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December 3, 2009

Jorge Cosmen is not stupid – or so one would presume, given that he is a leading representative of one of Spain’s most successful business families. But his attempts to put his family at the heart of the UK transport industry have exposed the difficulties in dealing with listed companies.

Jorge Cosmen is not stupid – or so one would presume, given that he is a leading representative of one of Spain's most successful business families. But his attempts to put his family at the heart of the UK transport industry have exposed the difficulties in dealing with listed companies.

The family, which traces its involvement in the transport business back to 1728, built up the largest bus service in Spain and operates successful transport companies in China and South America.

November 19, 2009

The Ferrero family, owners of the Italian confectionary company of the same name, refused to comment on speculation that it is divided over its interest in chocolate maker Cadbury.

The Ferrero family, owners of the Italian confectionary company of the same name, refused to comment on speculation that it is divided over its interest in chocolate maker Cadbury.

When contacted by www.campdenFB.com this morning, they returned a clear "no comment" message. Yesterday, Ferrero announced that it is considering whether to enter a bid for the UK-based company.

May 1, 2007

In April, Sainsbury’s was on the verge of being bought in what would have been one of the largest deals in British history. Marc Smith finds out what caused the takeover bid to fail and what the future has in store for the retail giant and its founding family

In April, Sainsbury's was on the verge of being bought in what would have been one of the largest deals in British history. Marc Smith finds out what caused the takeover bid to fail and what the future has in store for the retail giant and its founding family.

Marc Smith is deputy editor of Families in Business.

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