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February 14, 2020

Inditex pumps $9.2 million into social welfare; Benetton fires photographer over bridge remark; Frederick Koch, US philanthropist, dies aged 86.

Ortego-owned Inditex pumps $9.2 million into social welfare

The Ortega family-owned Spanish fashion giant Inditex, best known for its high street retail chain Zara, will give €8.5 million ($9.2 million) to the Catholic Church’s charitable organisation Caritas Spain for social employment and circular economy efforts.

February 10, 2020

Agnelli family office weighs selling PartnerRe to Covea for $9 billion, Reimann family looks to float $7 billion coffee empire, L’Oreal family actions next gen succession.

Agnelli family office weighs selling PartnerRe to Covea for $9 billion

The family office of Italy’s Agnelli dynasty has confirmed it has entered into exclusive discussions with French insurer Covea about a possible all-cash acquisition of reinsurer PartnerRe.

January 24, 2020

Ferrero family’s $714 million Nestle sweet tooth, succession battle fears after Lotte Group founder’s death, and William Grant and Sons toast whisky sales growth and investments.

Ferrero family’s $714 million Nestle sweet tooth

The Ferrero family is poised to enjoy the cream off the top of its $2.8 billion cash buy-out of Nestle’s US confectionery business and its $1.8 billion deal for Kellogg Co’s cookies and fruit snack brands with a $714 million (€642 million) dividend.

July 2, 2019

Lego buys back entertainment parks, Dassault Aviation signs French AI manifesto, Genoa bridge demolished.

Lego repurchase of Legoland Parks continues trend of de-listing
Lego’s parent company has bought back the entertainments company it sold to Merlin Entertainment in 2005 for £4.8bn with a consortium of private equity and institutional investors.

Lego’s parent company, Kirkbi, which is controlled by the third-generation of the Kirk Kristiansen family, already owned a 30% stake in Legoland Parks after selling 70% of the business for about £250 million in July 2005 to repay mounting debts.

June 27, 2019

Inspiring family businesses that excel in growth, governance, stewardship and sustainability will vie for six awards at the most prestigious awards ceremony in Europe’s family business society.

Inspiring family businesses that excel in growth, governance, stewardship and sustainability will vie for six awards at the most prestigious awards ceremony in Europe’s family business society.

January 18, 2019

Campden Wealth is calling for nominations for its inaugural gala awards in the Americas to recognise the best-in-class family enterprises across the region.

Campden Wealth is calling for nominations for its inaugural gala awards in the Americas to recognise the best-in-class family enterprises across the region.

Organisers at the New York wing of Campden said they were “shocked” to discover there were no existing awards recognising excellence among multigenerational business families of sustainable wealth on the entire continent.

December 14, 2018

Nominations are now open for the European Families in Business Awards 2019, the most prestigious celebration of excellence among business families of wealth across the continent.

Nominations are now open for the European Families in Business Awards 2019, the most prestigious celebration of excellence among business families of wealth across the continent.

August 30, 2018

Ermenegildo Zegna is renowned for its luxury menswear, but the Italian family-owned group is pursuing American women and millennials and consolidating its Asian market with its $500 million takeover of US label Thom Browne.

Ermenegildo Zegna is renowned for its luxury menswear, but the Italian family-owned group is pursuing American women and millennials and consolidating its Asian market with its $500 million takeover of US label Thom Browne.

August 22, 2018

Prioritising family-centred non-economic goals could have mitigated the reputational damage the Benetton family is suffering in the wake of the deadly bridge collapse in Italy, an academic says.

Prioritising family-centred non-economic goals could have mitigated the reputational damage the Benetton family is suffering in the wake of the deadly bridge collapse in Italy, an academic says.

Instead, the Italian public and media see the Benettons as a family that prioritised profits over public safety.

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