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January 30, 2013

More financial results have come in for 2012, with the profits of family-controlled H&M, Fiat and Ford buffeted by Europe's continuing economic problems. Meanwhile, Associated British Foods – run by the Westons – had a strong start to 2013.

More financial results have come in for 2012, with the profits of family-controlled H&M, Fiat and Ford buffeted by Europe's continuing economic problems. Meanwhile, Associated British Foods – run by the Westons – had a strong start to 2013. 

December 13, 2012

When the oldest known model of a Ford car went up for auction, one man was on a mission to make sure he got his hands on it.

When the oldest known model of a Ford car went up for auction in October, one man was on a mission to make sure he got his hands on it.

And no, it wasn’t some celebrity with a penchant for Fords. It was Bill Ford, the great-grandson of Henry Ford, the founder of the eponymous carmaker.

Bill revealed he was the buyer of the 1903 Model A as part of an employee event to kick off the 150th anniversary celebration of Henry’s birth.

November 6, 2012

Two American family businesses have taken different approaches to their succession planning, with Sheetz relying on its owners while Ford will continue to put its faith in non-family Alan Mulally. 

Two American family businesses have taken different approaches to their succession planning, with Sheetz relying on its owners while Ford will continue to put its faith in non-family Alan Mulally.

Joe Sheetz, presently executive vice-president of finance and store development, will become president and chief executive of convenient store chain Sheetz next year.

October 31, 2012

Economic woes are no doubt having an impact on the performance of family businesses around the world, but some companies are posting figures that are simply poles apart.

Economic woes are no doubt having an impact on the performance of family businesses around the world, but some companies are posting figures that are simply poles apart.

ArcelorMittal, the family-controlled steel and mining company, said sales fell to $19.7 billion (€15.1 billion) for the third quarter of 2012, from $24.2 billion for the same period last year.

October 29, 2012

It’s been a case of winning some and losing some for family businesses across the globe, through a series of acquisitions, closures and deal-breakers.

It’s been a case of winning some and losing some for family businesses across the globe, through a series of acquisitions, closures and deal-breakers.

Leading the way is media group Bertelsmann, controlled by the Mohn family, which is linking up with UK rival Pearson.

The agreement will see the merger of Random House and Penguin, respectively the publishing arms of Germany’s Bertelsmann and Pearson.

April 25, 2012

Ford Motors, the only American carmaking giant that didn’t take bailout money during the financial crisis, is to stick to its turnaround plan, following an upgrade by a top credit rating agency.

Ford Motors, the only American carmaking giant that didn’t take bailout money during the financial crisis, is to stick to its turnaround plan, following an upgrade by a top credit rating agency.

“We have a plan – the One Ford Plan – and we are sticking to it,” a spokesman for the family-controlled automaker told CampdenFB.

December 17, 2011

Ford might be best known as a maker of family cars, but the family business also likes to dip its toes in more exciting motoring activities, like the FIA World Rally Championship.

Ford might be best known as a maker of family cars, but the family business also likes to dip its toes, or wheels if you will, in more exciting motoring activities, like the FIA World Rally Championship.

It confirmed this week that it will continue taking part in the event in 2012 and 2013, working with long-term partner M-Sport – which operates its rally activities.

August 23, 2011

The families behind carmakers Ford and Toyota are teaming up to develop fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles, as the companies aim to increase their presence in the growing green-vehicle market.

The families behind carmakers Ford and Toyota are teaming up to develop fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles, as the companies aim to increase their presence in the growing green-vehicle market.

A joint statement released by the American and Japanese automobile manufacturers said that a memorandum of understanding has been signed between the two companies, aimed at pooling together technology and know-how to co-develop a hybrid system for trucks and SUVs.

June 15, 2011

Family businesses are alive and well in the US, with the top 100 generating approximately $1.6 trillion to America’s $14.6 trillion GDP in 2010. Just under half of the top 100 are owned outright by the family, a higher proportion than in Europe, where Campden’s top 100 family business for the region found that less than a third were fully controlled by the family.

Family businesses are alive and well in the US, with the top 100 generating approximately $1.6 trillion to America’s $14.6 trillion GDP in 2010. Just under half of the top 100 are owned outright by the family, a higher proportion than in Europe, where Campden’s top 100 family business for the region found that less than a third were fully controlled by the family.

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