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May 10, 2017

What does it take to start then grow a business into a successful, multi-billion dollar holding yet maintain total family control through the generations? Alison Ebbage reports

What does it take to start then grow a business into a successful, multi-billion dollar holding yet maintain total family control through the generations? Alison Ebbage reports

May 10, 2016

From Koch Industries to Advance Publications, Campden Research has compiled the first-ever list of the Top 10 wholly-owned US family businesses – a group we’ve dubbed ‘The 100% Club’

February 18, 2015

A family-owned supermarket chain based in upstate New York has taken out multinational behemoths such as Google and Apple to be ranked the number one company for corporate reputation in the US.

A family-owned supermarket chain based in upstate New York has taken out multinational behemoths such as Google and Apple to be ranked the number one company for corporate reputation in the US.

Wegmans Food Markets knocked last year’s winner Amazon from the top spot in the annual Harris Poll reputation survey of more than 27,000 US consumers.

January 16, 2015

Education is one of the top causes that wealthy families donate to globally, with many high-profile examples of significant donations being made to tertiary institutions. But is donating to a top university or your alma mater beneficial for society as a whole, or just an elite few? 

September 12, 2014

The cyber world may seem intangible, but security breaches can have a very real impact on your family's money, reputation and even safety. CampdenFB looks at how and why family offices should take data security seriously

In May, Target chief executive Gregg Steinhafel stepped down after 35 years at the chain, following revelations a data breach had affected 70 million customers – one of the largest consumer data breaches ever. It came just one year after the National Security Agency (NSA), one of the most secretive government bodies in the US, was embarrassed by third-party contractor Edward Snowden, who released information to the media about their surveillance of non-consenting individuals. Data security breaches, big and small, are on the increase, and are making headlines.

July 25, 2013

When they start a business, many people naturally give it there own name. It suggests solidarity and trustworthiness, and helps a lot in meetings. But is there a moment when it's no longer desirable to be inextricably tied to your family's business?

Earlier this year the French luxury group Pinault-Printemps-Redoute changed its name to Kering. In doing so, it took big step – it shed the family name. The decision to do so was taken by the chairman and CEO, Francois-Henri Pinault, who is the son of the business’s founder (the Printemps and Redoute are from various takeovers). Pinault cited perfectly sound business reasons for the rebranding – chief among them that only 5% of the group’s sales now come from France. Nonetheless, this is a Rubicon many family businesses would struggle to cross.

June 26, 2013

Family business should not be confused with small business in the US

Size matters in the US, which is home to some of the world’s biggest family businesses. The country’s five largest family-controlled firms – Walmart, Ford, Cargill, Koch Industries and Comcast – had combined revenues of $911.9 billion (€694.8 billion) in 2012, more than Indonesia’s GDP.

September 25, 2012

Is wealth generation on the move again, this time from east to west? If two different rich lists, published by Forbes in the US and Hurun in China, are anything to go by, that appears to be the case.

Is wealth generation on the move again, this time from east to west? If two different rich lists, published by Forbes in the US and Hurun in China, are anything to go by, that appears to be the case.
 
According to the Hurun Rich List, which tracks wealth in China, nearly half of the country’s 1,000 richest have seen their fortunes fall this year. The average wealth of the super-rich has dropped by 9% to $860 million (€665 million).
 

August 21, 2012

It’s a case of yeehaw for billionaire Bill Koch, who’s reportedly constructed his very own old West town.

It’s a case of yeehaw for billionaire Bill Koch, who’s reportedly constructed his very own old West town.

The tycoon’s replica town in Colorado comes complete with 50 buildings, including a saloon, jail, livery, church and train station – perfect for any aspiring cowboy.

Built on his 6,400-acre Bear Ranch property, it also features broad sideways and polished brass, according to the Denver Post.

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