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April 24, 2017

Donald Trump’s election as the 45th US president has thrust a family business leader into the most important job in the world. What will be the impact on family businesses in the US (and beyond) of having a family business-friendlier figure in charge? Nicholas Moody and James Beech report

Donald Trump’s election as the 45th US president has thrust a family business leader into the most important job in the world. What will be the impact on family businesses in the US (and beyond) of having a family business-friendlier figure in charge? Nicholas Moody and James Beech report

February 7, 2017

Nobody really knows what the Trump presidency will bring, but one thing is certain: Trump is a very controversial figure who evokes strong emotions on both sides

Two days after Donald Trump shocked the world by being elected as the 45th President of the United States, my wife and I travelled to Argentina for a vacation. Nearly everyone we met asked about the election, mostly saying something like: “What are you crazy Yanquis thinking?” The newspaper headlines in Buenos Aires were extremely unflattering, as they probably were worldwide. Nobody really knows what the Trump presidency will bring, but one thing is certain: Trump is a very controversial figure who evokes strong emotions on both sides.

November 11, 2016

US family business leaders are searching for silver linings from the presidential election of Donald Trump, just as their British counterparts are doing with Brexit.

US family business leaders are searching for silver linings from the presidential election of Donald Trump, just as their British counterparts are doing with Brexit.

October 26, 2016

Why appoint family members as directors when the pool of excellent, qualified, independent executives numbers in the thousands?

Why appoint family members as directors when the pool of excellent, qualified, independent executives numbers in the thousands?

The Fourth of July is a US national carnival unlike any other – celebrating the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

May 12, 2016

There are very few family business stories as exciting, interesting, or unpredictable as Hess Oil and its founding father.

May 9, 2016

From Koch Industries to Advance Publications, Campden Research has compiled the first-ever list of the Top 10 wholly-owned US family businesses – a group we’ve dubbed ‘The 100% Club’

May 9, 2016

Statistics increasingly tout the number of women being considered for leadership roles in US family businesses. But should family businesses be patting themselves on the back for gender equality just yet? 

As a child, Lisa Ingram enjoyed visiting her father at work. She and her two siblings would often spend time in the headquarters of White Castle, a fourth-generation chain of fast food restaurants based in Columbus, Ohio. While their father, Bill Ingram, then the company’s chief executive, was busy working in his office, the siblings would have a snack in the cafeteria or help the company’s receptionist operate the switchboard.

April 8, 2016

Family businesses claim superiority due to their long-term orientation. Nowhere is this more evident than their treatment of people

On a cold, rainy February night, I connected through New York’s La Guardia Airport. The plane stopped short of the gate, and the passengers walked down steps to the tarmac to collect our gate-checked bags and walk about 200 metres in the rain to the terminal.  This is the airport for America’s greatest city, I thought, yet it is clearly suffering from neglect.

June 26, 2013

Family business should not be confused with small business in the US

Size matters in the US, which is home to some of the world’s biggest family businesses. The country’s five largest family-controlled firms – Walmart, Ford, Cargill, Koch Industries and Comcast – had combined revenues of $911.9 billion (€694.8 billion) in 2012, more than Indonesia’s GDP.

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