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October 5, 2016

John Elkann, the fifth-generation chairman of Fiat Chrysler, has stepped down from the board of American media multinational News Corp.

John Elkann, the fifth-generation chairman of Fiat Chrysler, has stepped down from the board of American media multinational News Corp.

In a statement, News Corp—owned by Australian-born American media mogul Rupert Murdoch—said Elkann left the board in light of the increased demands of his role as chairman of his family’s investment vehicle, Exor.

August 12, 2015

Exor, the multi billion dollar investment vehicle for the Agnelli family, has become the largest shareholder in The Economist Group after British owner Pearson sold its 50% stake to a group of families for £469 million ($731 million).

Exor, the multi billion dollar investment vehicle for the Agnelli family, has become the largest shareholder in The Economist Group after British owner Pearson sold its 50% stake to a group of families for £469 million ($731 million).

Under the terms of the deal, Exor Spa, headed by fifth-gen John Elkann, will pay £287 million to increase its stake to 43.4% from 4.7% and the Economist Group will buy back the remainder of Pearson’s stake for £182 million.

July 27, 2015

John Elkann, the fifth-generation heir to the Agnelli fortune, is reportedly leading a group of families towards a potential buyout of weekly financial publication The Economist and several other titles, according to a company statement.

John Elkann, the fifth-generation heir to the Agnelli fortune, is reportedly leading a group of families towards a potential buyout of weekly financial publication The Economist and several other titles, according to a company statement.

The proposed deal comes one week after UK owner Pearson, another family-controlled conglomerate, sold the Financial Times to the Nikkei Group of Japan, as it looks to focus on its core education business.

April 20, 2015

Whether its family members taking over top leadership positions, or businesses that have won awards for their employee engagement, we’ve got the leaders steering their family businesses in innovative and interesting directions 

Welcome to the Top 50 Family Business Leaders List 2015 – the fifth time CampdenFB has compiled its list of leading lights.

March 6, 2015

Italian carmaker Ferrari may return to family control during an initial public offering this year providing current owner Fiat introduces a “loyalty share” plan that will boost voting rights of established investors.

Italian carmaker Ferrari may return to family control during an initial public offering this year if current owner Fiat introduces a “loyalty share” plan that will boost voting rights of established investors.

Loyalty shares have recently caused a divide between family businesses and institutional investors in Italy. Introduced by the Matteo Renzi-led government last year, they allow shareholders double voting rights if they hold stock longer than two years.

December 29, 2014

Large, glossy photographs of yachting in the Mediterranean, sumptuous New York apartments, converted Corsican convents and verdant, elegant Italian gardens, sound like your cup of tea? 

The Last Swan

Marella Agnelli and Marella Carraciolo Chia

October 9, 2014

A family member will not take the helm of Fiat when existing professional chief executive Sergio Marchionne steps down in four years’ time, fifth-gen chairman John Elkann has told media.

A family member will not take the helm of Fiat when existing professional chief executive Sergio Marchionne steps down in four years’ time, fifth-gen chairman John Elkann has told media.

The Italian family business head says the company will stick to its current arrangement of having a family member as chair, and a non-family member as chief executive.

Bloomberg reported this week that Marchionne would retire in 2018, having been at the helm of the automaker since 2004.

July 18, 2014

Murdoch merger rebuffed by Time Warner; Family-owned Fiat denies Volkswagen takeover bid and Bestway buy Co-op pharmacy in multi-million pound deal

Murdoch merger rebuffed by Time Warner

Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox has had an $80 billion (€59.1 billion) merger deal rejected by US rival Time Warner.

July 17, 2014

A fresh-faced CEO straight out of business school isn't always the person to inspire public and investor confidence, but circumstances sometimes force a young candidate into the top spot at a family firm.

Picking a chief executive for any family business is a tough task. It is especially problematic if the company is bent on keeping a family member in the top job. This was the conundrum Gianni Agnelli faced when trying to prepare an heir to take the wheel of his family’s iconic Italian car brand Fiat. Drug addiction in his only son and then stomach cancer in his nephew saw his pool of potential successors whittled down to his 21-year-old grandson John Elkann.

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