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February 28, 2012

It’s been a good week for three of Europe’s biggest family businesses, although Denmark’s Moller-Maersk Group has been hit by “voltatile markets”.

It’s been a good week for three of Europe’s biggest family businesses, although Denmark’s Moller-Maersk Group has been hit by “voltatile markets”.

German carmaker Volkswagen said revenues jumped 25.6% to €159.34 billion in 2011, from €126.88 billion in 2010.

November 22, 2011

Risk management has become a top priority for family offices in the wake of the uncertain market conditions, finds a new survey by Campden Research.

Risk management has become a top priority for family offices in the wake of the uncertain market conditions, finds a new survey by Campden Research.

The report, which looked at more than 50 single and multi family offices based in Europe, found that average returns had dropped over the last year, with multi family offices witnessing a bigger hit. But that hasn’t stopped family offices from increasing their exposure to riskier assets such as hedge funds and equities.

September 28, 2011

The challenges facing family businesses not only differ between emerging and western markets, but even within each of these markets, according to a family business expert. 

The challenges facing family businesses not only differ between emerging and western markets, but even within each of these markets, according to a family business expert.

Jörg Ritter, co-head of the family business advisory division of executive search firm Egon Zehnder International, said that despite operating in similar developed markets, family businesses in Europe and the US have to deal with very different issues that affect their success.

July 4, 2011

Ever since European royalty started holidaying and building villas in Cap Ferret, Cannes and St Tropez in the 19th century, the South of France has been the preferred Mediterranean second home destination for the super rich. Campden takes a look at some of the hot properties in South France in an interactive graphic. 

Ever since European royalty started holidaying and building villas in Cap Ferret, Cannes and St Tropez in the 19th century, the South of France has been the preferred Mediterranean second home destination for the super rich. Name nearly any famously wealthy European industrialist, Russian oligarch, or movie star and the chances are they either have or have had a villa somewhere in the beautiful South of France. Campden takes a look at some of the hot properties in South France in an interactive graphic.

February 10, 2011

The year has started on a positive note for family-controlled carmakers, with BMW, Audi and Peugeot Citroen reporting a rise in sales. Helped by surging demand not just in emerging markets, but also the developed world, it has raised hopes that the worst of recession may be running its course for the automobile sector.

The year has started on a positive note for family-controlled carmakers, with BMW, Audi and Peugeot Citroen reporting a rise in sales. Helped by surging demand not just in emerging markets, but also the developed world, it has raised hopes that the worst of recession may be running its course for the automobile sector.

December 21, 2010

Family businesses dominate the economies of Western Europe. But until now there has been no definitive list of the top 100 and how much families control of these businesses

Welcome to the first definitive list of the top 100 family businesses in Europe, compiled by CampdenFB. The role of family businesses in the European economy is paramount to the success of the countries that comprise the biggest economic region in the world.

August 11, 2010

Billionaires might be lining up in the US to join the so-called Gates pledge initiative, but so far it has little support outside of America, writes Katie Barker.

Billionaires might be lining up in the US to join the so-called Gates pledge initiative, but so far it has little support outside of America, writes Katie Barker. 
 
Forty billionaires have signed up to the pledge, whereby they agree to give away at least half of their fortunes to philanthropy during their lifetime or shortly after their death. But not one of them is based outside of the US.
 

May 21, 2008

Families in Business, in partnership with IMD, is proud to present an exclusive webcast with Warren Buffett and Israeli family businessman Eitan Wertheimer, chairman of Iscar.

Families in Business, in partnership with IMD, is proud to present an exclusive webcast with Warren Buffett and Israeli family businessman Eitan Wertheimer (pictured with Buffett), chairman of Iscar.

The world's richest man, investment guru Buffett has this week made a tour of Europe to raise the profile of his Berkshire Hathaway investment house and to search out potential acquisitions of family-owned companies.

May 7, 2008

PAI Partners, one of the oldest private equity firms in Europe, is targeting family-owned companies for its new €5.4 billion fund.

PAI Partners, one of the oldest private equity firms in Europe, is targeting family-owned companies for its new €5.4 billion fund. The fund, PAI Europe V, closed yesterday and is the largest private equity fund ever raised in continental Europe.

"We think there are thousands of important family-owned companies in France, Spain, Italy and Germany, which will need to change hands for all sorts of reasons in the coming years," said Dominique Mégret, chairman and CEO of PAI, without mentioning any companies by name.

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