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April 28, 2008

Two of the world’s largest family-owned confectionery firms are to merge.

Two of the world's largest family-owned confectionery firms are to merge. Mars Inc has agreed to acquire 100% of the WM Wrigley Company for $23 billion.

April 25, 2008

Warren Buffett, the American investor and philanthropist, is coming to Europe next month to meet and greet family business owners.

Warren Buffett, the American investor and philanthropist, is coming to Europe next month to meet and greet family business owners. It has been reported that he is seeking a potential acquisition in the family business sphere for his Berkshire Hathaway (BH) investment house.

January 2, 2008

Marmon Holdings, an international association that is owned by the Pritzker family and made up of more than 125 manufacturing and service businesses with combined revenues of $7 billion, is to sell 60% of its shares to Berkshire Hathaway, the conglomerate owned and managed by billionaire Warren Buffett, for $4.5 billion.

Marmon Holdings, an international association that is owned by the Pritzker family and made up of more than 125 manufacturing and service businesses with combined revenues of $7 billion, is to sell 60% of its shares to Berkshire Hathaway, the conglomerate owned and managed by billionaire Warren Buffett (pictured), for $4.5 billion.

The remaining 40% will be acquired by Berkshire Hathaway through staged acquisitions over a five to six year period. Prior to closing, Marmon will make a substantial distribution of cash and certain assets to the selling shareholders.

July 1, 2006

How does a business-owning family renew a sense of ambition and drive in successive generations? Francois deVisscher looks at how entrepreneurs can instil a confidence and taste for risk-taking by introducing the next generation to philanthropic activities

François de Visscher  is founder and president of the family business consultancy de Visscher & Co. www.devisscher.com.

How does a business-owning family renew a sense of ambition and drive in successive generations? Francois deVisscher looks at how entrepreneurs can instil a confidence and taste for risk-taking by introducing the next generation to philanthropic activities

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