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October 25, 2018

The year 2017 was when the world woke up to the plastics problem. Blue Planet II showed the world exactly where all the plastic was ending up—on our beaches, in the stomachs of whales and strangling our ocean life. In the United Kingdom, these images have sparked as much public outcry as what was felt during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.

The year 2017 was when the world woke up to the plastics problem. Blue Planet II showed the world exactly where all the plastic was ending up—on our beaches, in the stomachs of whales and strangling our ocean life. In the United Kingdom, these images have sparked as much public outcry as what was felt during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.

August 31, 2017

Berry Bros & Rudd has quenched thirsts since 1698. Now, 319 years later, a wave of corporate governance changes is setting it up for the next three centuries. Peter Crush reports.

Berry Bros & Rudd has quenched thirsts since 1698. Now, 319 years later, a wave of corporate governance changes is setting it up for the next three centuries. Peter Crush reports

Every so often you catch glimpses of the fact Simon Berry really wanted to be an actor.

“This building [3 St James Street, London] dates to the 1530s,” he explains with vim, gesticulating flamboyantly at his surroundings.

October 24, 2014

Family-owned eyewear group Luxottica has announced a new co-chief executive this week in an attempt to resolve a tense management crisis that has seen two leaders quit in just over six weeks.

Family-owned eyewear group Luxottica has announced a new co-chief executive this week in an attempt to resolve a tense management crisis that has seen two leaders quit in just over six weeks.

The Italian company said Adil Mehboob-Khan, a former Procter & Gamble executive, would join the firm in January and become part of a new management structure comprised of three top executives.

August 29, 2014

Business-owning family members become less focused on financial wealth with age and increase the value they place on relationships within the company, new research out of the US has revealed.

Business-owning family members become less focused on financial wealth with age and increase the value they place on relationships within the company, new research out of the US has revealed.

The academic paper, published in a recent edition of Family Business Review, also revealed the results had knock-on effects for the type of people families go to for advice about their business, which could affect their companies’ ability to meet challenges down the road.

January 17, 2014

Hedge funds managed by women consistently outperform their male-led counterparts, but investors have been slow to allocate to them, according to new research.

Hedge funds managed by women consistently outperform their male-led counterparts, but investors have been slow to allocate to them, according to new research.

In Women in alternative investment: A marathon not a sprint, the New York-based financial advisory and research firm Rothstein Kass examined performance of women in the alternative investment industry.

September 16, 2013

Successful family business in their fourth generation "prune" out next gens to ensure that only family members committed to the longevity of the business remain within the ownership structure, according to research. 

Successful family business in their fourth generation "prune" out next gens to ensure that only family members committed to the longevity of the business remain within the ownership structure, according to research.

In a recently published report – Good Fortune: Building A Hundred Year Family Enterprise – Massachusetts-based research firm Wise Counsel, aimed to uncover the unifying characteristics underpinning the success of long-term family businesses.

August 13, 2013

Anxiety about money and fear for their image can drive families to take risks and to diversify like crazy. Outsourcing control is a good idea.

Family businesses are conservative, they look to the long-term at the expense of short-term opportunities, lack dynamism and are risk-averse. Right? Wrong. That might be the conventional wisdom, but in fact family businesses can take just as many risky decisions as the most red-blooded, profit-hungry private firm. They just do so for different reasons.

July 4, 2013

When managing talent, you’re better off thinking like a hunter-gatherer than an economist.

Family businesses have a primal appeal. They’re as old as human history, and people have always worked and lived together in family groups. Why are they so successful? Evolutionary biology can shed some light on the question.

May 13, 2013

Every family has secrets. Trouble comes when families collude rather than talking honestly to each other about them.

Every family has secrets. Trouble comes when families collude rather than talking honestly to each other about them. When family members are in business together or are connected financially, those secrets often interfere not only with family relationships, but with the family business, foundation and even the family office as well.

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