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Senior leadership: Top 10 successful seniors

To kick-off our look into successful seniors, Campden FB presents 10 family business leaders who have grown, shaped and left indelible legacies on both the corporate landscape and their own families 

Arnold Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, 96, is the son of the founder of the AP Moller-Maersk Group. He became CEO and chairman on his father's death in 1965 but stepped down as CEO in 1993 and as chairman until 2003. He still personally controls a substantial portion of the company's shares and is one of Europe's most respected industrialists.

George Randolph Hearst Jr, 82, is chairman of the board at the US media conglomerate Hearst Corporation. George has been a director of the company, founded by his grandfather in 1887, for 40 years and sits on the board alongside his son, George R Hurst III, and five other family members.

Septuagenarian George Russell Jr grew his family business into one of the world's leading investment advisory firms, the Frank Russell Company, which won US family business of the year award in 1998, before the family sold it to Northwestern Mutual Life. Today, George is the chairman of multi family office Threshold Group. 

Professor Dr Werner Otto, 100, founded German mail-order company Otto in 1949, which is today a leading retail and services business with 123 major companies and 50,000 employees in 20 countries. He is renowned for placing great value on highly qualified executive teams for his support and treatment of handicapped children. 

Luciano Benetton, 74, founded the activities of the Benetton Group in 1965 with his three siblings. Today the business operates in 120 countries and had 2008 revenues of €2.1 billion. Italian-born Luciano is a former Senator of the Italian Republic and currently chairman of the listed group and a director of the family's financial holding company.

Roger Milliken, 94, assumed the presidency of Milliken & Company in 1947 upon the death of his father. US-based Milliken & Co is consistently named as one of the world's Most Ethical Companies. Roger has been chairman since 1983 and is also known for his donations to the Republican Party.

Ratan Tata, 71, is chairman of the family-owned Indian conglomerate Tata Group, a business he has helped to grow into a $28.8 billion concern. Ratan made his mark on the business by launching the world's cheapest car and by making a series of acquisitions, including steel-maker Corus and the iconic car brands Jaguar and Land Rover.

Yuzaburo Mogi, 73, serves as chairman and CEO of Kikkoman Corporation, which began as a combination of eight family-owned businesses founded in Japan in the early 1600s. Renowned for its soy sauce, he is the seventeenth generation of the founding family to work in the business, which is the world's oldest family company. 

Frank Stronach, 75, is the founder and chairman of Magna International Inc, the Canada-based auto-parts maker. In 1975 he started his first tool and die company, which eventually expanded into the $23 billion company he still oversees today. In 1971 Frank introduced his management philosophy, Fair Enterprise, which makes every employee a shareholder in Magna.

Martha Rivers Ingram, 74, is the chairman Emerita of Ingram Industries, one of America's largest privately held companies. A noted philanthropist and patron of the arts, She succeeded her late husband, E Bronson Ingram, who inherited his father's petroleum and barge empire, as chairman and CEO in 1995.

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