dress so conservatively, with women shrouded in black and men cloaked in white, should be so guarded in showing a public face. In the same way, family businesses in the Gulf Cooperation Council, which make up the vast majority of the successful corporations there, are curiously reluctant to share their successes with the press. For this reason, the willingness of Mishal Kanoo, deputy chairman of the GCC-based Kanoo Group, to speak to CampdenFB, is all the more remarkable.

July 18, 2013

Entrepreneur Lara Tarakjian and her brother are definitely smooth operators – they made their fortune with a chain of 20 laser hair-removal clinics in the Middle East.

Entrepreneur Lara Tarakjian and her brother are definitely smooth operators – they made their fortune with a chain of 20 laser hair-removal clinics in the Middle East.

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