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December 20, 2018

Pernod Ricard has defended its “strong family values” against criticism from activist fund Elliott Management over shareholder returns and governance.

Pernod Ricard has defended its “strong family values” against criticism from activist fund Elliott Management over shareholder returns and governance.

The world's second-largest wine and spirits group has came under fire from US billionaire Paul Singer’s Elliott, which has built up a stake worth about €1 billion ($1.13 billion) equivalent to about a 2.5% stake in the company controlled by the third generation Ricard family

August 31, 2018

Dyson to build $260 electric car test site, South Korea’s regulators slap new rules on family-run chaebols, Power unit sale helps lift Reliance debt burden.

Dyson unveils $260 million test track for electric vehicles

A year after announcing it would join the electric car race, UK technology firm Dyson has revealed its plans to convert a former airfield in Southern England into a 17km test track and extensive electric vehicle (EV) testing centre.

Dyson, headed by the dynamic UK inventor Sir James Dyson (pictured), bought Hullavington Airfield, Wiltshire several years ago and plans to spend up to £200 million ($260 million) converting it into a EV testing centre.

August 16, 2018

Redstone locks in CBS ownership, Samsung ramps up R&D spend, and Indian heir arrested over fraud allegations

Redstone locks in CBS ownership

Billionaire Sumner Redstone will make it difficult for his heirs to sell off media giants CBS and Redstone following his death.

The Redstone family’s National Amusements media group holds 79.8% of Viacom’s voting stock (about 10% of the equity) and 79.5% of the voting stock and 2.4% of the Class B stock of CBS Corporation (9.1% of the equity).

June 1, 2018

The appointment in April of Alexandre de Rothschild to the supervisory board of Rothschild & Co is the latest in an international wave of young family business scions seizing greater controls at the heart of their large, global family firms.

The appointment in April of Alexandre de Rothschild to the supervisory board of Rothschild & Co is the latest in an international wave of young family business scions seizing greater controls at the heart of their large, global family firms.

Alexandre, 37, becomes the seventh generation of the family in charge of the bank in a long-planned succession that sees his father, David de Rothschild, 75, become supervisory board chairman.

February 8, 2018

Maersk charts blockchain future; Samsung heir’s release may boost economy; ads to help correct ‘misperceptions’ of Koch Industries

Maersk charts blockchain future

AP Moller—Maersk has entered into a joint venture with IBM and logistics company Agility, which aims to use blockchain technology to make the companies’ supply chains more efficient and secure.

Maersk, controlled by the eponymous family via AP Moller Holding A/S, wants to create a trade platform using distributed ledger technology, which establishes a shared, set-in-stone record of transactions. It also allows those within a particular network to access the data minutes after transactions take place.

September 1, 2017

Jailing of Samsung heir a message to chaebol, Ford self-drive cars to deliver pizza, and Father-son team launch new bank.

Jailing of Samsung heir a message to chaebol

The jailing of Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong for five years has fuelled public conversation in South Korea about the huge family-owned businesses which dominate the economy.

Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong was sentenced on corruption charges this week following a case dubbed “the trial of the century”, due to the message it sent the country’s massive conglomerates.

February 28, 2017

Second-gen Lee Jae-yong, the vice chairman and heir apparent of electronics conglomerate Samsung, is to be indicted on multiple charges including bribery and embezzlement, according to prosecutors.

Second-gen Lee Jae-yong, the vice chairman and heir apparent of electronics conglomerate Samsung, is to be indicted on multiple charges including bribery and embezzlement, according to prosecutors.

Earlier this month, the 48-year-old was arrested for his alleged role in providing about ₩43 billion ($37 million) to a friend of South Korean president Park Geun-hye to win state approval for a controversial 2015 merger.

February 16, 2017

Samsung heir arrested in corruption scandal; Hanjin Shipping sunk by South Korean court; and Cargill to invest further $300 million in Egypt

Samsung heir arrested in corruption scandal

January 19, 2017

Lundin Petroleum announces its 2017 budget, Galen G Weston succeeds father as George Weston CEO, Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong has avoided arrest

Lundin Petroleum announces its 2017 budget

Family-owned oil and gas company Lundin Petroleum, controlled by the eponymous Swedish family, will spend about $1.3 billion on development, appraisal, exploration and production this year, according to its 2017 budget.

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