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January 31, 2018

Your family is in need of some downtime, but with a splash of glamour. So where do you go? And how are our luxury escapes changing? Alison Ebbage speaks to Philippe Brown, founder of bespoke travel planners Brown and Hudson

Your family is in need of some downtime, but with a splash of glamour. So where do you go? And how are our luxury escapes changing? Alison Ebbage speaks to Philippe Brown, founder of bespoke travel planners Brown and Hudson

August 12, 2014

Harnessing the collective power of family capital is not a new concept. But One Thousand & One Voices is adding a twist: calling on families’ sector expertise and intellectual firepower to super-charge emerging market SMEs. Just don’t call it impact investing. 

For more than 20 years, McKay Belk, in his role as president and chief merchandising officer at his family’s third-generation family business Belk, has spent hundreds of hours every year crisscrossing the globe with his team.

He travelled widely to source products from across southeast Asia, China, India and Africa to stock its 300 plus stores - Belk is the largest privately-owned department store chain in the US generating $4 billion (€3 billion) in revenue in 2013.

April 14, 2014

South African hotelier Sol Kerzner, 78, has announced his retirement from the hotel industry and the sale of a stake in his eponymous company, eight years after the death of his son and heir apparent.

South African hotelier Sol Kerzner, 78, has announced his retirement from the hotel industry and the sale of a stake in his eponymous company, eight years after the death of his son and heir apparent.

Last week the Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD), an arm of the United Arab Emirates government, confirmed it had bought a “significant” equity interest in the hotel group, which includes the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas and the One&Only resort chain.

February 19, 2014

Muslim women feel more comfortable in Muslim-owned family businesses where they are less likely to be stereotyped as oppressed or lacking authority, according to new research out of a South African university.

Muslim women feel more comfortable in Muslim-owned family businesses where they are less likely to be stereotyped as oppressed or lacking authority, according to new research out of a South African university.

The qualitative research found, for example, that Muslim women felt uncomfortable about the perception of the hijab outside the family business setting, believing non-Muslims saw it as a symbol of oppression.

June 20, 2013

Booked your summer holiday yet? Here are some extraordinary destinations just in case you haven’t.

Booked your summer holiday yet? Here are some extraordinary destinations just in case you haven't.

Andulasian adventure
The Olive Grove
Andalusia, Spain

September 7, 2011

Many of South Africa’s wealthy entrepreneurs are likely to pass their businesses on to family members or retain some family control of the enterprises, according to a leading academic. 

Many of South Africa’s wealthy entrepreneurs are likely to pass their businesses on to family members or retain some family control of the enterprises, according to a leading academic.

Dr Margaret Cullen, co-director of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Family Business Unit, said there is a strong history of family businesses in the country and this is likely to continue.

December 4, 2009

South Africa’s Karoo region is host to many wild animals, including the cheetah. Sarah Tompkins tells Margie Goldsmith how she is building a family legacy in the open wilderness

Sarah Tompkins, co-owner of Samara Private Game Reserve in South Africa's Karoo wilderness, stands on top of Kondoa Mountain, which looks out on the plains of Camedoo in the Eastern Cape. It is a cloudless day and one can see out as far as 250 kilometers. Nearby, thundering black wildebeest herds dart across the grass. But Sarah is looking only 20 yards away, where two male cheetahs stare back disinterestedly at her and a guide. It is shortly after sunrise. The two cheetahs have just woken up and they won't move till the sun has warmed them.

November 1, 2008

Brothers Robert and Craig Venter are that rare breed of sibling that actually get along while working in the family business. Marc Smith talks to Robert about their relationship, their company and doing business in South Africa

Forget brotherly love, sibling rivalry can be a serious threat to the long-term success of family businesses – wherever they come from in the world. Just ask India's Ambani brothers whose seemingly constant feuding is not only having a detrimental effect on their own businesses, but is also damaging the reputation of corporate India in the process.

Yet in Gauteng, South Africa, the Venter brothers are a shining example of how two siblings can get along for the good of the family business.

November 3, 2007

A new government policy in South Africa, which aims to redistribute wealth created by its growing economy, has been embraced by a family business. Gordon Cairns finds out why SEW Eurodrive got involved and what it means for other firms with interests in Africa

Gordon Cairns is a freelance journalist based in the UK.

A new government policy in South Africa, which aims to redistribute wealth created by its growing economy, has been embraced by a family business. Gordon Cairns finds out why SEW Eurodrive got involved and what it means for other firms with interests in Africa

A family-owned business has broken new ground in sealing a Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) deal with an investment holding company in South Africa.

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