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February 21, 2013

CampdenFB unveils its annual Top 50 Family Business Leaders list – the names inspiring their businesses and beyond.

February 15, 2013

A fifth-generation member of the Ford family has been promoted vice-president of the eponymous US carmaker. Elena Ford is also poised to take the wheel of a new division managing strategy and customer service at Ford dealerships in March.

A fifth-generation member of the Ford family has been promoted vice-president of the eponymous US carmaker. Elena Ford is also poised to take the wheel of a new division managing strategy and customer service at Ford dealerships in March.

January 26, 2012

Last year was a tumultuous time for markets on the back of fears of a second recession, but some family businesses look to have weathered 2011 remarkably well, reporting record revenues and profits.

Last year was a tumultuous time for markets on the back of fears of a second recession, but some family businesses look to have weathered 2011 remarkably well, reporting record revenues and profits.

Take for example the Bosch Group, the German car parts supplier controlled by descendants of the founding family. Revenues at the Stuttgart-based family business exceeded €50 billion for the very first time last year, according to preliminary figures released by the company this week.

July 8, 2011

Handing control of a family business over to the next generation is perhaps the biggest challenge facing any family business, and the way it is handled decides if a company will thrive or fail. Katie Barker, with an eye on 50 editions of FB, speaks to a number of family business luminaries on how they have dealt with succession.

The family Ford probably know a thing or two about succession. After all Bill Ford – the great-grandson of one of the main architects of global capitalism, Henry Ford – is the executive chairman of the company his illustrious predecessor founded more than 100 years ago.

May 13, 2011

The Ford family, who control the US-based carmaker of the same name, won a shareholder vote on 12 May to retain the multiple voting shares through which they control the company.

The Ford family, who control the US-based carmaker of the same name, won a shareholder vote on 12 May to retain the multiple voting shares through which they control the company.

The proposal to dismantle the group’s two-tier share system was rejected at the company’s annual shareholder meeting by a 68.5% majority, Ford said in a statement.

March 9, 2011

Evidence of family businesses reaping the rewards of a revival in economic activity was indicated by two large payouts to family business owners this week.

Evidence of family businesses reaping the rewards of a revival in economic activity was indicated by two large payouts to family business owners this week.

Top on the list was Chile’s Luksic family, which will receive more than $700 million due to growth on the back of record prices of copper of its mining company Antofagasta. Bill Ford, fourth-generation chairman of Ford Motor, also has lucked out being paid a hefty dividend of $42 million for being instrumental in the company’s revival.

October 27, 2010

Ford Motor, controlled by the Ford family, said net earnings were $1.7 billion in the third quarter, an increase of $690 million.

Ford Motor, controlled by the Ford family, said net earnings were $1.7 billion in the third quarter, an increase of $690 million.
 
The Detroit-based carmaker said the strong performance brings the company's net profits in the year to date to $6.4 billion, compared with a loss of $14.6 billion in 2008.
 
Despite the improved profitability, Ford is still grappling with a high debt burden totalling $26.4 billion at the end of September.
 

August 9, 2010

Bill Ford, executive chairman of family-controlled carmaker Ford, last week sold 3.4 million common shares and stock options in the company, worth around $28 million.

Bill Ford, executive chairman of family-controlled carmaker Ford, last week sold 3.4 million common shares and stock options in the company, worth around $28 million. 

He also received his first wage in five years, according to an email to Ford employees reported in the Wall Street Journal. Ford (pictured) pledged he would forgo his salary until the company was once again in a strong financial situation.

November 1, 2005

In family business, being successful doesn't necessarily mean you're doing well in dollars and cents. If your family isn't squabbling over who should be boss, or wrestling with decades of habit to bring the independence of your board up to speed – and business isn't suffering – then you're not doing badly at all. Families in Business examines the world's ten most successful family business CEOs, ranking equally by sales or revenue and the decisions and achievements the CEO has made during the year. All inheritor CEOs have worked to earn their place, bringing in major deals for their companies on their own merit prior to taking on the top job. Watch for these guys in 2006, writes Melanie Stern

In family business, being successful doesn't necessarily mean you're doing well in dollars and cents. If your family isn't squabbling over who should be boss, or wrestling with decades of habit to bring the independence of your board up to speed – and business isn't suffering – then you're not doing badly at all. Families in Business examines the world's ten most successful family business CEOs, ranking equally by sales or revenue and the decisions and achievements the CEO has made during the year.

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