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July 6, 2018

The hot streak of multi-billion dollar mergers and acquisitions among major family businesses this year shows no signs of cooling with separate integrations involving Japan’s oil family Idemitsu and India’s steel family Tata.

The hot streak of multi-billion dollar mergers and acquisitions among major family businesses this year shows no signs of cooling with separate integrations involving Japan’s oil family Idemitsu and India’s steel family Tata.

Idemitsu Kosan, Japan’s second-largest oil wholesaler, is controlled by the founding Idemitsu family. Discussions have resumed with the country’s fourth-ranked rival refiner Showa Shell Sekiyu for a “business integration to enhance the corporate value of both companies,” Idemitsu Kosan said.

March 28, 2018

With an estimated $4 trillion expected to be passed down within a generation in North America and the UK alone, robust succession planning is paramount—but it can cause dilemmas. What are the options for those family business owners who are now approaching retirement, but whose children and grandchildren are either interested in pursuing alternative careers or too young to take on the business?

With an estimated $4 trillion expected to be passed down within a generation in North America and the UK alone, robust succession planning is paramount—but it can cause dilemmas. What are the options for those family business owners who are now approaching retirement, but whose children and grandchildren are either interested in pursuing alternative careers or too young to take on the business?

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.

May 12, 2010

In recent years, many family-owned or controlled companies have done well preparing their late boomers or gen-Xers to pay a leadership role in the family business through planning, education and work, write Dennis Jaffe and Keith Whitaker

In recent years, many family-owned or controlled companies have done well preparing their late boomers or gen-Xers to play a leadership role in the family business through planning, education and work, write Dennis Jaffe and Keith Whitaker.

April 19, 2010

Porsche AG, the family-controlled luxury carmaker, has unanimously re-elected Dr Wolfgang Porsche as chairman of the supervisory board, but said goodbye to another family member.

Porsche AG, the family-controlled luxury carmaker, has unanimously re-elected Dr Wolfgang Porsche as chairman of the supervisory board, but said goodbye to another family member.

March 12, 2010

Hyundai Motor Corporation, the Korea-based car company controlled by the Chung family, has announced third generation Chung Eui-Sun has been appointed to the company’s board.

Hyundai Motor Corporation, the Korea-based car company controlled by the Chung family, has announced third generation Chung Eui-Sun has been appointed to the company's board.
 
The promotion of the 39-year-old was approved by shareholders today and increases speculation that Chung Eui-Sun will succeed his father, Hyundai's 71-year-old chairman Chung Mong-Koo, as head of the business.
 

February 1, 2010

Hans Peter Porsche, third-generation family member of the founding Porsche family, retired from the supervisory board of the family business on Friday.

Hans Peter Porsche, third-generation family member of the founding Porsche family, retired from the supervisory board of the family business on Friday.

He is to be replaced by Sheikh Jassim Bin Abdulaziz Bin Jassim Al-Thani, a representative of Qatar Holdings, the Doha-based investment company that owns a 10% stake in Porsche. 

January 13, 2010

Jamnalal Bajaj, founder of The Bajaj Group, was a close confidant and disciple of Mahatma Gandhi. The family is known for the major contributions it made during India’s independence movement as well as industrialisation. Unfortunately, the family is also known for infighting over ownership and control of different businesses, writes Kavil Ramachandran

Jamnalal Bajaj, founder of The Bajaj Group, was a close confidant and disciple of Mahatma Gandhi. The family is known for the major contributions it made during India's independence movement as well as industrialisation. Unfortunately, the family is also known for infighting over ownership and control of different businesses.

The latest spat arose when fifth-generation managing director Rajiv Bajaj announced that the company would discontinue the production of their famous scooters from 2010.

January 13, 2010

Through their vast network of relationships, high net worth individuals are constantly made aware of entrepreneurial ventures or private companies looking for investors, writes Christian Mustad

Through their vast network of relationships, high net worth individuals are constantly made aware of entrepreneurial ventures or private companies looking for investors. When such an opportunity matches both their own entrepreneurial spirit as well as their passions, they will often invest significant amounts into private companies.

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