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November 1, 2004

Olivier de Richoufftz, FBN’s new executive director, answers a few questions

Olivier de Richoufftz, FBN's new executive director, answers a few questions

What is your personal interest in family business?

July 1, 2004

Over the past 13 years André Kudelski has transformed his father’s embattled audio recorder company into a €273m smart card and encryption software leader – not bad for a 43-year old

Scott McCulloch is Editor of Families in Business magazine.

Over the past 13 years André Kudelski has transformed his father's embattled audio recorder company into a €273m smart card and encryption software leader – not bad for a 43-year old

Producing smart cards that slide into cable and satellite decoders does not sound like your average father and son operation. But then André and Stefan Kudelski are not your average Swiss billionaires.

May 1, 2004

One third of all money placed offshore is managed by the Swiss financial sector. No other jurisdiction comes close to matching or challenging the dominance of Switzerland. Bob Reynolds reports

Bob Reynolds is consultant editor of Offshore Red magazine.

One third of all money placed offshore is managed by the Swiss financial sector. No other jurisdiction comes close to matching or challenging the dominance of Switzerland. Bob Reynolds reports

According to a report released by Gemini Consulting, the amount of money deposited in the world's 4,000 private institutions has increased steadily over the past decade.

May 1, 2004

Switzerland has one of the most favourable tax regimes of anywhere else in the world –­ for both individuals and corporations. A good place to sit back and enjoy a fine cigar explains Dieter Weber and Rudolf Sigg

Dieter Weber and Rudolf Sigg are partners of Tax Partner AG.

Switzerland has one of the most favourable tax regimes of anywhere else in the world –­ for both individuals and corporations. A good place to sit back and enjoy a fine cigar explains Dieter Weber and Rudolf Sigg

As confirmed in recent polls, Switzerland has a very high standard of living in the international context. Switzerland also offers a range of special and favourable tax rules for both individuals and corporations. This is all part of the special Swiss lifestyle. But what about cigars?

May 1, 2004

The Knie dynasty, the eighth-generation family behind Switzerland’s famed national circus recently cracked the 200-year mark. Who says family businesses rarely last the distance?

Scott McCulloch is Editor of Families in Business magazine.

The Knie dynasty, the eighth-generation family behind Switzerland's famed national circus recently cracked the 200-year mark. Who says family businesses rarely last the distance?

The show, as they say in showbiz, must go on. The Knie dynasty, the colourful family business behind the Swiss National Circus would agree. "We do not want to disappoint our audience," says Fredy Knie Jr, the 57-year old son of the legendary horseman Fredy Knie Sr. "It's the only way to be profitable."

May 1, 2004

Cigars may be back in vogue but that’s of little concern to Villiger, the Swiss family business whose obsession with quality has elevated cigar production to an art form

Scott McCulloch is Editor of Families in Business magazine.

Cigars may be back in vogue but that's of little concern to Villiger, the Swiss family business whose obsession with quality has elevated cigar production to an art form

Before Monica Lewinsky put the cigar on the world map, it was something favoured by older men and tough gangsters – the likes of Al Capone, Tony Montana and Winston Churchill invariably flourished smouldering stogies.

March 1, 2004

Opening their doors to a group of young UK, Dutch and Swedish family business members in November Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate shared their formula for success. During the one-day visit, moderated by Professor Randel Carlock (INSEAD), they revealed how the owners had made some radical changes in order to ensure long-term success and sustainability for the family and their enterprise.

Grant Gordon is Director General for the Institute for Family Business (UK).

Opening their doors to a group of young UK, Dutch and Swedish family business members in November Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate shared their formula for success. During the one-day visit, moderated by Professor Randel Carlock (INSEAD), they revealed how the owners had made some radical changes in order to ensure long-term success and sustainability for the family and their enterprise.

September 1, 2003

Lausanne is widely acknowledged to be the family business capital of the world. With two major educational centres located there, IMD and the FBN, family businesses can feel assured that their educational and networking needs will all be met

Barbara Murray is Executive Director, the Family Business Network.
Joachim Schwass is Director, the IMD – Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch Family Business Center.
John Ward is the Wild Group Professor of Family Business at IMD (Switzerland).

Lausanne is widely acknowledged to be the family business capital of the world. With two major educational centres located there, IMD and the FBN, family businesses can feel assured that their educational and networking needs will all be met

September 1, 2003

Despite competing with 75 other brands of water on the Swiss market, Pascal and Nicolas Rouges’ skill and motivation has made sure that Henniez is the second most consumed brand of water in the country

Denise Kenyon-Rouvinez is President and Founder of the Family Business Network Suisse Romande, and Associate of The Family Business Consulting Group.

Despite competing with 75 other brands of water on the Swiss market, Pascal and Nicolas Rouges' skill and motivation has made sure that Henniez is the second most consumed brand of water in the country

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