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October 30, 2018

A vast increase of wealth among the world’s aging billionaire population is creating a new wave of powerful multigenerational families, according to the new Billionaires Insights 2018 report.

A vast increase of wealth among the world’s aging billionaire population is creating a new wave of powerful multigenerational families, according to the new Billionaires Insights 2018 report.

The world’s 2,158 billionaires collectively increased their wealth by $1.4 trillion last year to $8.9 trillion—the largest absolute increase in billionaire wealth history.

A total of 199 billionaires were created over the year globally, with nearly one-third gaining their wealth through some form of innovation.

August 30, 2018

Ermenegildo Zegna is renowned for its luxury menswear, but the Italian family-owned group is pursuing American women and millennials and consolidating its Asian market with its $500 million takeover of US label Thom Browne.

Ermenegildo Zegna is renowned for its luxury menswear, but the Italian family-owned group is pursuing American women and millennials and consolidating its Asian market with its $500 million takeover of US label Thom Browne.

August 8, 2018

Heineken strikes Chinese expansion deal, Continental splits its business, and Cargill bulks up on meat, animal feed

Heineken strikes Chinese expansion deal

Heineken has taken a $3.1 billion stake in the parent company of China’s largest brewery, China Resources Beer, heating up competition among Western brewers breaking into the largest emerging market.

Heineken, the world’s second largest brewer and 50% owned by the founding family, currently runs at a loss in China, and the new acquisition will give it access to strong distribution networks, and the chance to acquaint Chinese drinkers with its products.

April 18, 2018

Western and Middle East family investors should be prepared to engage families in Asia and China as a new generation of globalised next-gens take ownership from their ageing founders in the coming decade.

Western and Middle East family investors should be prepared to engage families in Asia and China as a new generation of globalised next-gens take ownership from their ageing founders in the coming decade.

This was among the insights heard by international family business principals and significant investors when they attended the East Meets West Discovery Seminar, the second annual private event hosted by Campden Wealth in London yesterday.

March 6, 2018

Flat global sales and corporate streamlining are behind an 8% drop in revenue for 2017, the Danish family owned Lego Group announced today.

Flat global sales and corporate streamlining are behind an 8% drop in revenue for 2017, the Danish family owned Lego Group announced today.

Revenue for the full year fell after more than a decade of strong growth to DKK 35 billion ($5.8 billion) from DKK 37.9 billion ($6.3 billion) in 2016. The decline came despite a Lego movie and Star Wars merchandise tie-ins and the royal opening of the Lego House family attraction last year.

March 2, 2018

Billionaires are growing in numbers and many want philanthropic advice, but public trust in charities has dropped and challenges remain in getting donations to where funds are most needed.

Billionaires are growing in numbers and many want philanthropic advice, but public trust in charities has dropped and challenges remain in getting donations to where funds are most needed.

These were among the international perspectives and trends in philanthropy discussed at the first Philanthropy Programme event for 2018, organised by Philanthropy Impact and the STEP Society.

December 18, 2017

Why are family-controlled companies in Asia-Pacific much more likely to be publicly listed than in other parts of the world?

Why are family-controlled companies in Asia-Pacific much more likely to be publicly listed than in other parts of the world?

September 22, 2017

L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt dies at 94, Maersk ships off its tanker business for $1.17 billion, and Chinese next-gens reluctant to take the reins.

L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt dies at 94

Liliane Bettencourt, the heiress to the L’Oreal cosmetics fortune and the world’s richest woman, has died at home in Paris, aged 94.

Bettencourt, whose net worth was estimated at $39.5 billion, was the daughter of Eugène Schueller, who made a fortune as the inventor of modern hair dye and founder of L’Oreal.

Bettencourt was said to have adored her father, whose company she inherited on his death in 1957, her mother having died when she was five.

September 15, 2017

Lotte to sell stores over Chinese missile defence sanctions; youngest-ever chief financial officer steps up at Kraft Heinz; and NZ philanthropist and businessman dies.

Lotte to sell stores over Chinese missile defence sanctions

South Korean chaebol Lotte is to start selling its Chinese supermarkets, after Beijing hit it with unofficial sanctions related to the nuclear arms tensions on the Korean peninsula.

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