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An entirely new breed of family offices is emerging in the 21st century, shaped by a next generation who are introducing new ideas about the role of the organisation. Suzanna de Baca explores how three family business heirs have recreated their family offices

Family-run businesses in Japan have spawned world-leading corporations, but ruinous inheritance taxes and fraud scandals have taken a heavy toll. Tim Hornyak meets the great and the good of family business leaders in Japan to gauge their views…

Known for their pragmatism and bluntness, Australians inhabit a vast island nation where family enterprise is deeply influenced by a harsh natural environment and social history. Dennis Jaffe investigates the succession issues facing the Aussie family businesses

In a world of global businesses, families increasingly view themselves as citizens of the world says Martyn C Gower. But what effect is this internationalisation having on different generations of the family, and on the business?

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 …

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