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November 5, 2014

As the average life expectancy increases, the concept of an executive heading a family business well into their octogenarian years or even beyond is becoming more plausible and more common. So how does a young next-gen convince someone who has built up a family business empire that it is his or her chance to shine?

The world of family businesses is full of stories of the next generation struggling to deal with domineering parents and trying to find the courage to speak out. There’s the very public and long-running spat within Australia’s Rinehart family, which saw Gina Rinehart’s children trying to remove her as trustee of their multi-billion-dollar family trust.

October 1, 2014

Rupert Murdoch’s daughter Elisabeth is set to leave the family media empire, stepping down from the helm of 21st Century Fox subsidiary Shine Group, which she founded in 2001.

Rupert Murdoch’s daughter Elisabeth is set to leave the family media empire, stepping down from the helm of 21st Century Fox subsidiary Shine Group, which she founded in 2001.

She served as chief executive of the British television production company, which delivers shows such as MasterChef and The Biggest Loser, until 2011, when her father’s company bought the business.

She has since served as a chairwoman.

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.

April 22, 2014

Only a month after he was promoted co-chief operating officer at 21st Century Fox, James Murdoch has added the role of board member of an advertising start-up to his résumé.

Only a month after he was promoted co-chief operating officer at 21st Century Fox, James Murdoch has added the role of board member of an advertising start-up to his résumé.

Murdoch, who built his career in his father's media empire, has joined the board of US-based True (X) Media – a digital advertising platform that promises to provide interactive advertising to its clients.

March 26, 2014

Rupert Murdoch appears to have anointed Lachlan Murdoch his family business heir apparent, in a reshuffle in 21st Century Fox and NewsCorp senior management this week, appointing the 42-year-old his co-chair at both companies.

Rupert Murdoch appears to have anointed Lachlan Murdoch his family business heir apparent, in a reshuffle in 21st Century Fox and NewsCorp senior management this week, appointing the 42-year-old his co-chair at both companies.

Lachlan's brother James Murdoch, once seen as the most likely successor to the Murdoch family empire, was promoted to co-chief operating office at 21st Century Fox, but will not be working in such a direct relationship with his father.

January 9, 2014

Twenty-First Century Fox, controlled by the Murdoch family, has announced it plans to delist from the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), only six months after it was first listed as a standalone company, to simplify its capital structure.

Twenty-First Century Fox, controlled by the Murdoch family, has announced it plans to delist from the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), only six months after it was first listed as a standalone company, to simplify its capital structure.

According to chairman and chief executive Rupert Murdoch, the film and entertainment company no longer had sufficient operations in Australia to justify the listing.

November 21, 2013

The son of Rupert Murdoch and second-gen deputy chief operating officer at 21st Century Fox, James Murdoch, has sold around a fifth of his shares in the entertainment company in a transaction valued at around $15 million.

The son of Rupert Murdoch and second-gen deputy chief operating officer at 21st Century Fox, James Murdoch, has sold around a fifth of his shares in the entertainment company in a transaction valued at around $15 million (€10.9 million).

It comes just two weeks after the company posted its first quarterly results as a standalone company, following its separation from News Corp.

November 13, 2013

Lagardere reports sales are down, while News Corp, Henkel and Richemont all saw net profits rise for the third quarter – despite currency fluctuations hitting revenues.

Lagardere reports sales are down, while News Corp, Henkel and Richemont all saw net profits rise for the third quarter – despite currency fluctuations hitting revenues.

Lagardere
French publishing, media and travel group Lagardere, controlled by the eponymous family, said sales were down 2.9% to €1.9 billion for the third quarter of 2013, and revenues for the first nine months of the year fell by 1.1% to €5.3 billion.

October 21, 2013

Rupert Murdoch has been reelected as chairman of the board for entertainment company 21st Century Fox, despite opposition from several shareholder groups and a top proxy advisory firm.

Rupert Murdoch has been reelected as chairman of the board for entertainment company 21st Century Fox, despite opposition from several shareholder groups and a top proxy advisory firm.

His sons, Lachlan and James, were also reelected to the 12-person board.

The vote was made last Friday at the first shareholder meeting of the company, which was separated from the publishing arm of Murdoch's News Corp in June this year.

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