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August 6, 2013

Family media dynasty the Grahams have sold The Washington Post, one of the most respected news organisations in the US, after eight decades of family ownership.

Family media dynasty the Grahams have sold The Washington Post, one of the most respected news organisations in the US, after eight decades of family ownership.

It has been bought, along with a number of weekly newspapers, for $250 million (€188.6 million) by Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive of online retailer Amazon.

February 21, 2012

Fung Brands, the investment arm of Hong Kong’s billionaire brothers Victor and William Fung, has acquired a majority stake in France’s family-controlled fashion house Sonia Rykiel.

Fung Brands, the investment arm of Hong Kong’s billionaire brothers Victor and William Fung, has acquired a majority stake in France’s family-controlled fashion house Sonia Rykiel.

In a statement released on 20 February, Fung Brands said it has bought 80% of the Paris-based luxury business, famous for its colourful knitwear and poor boy sweaters.

February 16, 2012

Italy’s economic woes are affecting the country’s family business sector, with two family-controlled auto companies struggling with financial problems. But while car designer Pininfarina will remain family-controlled, automaker De Tomaso has been sold.

Italy’s economic woes are affecting the country’s family business sector, with two family-controlled auto companies struggling with financial problems. But while car designer Pininfarina will remain family-controlled, automaker De Tomaso has been sold.

Pininfarina, which designed some of the world’s most famous cars including the Ferrari Testarossa and Maserati GranTurismo, has reached a debt restructuring deal with its creditors and will remain under the control of the Pininfarina family.

February 8, 2012

The Bulgari family has sold almost 4.5 million shares in French luxury goods group LVMH less than a year after it became the conglomerate's second biggest family shareholder.

The Bulgari family has sold almost 4.5 million shares in French luxury goods group LVMH less than a year after it became the conglomerate's second biggest family shareholder.

Brothers Paolo and Nicola Bulgari, the grandsons of Sotirio Bulgari, who founded the eponymous Italian jeweller, and their nephew Francesco Trapani together sold about a third of the family's LVMH stake, which it acquired after a share swap with the Paris-based group last year.

December 9, 2011

The Walton family, which controls supermarket giant Walmart, intends to sell more than 70 million shares, equivalent to about 2% of the family business.

The Walton family, which controls supermarket giant Walmart, intends to sell more than 70 million shares, equivalent to about 2% of the family business.

Walton Entreprise, controlled by Rob Walton, Alice Walton, Jim Walton and the John Walton Estate Trust, will register for sale 70,615,608 of the company’s shares, Walmart said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

February 2, 2011

Family-controlled media group Lagardere announced on 31 January that it is to sell its international magazine business to fellow family publisher Hearst Corporation for €651 million in cash.

Family-controlled media group Lagardere announced on 31 January that it is to sell its international magazine business to fellow family publisher Hearst Corporation for €651 million in cash.

The US-based publisher will take control of 102 magazine titles in 15 countries from the US to Hong Kong – a business which had revenues of €774 million last year.

December 10, 2010

PPR, the France-based luxury goods group owned by the Pinault family, announced 9 December that it is in exclusive talks to sell its furniture and electrical equipment retailer Conforama to Steinhoff International.

PPR, the France-based luxury goods group owned by the Pinault family, announced 9 December that it is in exclusive talks to sell its furniture and electrical equipment retailer Conforama to Steinhoff International.

The deal would see South Africa-based Steinhoff pay €1.2 billion in cash for 100% of Conforama and would assume the net debt of the European company.

November 25, 2010

Strategic decision making is more complex for a family business than for a non-family business, writes Jurgen Geerlings.

Strategic decision making is more complex for a family business than for a non-family business, writes Jurgen Geerlings.

The directors have to take into account that their decisions will affect the business, the family and the owners at the same time. Some consequences will have to be dealt with shortly after a decision has been made, other decisions will have a long-term impact.

November 4, 2010

Ferrovial, the family-controlled infrastructure firm, announced 2 November that it has sold one of its airport holdings, Swissport International AG, to private equity firm PAI Partners for €654 million.

Ferrovial, the family-controlled infrastructure firm, announced 2 November that it has sold one of its airport holdings, Swissport International AG, to private equity firm PAI Partners for €654 million.

Swissport is the world's leading passenger and cargo handling company, and has an enterprise value of approximately €888 million, according to Ferrovial.

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