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January 23, 2015

2014 was a lively year for family businesses, from Abigail Johnson’s succession at Fidelity, to the Market Basket ownership struggle and of course Korean Air’s infamous ‘nut rage’ incident. Here we take a look at some of the issues we think will remain top-of-mind for 2015 and the family businesses to watch.

2014 was a lively year for family businesses, from Abigail Johnson’s succession at Fidelity, to the Market Basket ownership struggle and of course Korean Air’s infamous ‘nut rage’ incident. Here we take a look at some of the issues we think will remain top-of-mind for 2015 and the family businesses to watch.

1: Shareholder revolts

March 13, 2014

Majid and Badr Jafar are busy guiding Crescent Group through expansion in Iraq, embracing global diversification, and tackling family governance. They are also sounding the alarm over the bulge in Arab youth unemployment, and the $700 billion family business governance time bomb. CampdenFB reports 

Badr Jafar has had a long day. Dressed in immaculate business attire, his tie is askew and, although it is mid-afternoon, he’s still got a packed schedule for the rest of his day. In the evening, he flies to New York for a meeting at the United Nations about the Pearl Initiative, the private-sector partnership he set up to enrich Gulf corporate accountability and transparency.

February 25, 2014

It's that time of year again – CampdenFB's annual Top Family Business Leaders list. This year we bring you 60 of the most successful stewards and innovators in family business across the globe. It's almost time to reveal who made the grade.

It's that time of year again – CampdenFB's annual Top Family Business Leaders list. This year we bring you 60 of the most successful stewards and innovators in family business across the globe. It's almost time to reveal who made the grade.

December 27, 2013

Next-gens might feel that the older generation aren’t doing enough to help them develop a good relationship with the family firm. But they can take matters into their own hands. CampdenFB takes a look. 

Next-gens might feel that the older generation aren’t doing enough to help them develop a good relationship with the family firm. But they can take matters into their own hands. CampdenFB takes a look.

June 6, 2013

More than a quarter of US family businesses questioned in a Deloitte survey do not have a board of directors, and of those that do, the majority lack diversity in terms of non-executives, non-family members and female representation.

More than a quarter of US family businesses questioned in a Deloitte survey do not have a board of directors, and of those that do, the majority lack diversity in terms of non-executives, non-family members and female representation.

The report, Perspectives on Family-Owned Businesses, also found succession planning was a large area of inactivity when it came to governance of family businesses.

June 5, 2013

The chief executive of the US-based Morgans Hotel Group has urged shareholders to reelect the existing board of directors, and reject a bid by two families to place their children at the helm of the company.

The chief executive of the US-based Morgans Hotel Group has urged shareholders to reelect the existing board of directors, and reject a bid by two families to place their children at the helm of the company. He has also said that, if reelected, the board will consider strategic alternatives for the company, including its sale.

Michael Gross said Michael Olshan, Andrea Olshan and Jason Taubman Kalisman do not have the relevant business, industry or public company experience to qualify them to serve as directors.

April 25, 2013

How do you avoid strife in sibling relationships in family businesses? CampdenFB takes a look.

January 22, 2013

European family businesses are a safe bet for investors even in times of economic crises, according to research by the Instituto de Empresa business school, but the problems associated with family ownership make potential investors wary.

European family businesses are a safe bet for investors even in times of economic crises, according to research by the Instituto de Empresa business school, but the problems associated with family ownership make potential investors wary.

December 18, 2011

Family businesses are the backbone of Italy’s economy but governance seems to be their biggest challenge, with many family firms struggling when it comes to integrating non-family executives.

Family businesses are the backbone of Italy’s economy but governance seems to be their biggest challenge, with many family firms struggling when it comes to integrating non-family executives and expanding the business, according to a leading academic.

Guido Corbetta, professor of family business at Bocconi University, told CampdenFB that companies with concentrated ownership and leadership structures, typically with few family members involved, tend to work best.

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