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  • Worldwide spending on artificial intelligence and big data will reach the tens of billions by 2025. Michael Finnigan finds out what family-run operations need to know about the rise of the robots. 

  • Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Greta Garbo are among the Hollywood stars who helped immortalise Italian shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo. Michael Finnigan talks to grandson James about legacy, fashion and the family business

  • More than 5,000 single family offices are now in operation around the globe, according to a pioneering investigation by Campden Research, whose lead author believes it is the most accurate estimation to date.

  • Red bull heir indictment postposed once again; Sky takeover by Murdoch approved by European regulator; and BMW posts record-breaking March sales

  • JAB Holdings signs $7.5 billion acquisition of Panera Bread; Bertelsmann acquires stake in Indian ed-tech company Eruditus; and Antofagasta earnings leap on copper price recovery

  • Dyson profits up 41% on Asia surge; Wegmans Food Markets hands CEO role to next gen; and Al Masaood appoints new chairman

  • From culture to business, Japan sits a world apart—an isolated nation that through exceptional circumstances has allowed several thousand firms to remain in family hands for more than a century. Michael Finnigan takes a look

  • Founded in 705 AD and now in its 52nd generation, Japan’s Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan is today the world’s oldest family business. With that sort of longevity, it’s not surprising that the hot spring hotel has catered for some of Japan’s most famed ancient samurai and shōgun

  • Mars brings Maltesers to the US for the first time; Maersk Reaches North Sea tax deal with Denmark; and Australia’s Rinehart children granted permission to sue

  • Former Volkswagen chairman Ferdinand Piech is in talks to sell the majority of his shares in holding company Porsche SE in a move that could threaten its future as a family-run business. 

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