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September 30, 2019

CampdenFB has featured many of the leading lights in the family business and family office space over its 75 issues. Here we take a look at some of the icons in the world of business families plus the up-and-comers taking the community into the 21st century

CampdenFB has featured many of the leading lights in the family business and family office space over its 75 issues. Here we take a look at some of the icons in the world of business families plus the up-and-comers taking the community into the 21st century.

August 26, 2019

Flying in a private jet is the ultimate status symbol, but owning one isn’t the only way to travel. Alison Ebbage considers the practical and cost-effective alternatives.

Private aviation solves the perennial time shortage issue perfectly and provides a luxe experience to those able to afford it. Today there are more options than ever—ownership, fractional ownership and charter, which in turn divides into different models too—depending on whether the charter is for the seat or the plane and whether the access is on a subscription or on-demand basis.

February 28, 2019

Saputo to buy UK cheese maker Dairy Crest for $1.3 billion, Warren Buffett admits overpaying for Kraft Heinz, and JAB broadens portfolio with stake in pet hospitals.

Saputo to buy UK cheese maker Dairy Crest for $1.3 billion

Family-owned Canadian dairy giant Saputo is set to enter the British market for the first time after offering to buy cheese and butter maker Dairy Crest in a £975 million ($1.3 billion) deal, just months after acquiring Australia’s biggest dairy producer.

March 1, 2018

Rothschild makes way for son, Buffett’s $29 billion tax cut, family firms have worse management practices, study says.

Rothschild makes way for son

David de Rothschild, chairman of Rothschild & Co, is expected to set aside this year, to make way for his son and successor Alexandre.

The elder de Rothschild, pictured, has run the UK part of the investment group back since 2004, oversaw its merger with its French arm, and has run the joint effort since 2012.

January 31, 2018

VW caught in monkey test scandal; Berkshire, Amazon, JP Morgan plan healthcare non-profit; and Thomson Reuters family sell F&R business

VW caught in monkey test scandal

The reputation of family-owned Volkswagen has taken another hammering, after it became the scapegoat for emissions tests which forced monkeys to breathe diesel fumes.

October 12, 2017

Weinstein’s brother tasked with taking over; Buffett bets against autonomous trucking future;Tata Sons consolidates to cut losses

Weinstein’s brother tasked with taking over

Bob Weinstein is to take over the film company he founded with his brother, Harvey, after the high-level sexual harassment scandal which has seen the family business’s reputation severely damaged.

February 24, 2017

Heineken Asia gamble pays off as Tiger Beer flourishes; Berkshire Hathaway dumps $900 million Walmart stock; and Henkel reports strong fourth quarter

Heineken Asia gamble pays off as Tiger Beer flourishes

Netherlands-based brewer Heineken, controlled by the eponymous family, has reported its fastest earnings growth in seven years.

The 153-year-old family business said growth was driven by a 13% increase in revenue in Asia where larger sales have grown at a double-digit rate for two years.

Heineken gambled on the Asian market in 2012 when it purchased Asia Pacific Breweries, the producer of Tiger Beer, which has grown at a double-digit pace since 2015.

February 21, 2017

 A proposed $143 billion takeover of consumer giant Unilever by family-backed Kraft Heinz has been withdrawn less than 48 hours after the deal was first tabled.

A proposed $143 billion takeover of consumer giant Unilever by family-backed Kraft Heinz has been withdrawn less than 48 hours after the deal was first tabled.

Kraft Heinz made an initial offer on 17 February but withdrew it on 19 February with both companies issuing an unusual joint statement: “Unilever and Kraft Heinz hold each other in high regard. Kraft Heinz has the utmost respect for the culture, strategy and leadership of Unilever.”

November 11, 2016

ArcelorMittal posts profit amid cost increase; Henkel beats Q3 expectations; and Berkshire Hathaway shares surge on Trump election

ArcelorMittal posts profit amid cost increase

Family-owned steel giant ArcelorMittal has posted a net profit in the third quarter after cost reductions helped offset a drop in revenue.

However, the Luxembourg-based steelmaker warned higher coking-coal prices and falling US steel prices would hamper profitability in the current quarter.

ArcelorMittal also posted a 40% rise in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation to $1.9 billion, despite a 6.8% drop in revenue to $14.5 billion for the quarter.

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