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November 24, 2017

Dik Wessels, the Dutch construction tycoon and the family business patriarch who formed VolkerWessels, has died at the age of 71 after poor health.

Dik Wessels, the Dutch construction tycoon and the family business patriarch who formed VolkerWessels, has died at the age of 71 after poor health.

Hailed as one of the most successful businessmen in the Netherlands, Wessels was aged 14 when he started working for the modest eponymous family business owned by his father, Rijssen carpenter Arend Wessels.

The second-generation leader officially took over in 1968 and accelerated business growth, especially in the 1980s after his father died. 

January 24, 2011

Albert Heijn, the man responsible for turning his family’s Dutch grocery chain into the international retailing giant Royal Ahold, passed away on 13 January aged 83.

Albert Heijn, the man responsible for turning his family's Dutch grocery chain into the international retailing giant Royal Ahold, passed away on 13 January aged 83.

Heijn joined the family business in 1949 as a salesman, working his way up to become chief executive in 1962. The family business traces its roots back to 1887 when Heijn's grandfather started a grocery store in the Netherlands. Today, Ahold is among the biggest retail chains in the country with more than 800 outlets, and owns more than 3,000 supermarkets world-wide.

April 1, 2003

A large number of Dutch family firms created in times of economic development now face succession issues, instigating a wave of research and education activities to help and support these firms

Albert Jan Thomassen is director of the Family Business Centre at Tias Business School and director of FBNed, the Dutch Association of Family Firms.

A large number of Dutch family firms created in times of economic development now face succession issues, instigating a wave of research and education activities to help and support these firms

April 1, 2003

Van Eeghen International has survived centuries of war, economic crisis and political reform yet, through astute diversification and investment in niche markets, they remain the only Dutch family with a revered place in the hall of Henokiens

Melanie Stern is Section Editor of Families in Business magazine.

Van Eeghen International has survived centuries of war, economic crisis and political reform yet, through astute diversification and investment in niche markets, they remain the only Dutch family with a revered place in the hall of Henokiens

April 1, 2003

Aukje and Jan Wouda combined their entrepreneurial spirit and experience to form one of Holland’s leading businesses. They tell us why brand acquisition played an important role in the expansion of the company

Melanie Stern is Section Editor of Families in Business magazine.

Aukje and Jan Wouda combined their entrepreneurial spirit and experience to form one of Holland's leading businesses. They tell us why brand acquisition played an important role in the expansion of the company

April 1, 2003

John Fentener van Vlissingen, of BCD Holdings, is confident in the decision to bring in a non-family CEO when he steps down in May. It was a well-structured process and involved all the family

Suzy Bibko is Editor-in-Chief of Families in Business magazine.

John Fentener van Vlissingen, of BCD Holdings, is confident in the decision to bring in a non-family CEO when he steps down in May. It was a well-structured process and involved all the family

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