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January 23, 2015

2014 was a lively year for family businesses, from Abigail Johnson’s succession at Fidelity, to the Market Basket ownership struggle and of course Korean Air’s infamous ‘nut rage’ incident. Here we take a look at some of the issues we think will remain top-of-mind for 2015 and the family businesses to watch.

2014 was a lively year for family businesses, from Abigail Johnson’s succession at Fidelity, to the Market Basket ownership struggle and of course Korean Air’s infamous ‘nut rage’ incident. Here we take a look at some of the issues we think will remain top-of-mind for 2015 and the family businesses to watch.

1: Shareholder revolts

September 25, 2013

Two next-gen sisters within the Samsung Group have reorganised their respective branches of their family conglomerate, selling the apparel business of Cheil Industries to another subsidiary within the group.

Two next-gen sisters within the Samsung Group have reorganised their respective branches of their family conglomerate, selling the apparel business of Cheil Industries to another subsidiary within the group.

The apparel business – headed by Lee Seo-hyun, second daughter of Samsung Group chair Lee Kun-hee – will be transferred to Samsung Everland, led by her elder sister, Lee Boo-jin, in a KRW1.5 trillion deal (€1 billion). The deal is due to be completed by December.

February 15, 2012

Just days after it appeared the Bettencourt family had finally drawn a line under its family feud, another family squabble has made headlines.

Just days after it appeared the Bettencourt family had finally drawn a line under its family feud, another family squabble has made headlines.

This time, South Korean conglomerate Samsung Group is in the limelight, after the elder second-generation brother sued his younger sibling.

March 18, 2011

Chairman of Samsung Electronics, Lee Kun-hee, might just be grooming a successor. Third-generation Lee Jae-yong has been promoted to the role of president at the firm, after serving as executive vice president at Samsung Electronics.



Chairman of Samsung Electronics, Lee Kun-hee, might just be grooming a successor. Third-generation Lee Jae-yong has been promoted to the role of president at the firm, after serving as executive vice president at Samsung Electronics.



His sister Lee Boo-jin has also been promoted to president of Samsung Everland, chief executive of Hotel Shilla and advisor to Samsung C&T. Both announcements signal a step forward in the 68-year-old Lee’s succession plan.



April 22, 2008

Less than a week after he was indicted for tax evasion, Lee Kun-hee has fallen on his sword after 20 years at the top.

Less than a week after he was indicted for tax evasion, Lee Kun-hee has fallen on his sword after 20 years at the top. In a nationally televised press conference, the second-generation Samsung chairman apologised for his wrongdoing and for the negative impact the probe could have on South Korea.

“I have decided to step down as chairman of the group,” he announced at the company’s headquarters in Seoul. “I will take all legal and moral responsibility and truly apologise to the nation.”

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