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Margherita Agnelli de Pahlen, daughter of the late Fiat chairman Gianni Agnelli, yesterday lost the court case she brought against her mother and three of her father’s advisors in which she claimed she had been denied her full inheritance.

The perils of owning and managing a family business are a regular feature of, writes Katie Barker. Sibling rivalry, a lack of succession planning and leaders who are unable to let go are just some of the problems that can result in family feuds, PR catastrophes or even the sale of the business

Thailand’s former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, had more than half of his assets seized by the supreme court on Friday after nine justices agreed he had deliberately hidden his wealth and concealed his shareholdings in the family business.

Akio Toyoda, the beleaguered fourth-generation head of Toyota, admitted that rapid expansion at the family company caused it to put growth ahead of safety and quality, resulting in the current recall crisis.

Toyota president and CEO Akio Toyoda has agreed to appear before the US House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Government Reform after being summoned by committee chairman Edolphus Towns yesterday.

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