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October 18, 2013

The kidnapping of Freddy Heineken is to be dramatised in a new film starring British actor Anthony Hopkins as the Dutch brewery heir.

The kidnapping of Freddy Heineken is to be dramatised in a new film starring British actor Anthony Hopkins as the Dutch brewery heir.

In 1983, a gang of four criminals who had been friends since childhood abducted Heineken, the third-gen of the brewery empire and the man responsible for its global expansion.

Heineken, along with his chauffeur Ab Doderer, was held for three weeks before being ransomed for 35 million Dutch guilders (€14.4 million) – a record-breaking amount at the time.

August 29, 2013

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, chairman of NewsCorp and 21st Century Fox, is moving into the business of winemaking, with the purchase of a $29 million (€22 million) property in the Californian suburb of Bel Air in the US.

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, chairman of NewsCorp and 21st Century Fox, is moving into the business of winemaking, with the purchase of a $29 million (€22 million) property in the Californian suburb of Bel Air in the US.

The 13-acre property, Moraga Vineyards, produces about 1,500 cases of wine a year and includes staff quarters, a tasting room and wine cave. The sale includes $4 million of wine inventory.

October 26, 2009

Investing in the film industry can prove disastrous for the unwary, but for the wise investor there are ways to mitigate risk, spot a potential blockbuster and make a profit

Only a cash-strapped movie mogul or a gambler would say that film is a prudent investment choice in a bear market. But even the most cautious investor would have to admit that Hollywood has proved more resilient to recession than the rest of the media sector.

November 1, 2004

Theresa Flynt is no successor waiting in her father’s shadow. The daughter of controversial publisher Larry tells Melanie Stern how her Hustler-branded retail spin-off is bolstering LFP’s bottom line, as it arrives in Europe

Melanie Stern is section editor of Families in Business magazine.

Theresa Flynt is no successor waiting in her father's shadow. The daughter of controversial publisher Larry tells Melanie Stern how her Hustler-branded retail spin-off is bolstering LFP's bottom line, as it arrives in Europe

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