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Marmon Holdings, an international association that is owned by the Pritzker family and made up of more than 125 manufacturing and service businesses with combined revenues of $7 billion, is to sell 60% of its shares to Berkshire Hathaway, the conglomerate owned and managed by billionaire Warren Buffett, for $4.5 billion.

When a family business goes global, by choice or by circumstance, the family could then face the further decision of whether or not to go public. Will this make the business easier to manage or will the family lose control? John A Davis explores …

Reports of corruption and fraud in major businesses have filled the first weeks of the new year with some notable family names being sullied. William Boston examines the implications of corruption allegations at a family business

The long-running saga of whether Rupert Murdoch would choose one his siblings to be his successor finally looks to be over with the appointment of James Murdoch as chairman and CEO for News Corporation Europe and Asia.

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A problem for many companies is how to raise liquidity and yet remain private. Michael Fischer discovers that one firm may have found the answer – a little known electronic
market that US businesses are keen to join and competitors are desperate to copy

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