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January 17, 2018

Family-owned confectionery giant Ferrero has rebelled against the retreat from sugary snacks, executing a $2.8 billion buy-out of Nestlé’s US confectionery business.

Family-owned confectionery giant Ferrero has rebelled against the retreat from sugary snacks, executing a $2.8 billion buy-out of Nestlé’s US confectionery business.

The deal will make Ferrero the third-largest player in the world chocolate market, behind fellow family business Mars, and Hershey’s, which bid against the Italian company in the battle for Nestlé.

December 8, 2017

The 82-year-old co-founder of iconic Italian fashion retailer Benetton has taken over control of the family business from non-family executives as it struggles with mounting losses. 

The 82-year-old co-founder of iconic Italian fashion retailer Benetton has taken over control of the family business from non-family executives as it struggles with mounting losses. 

In 1965 Luciano Benetton (pictured) established the company with his three siblings that became famous for colourful knitwear and provocative advertising campaigns in the 1980s and 1990s.

He served as Benetton's chairman from 1978 to 2012.

April 3, 2017

The third generation Italian family behind chocolate brands Nutella, Kinder eggs and Tic Tac, has announced its first non-family chief executive as part of its new global expansion plan.

The third generation Italian family behind chocolate brands Nutella, Kinder eggs and Tic Tac, has announced its first non-family chief executive as part of its new global expansion plan.

July 24, 2015

Lavazza to acquire Carte Noire for €800 million; Fiat Chrysler announces Ferrari IPO; and Shin Dong-bin appointed CEO at Lotte Holdings

Lavazza to acquire Carte Noire for €800 million

Lavazza, the family-run Italian coffee maker, has put in a formal bid to acquire French brand Carte Noire for €800 million ($879 million).

According to a company statement, the deal will treble the company’s turnover in France and will help it grow organically in the surrounding regions.

February 12, 2015

A measure introduced by the Italian government to incentivise partial listing of family businesses and encourage long-term shareholdings has been amended after institutional investors raised concerns that it unfairly benefited controlling shareholders.

A measure introduced by the Italian government to incentivise partial listing of family businesses and encourage long-term shareholdings has been amended after institutional investors raised concerns that it unfairly benefited controlling shareholders.

Last year the Matteo Renzi-led government allowed listed companies to introduce “loyalty shares”, which grant shareholders double voting rights if they hold stock for more than two years.

October 9, 2013

The Versace family empire has distanced itself from a made-for-television drama based on the rise of Donatella Versace following the murder of her brother, company founder Gianni Versace.

The Versace family empire has distanced itself from a made-for-television drama based on the rise of Donatella Versace following the murder of her brother, company founder Gianni Versace.

Premiering in the US over the weekend, House of Versace detailed how Donatella almost bankrupted the luxury fashion brand, following her addiction to drugs.

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