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December 23, 2011

The third-generation of Australia’s Grollo family is set to take over the management of the family business, as second-generation and family patriarch Bruno Grollo is retiring from the development and construction company his father founded 60 years ago.

The third-generation of Australia’s Grollo family is set to take over the management of the family business, as second-generation and family patriarch Bruno Grollo is retiring from the development and construction company his father founded 60 years ago.

The company, which is still 100% owned by the founding family and intends to remain private, is best known for building some of Melbourne’s tallest buildings including the Eureka Tower and Rialto Towers.

November 8, 2011

Small-scale businesses dominate Australia's family business sector, but the country was also the birthplace of some of the world's most famous family business names, such as Rupert Murdoch. CampdenFB takes a look at some of the leading Australian family businesses in an interactive graphic.

Small-scale businesses dominate Australia's family business sector, but the country was also the birthplace of some of the world's most famous family business names, such as Rupert Murdoch. However, unlike Europe and Asia, the country's family business history is relatively short. Lionel Samson & Sons, thought to be Australia's oldest continuing family business, is six generations old.

September 22, 2011

Family-controlled Coopers Brewery says it will become the largest Australian-owned brewer once a planned takeover of rival Foster’s is completed.

Family-controlled Coopers Brewery says it will become the largest Australian-owned brewer once a planned takeover of rival Foster’s is completed.

Foster’s, the maker of VB and Crown Lager, has agreed to an offer worth AUS$9.9 billion (€7.2 billion) from London-based brewer SABMiller, producer of Grolsch and Miller Lite.

Although it only controls 4% of the market, the Foster's takeover should make Coopers, which will enter its 150th year in 2012, the biggest Australian brewery.

May 26, 2011

Frank Lowy, founder of the world’s biggest shopping centre chain Westfield, has stepped down as chief executive of the company and will be succeeded by his two sons.

Frank Lowy, founder of the world’s biggest shopping centre chain Westfield, has stepped down as chief executive of the company and will be succeeded by his two sons.

In a statement made during the group’s annual general meeting on 25 May, Lowy announced that he will become non-executive chairman, while his sons Peter Lowy and Steven Lowy will become joint chief executive officers.

August 27, 2010

Fairfax Media, the Sydney-based publishing and broadcasting company, announced a return to profit in the last year when it released its financial results on 27 August.

Fairfax Media, the Sydney-based publishing and broadcasting company, announced a return to profit in the last year when it released its financial results on 27 August.

Fairfax made a profit after tax of AUD$282 million (€197 million) for the year ending June 2010, compared with a loss of AUD$380 million for the same period in 2009. The company also said it has reduced its net debt by AUD$347 million.

July 20, 2010

John B Fairfax, board member of the family-controlled media company, announced yesterday he will not stand for re-election at the next Fairfax Media AGM.

John B Fairfax, board member of the family-controlled media company, announced yesterday he will not stand for re-election at the next Fairfax Media AGM.

His announcement means the founding family will have only one representative on the company's board, John's son Nicholas Fairfax.

June 18, 2010

With the transfer of wealth to the next generation of Asians underway and growing interest from highly-taxed western families, the region’s financial centres are rushing to court family offices, writes Paul Golden.

With the transfer of wealth to the next generation of Asians underway and growing interest from highly-taxed western families, the region's financial centres are rushing to court family offices, writes Paul Golden.

The relatively high percentage of first generation wealth creators in Asia has heightened awareness of family office services across the continent, with the major financial centres keen to promote themselves as the location of choice for these aspiring dynasties.

March 5, 2010

Investors are ploughing billions into farmland acquisitions convinced that food prices and land values are being driven upwards. Is farming as lucrative an investment as some commentators suggest?

Investors are ploughing billions into farmland acquisitions convinced that food prices and land values are being driven upwards. Is farming as lucrative an investment as some commentators suggest?

September 23, 2009

Ron Walker, the non-family chairman of Fairfax Media Ltd, will meet with investors next week to discuss his continuation with the company after two board members, both of the founding Fairfax family, stated they would not support his re-election as chairman.

Ron Walker, the non-family chairman of Fairfax Media Ltd, will meet with investors next week to discuss his continuation with the company after two board members, both of the founding Fairfax family, stated they would not support his re-election as chairman.
 

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