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November 9, 2019

Warren Buffett tops up cash pile to $128 billion, Solvay shakes up structure and management against headwinds, Hays family tout capital reinvestment and the personal touch in Thomas Cook takeover.

Warren Buffett tops up cash pile to $128 billion

The family office of prolific US investor Warren Buffett (pictured) has conserved $128 billion in cash in its third quarter, up from $122.4 billion in the previous quarter, backing up a recession-warning trend revealed in The Global Family Office Report 2019.

June 14, 2017

Walmart staff deliver, Heineken takeover challenged, and Nordstrom family to buy out

Walmart staff deliver

Family business giant Walmart encouraging staff to make online-order deliveries on their way home is a “win-win-win” for workers, customers and the business.

The retailer is attempting to head off competition from Amazon and pitched the idea as a way for staff to make extra money, while the business cuts costs.

May 31, 2017

A new generation of tech-savvy investment officers are providing family offices with access to buoyant global property markets via new innovative online real estate portals, says Emmanuel Lumineau, chief executive at BrickVest, the London-based online real estate investment platform.

A new generation of tech-savvy investment officers are providing family offices with access to buoyant global property markets via new innovative online real estate portals, says Emmanuel Lumineau, chief executive at BrickVest, the London-based online real estate investment platform.

May 25, 2017

Walmart reports huge jump in US online sales, next-generation family member joins Vedanta board, and GIIN survey says big financial firms bring mixed blessings for impact investing  

Walmart reports huge jump in US online sales

The family-owned retail giant Walmart has reported a modest rise in total revenues and a much larger increase in US online sales.

As it looks to take on e-commerce behemoths such as Amazon, the US-based retailer achieved a 63% rise in US online sales in the first quarter of this year.

Walmart’s online ambitions were demonstrated last year by its $3.3 billion acquisition of the internet retailer Jet.com.

April 30, 2015

The digital revolution is changing the way family businesses operate, but tensions can develop when younger executives rush to enter the virtual frontier against the wishes of their more tentative elders. How can companies manage these differences to avoid disputes in the boardroom – or over the dinner table?

When John Winning wanted to start selling washing machines, refrigerators and other whiteware online, his father, who oversaw the family’s Winning Appliances retail operation in Australia, was less than enthusiastic.

The elder Winning “didn’t believe in online”, according to his son, a fourth-generation member of the family business.

November 16, 2011

Coutts, the wealth management division of Royal Bank of Scotland, launched an online learning portal to help its clients gain a better understanding on a range of topics, including family businesses and philanthropy. 

June 16, 2010

News Corporation, the Murdoch family-controlled media empire, has confirmed that it does not expect James Murdoch to be part of the takeover negotiations for satellite broadcaster BSkyB.

News Corporation, the Murdoch family-controlled media empire, has confirmed that it does not expect James Murdoch to be part of the takeover negotiations for satellite broadcaster BSkyB.

However avoiding a conflict of interest appears impossible for James, who is son of News Corp chairman and CEO Rupert. He is currently non-executive chairman of BSkyB, and News Corp said it expects him to remain as chairman of the UK-based company.

June 2, 2010

The risks of sharing too much information on social networking sites have been the subject of much comment and debate in recent weeks, writes Katie Barker.

The risks of sharing too much information on social networking sites have been the subject of much comment and debate in recent weeks, writes Katie Barker. A campaign by some Facebook users, for example, saw close to 30,000 people delete their accounts yesterday in a protest over the sites privacy policies.

Following discussions with family offices and online security experts, here are 10 top tips on how to manage your online profile and decrease the risks posed by using these sites:

September 2, 2008

An Australian university has launched the first ever online degree dedicated to family business.

An Australian university has launched the first ever online degree dedicated to family business. Deakin University, which is based in Melbourne, will offer a Graduate Certificate of Management (Family Business) from March 2009.
 

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