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July 18, 2014

Murdoch merger rebuffed by Time Warner; Family-owned Fiat denies Volkswagen takeover bid and Bestway buy Co-op pharmacy in multi-million pound deal

Murdoch merger rebuffed by Time Warner

Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox has had an $80 billion (€59.1 billion) merger deal rejected by US rival Time Warner.

March 18, 2014

A court in Stuttgart, Germany, has dismissed a lawsuit brought against Porsche SE – the investment company that controls the eponymous German carmaker – by a group of hedge funds seeking €1.4 billion in damages. 

A court in Stuttgart, Germany, has dismissed a lawsuit brought against Porsche SE – the investment company that controls the eponymous German carmaker – by a group of hedge funds seeking €1.4 billion in damages.

The hedge funds claimed Porsche mislead the markets back in 2008 over its takeover plans for rival German car brand Volkswagen.

The Piech and Porsche families, who are descendants of Ferdinand Porsche, the carmaker's founder, control Porsche SE.

February 4, 2014

A €1.8 billion lawsuit filed by seven hedge funds against family business third-gens Wolfgang Porsche and Ferdinand Piëch for alleged market manipulation is without merit, according to Porsche – the family-controlled German car company.

A €1.8 billion lawsuit filed by seven hedge funds against family business third-gens Wolfgang Porsche and Ferdinand Piëch for alleged market manipulation is without merit, according to Porsche – the family-controlled German car company.

The group, including US hedge fund Elliot Associates, has initiated a civil case against the third-gens, grandsons of company founder Ferdinand Porsche, at Frankfurt’s regional court.

September 10, 2013

Volkswagen chairman, Ferdinand Piech, 76, has refuted speculation he is soon to step down due to poor health and has said he will serve out the rest of his contract.

Volkswagen chairman, Ferdinand Piech, 76, has refuted speculation he is soon to step down due to poor health and has said he will serve out the rest of his contract.

He made the statement to reporters at the Frankfurt car show in response to reports last week that company chief executive Martin Winterkorn was soon to takeover.

Piech’s contract, extended last year, runs into 2017.

It was rumoured that Volkswagen finance chief Hans Dieter Poetsch would replace Winterkorn until a longer-term solution was found.

August 1, 2013

Premium beer helps Anheuser-Busch InBev’s profits, Volkswagen increases share of car market, Polish market not as strong for Jeronimo Martins and slowdowns in solar and smartphone markets hit Wacker Chemie and Amkor Technology respectively.

Premium beer helps Anheuser-Busch InBev’s profits, Volkswagen increases share of car market, Polish market not as strong for Jeronimo Martins and slowdowns in solar and smartphone markets hit Wacker Chemie and Amkor Technology respectively.

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Family-controlled Belgian brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev has seen second quarter earnings rise 3.9% year-on-year to $10.6 billion ($8 billion). Revenue for the first half was $19.8 billion, up 2.7% on the previous year.

June 18, 2013

The Piech and Porsche families, descendents of the founders of the eponymous carmaker, have reasserted their control over Porsche's holding company.

The Piech and Porsche families, descendents of the founders of the eponymous carmaker, have reasserted their control over Porsche's holding company.

On 17 June the families reached an agreement with Qatar Holding – the investment division of Qatar's sovereign wealth fund – to buyback the 10% voting stake in Porsche SE that was sold in 2009. The value of the transaction has not been disclosed.

May 3, 2013

Good results news for Estee Lauder, MasTec, Marriott, McGraw Hill and Loblaw, tough times for Loews and Volkswagen.

Good results news for Estee Lauder, MasTec, Marriott, McGraw Hill and Loblaw, tough times for Loews and Volkswagen.

Estee Lauder (2 May)
Estee Lauder, the skin care company controlled by the eponymous family, announced 2% sales increases for the third quarter of 2013 to $2.29 billion (€1.7 billion).

But profits rose dramatically to $178.8 million, as the group's restructuring efforts of the past couple of years began to deliver cost savings.

March 1, 2013

The families behind a number of high-profile businesses have reorganised their shares recently, with the Fords transferring stock to family trusts and Rupert Murdoch selling some of his voting shares at News Corp.

The families behind a number of high-profile businesses have reorganised their shares recently, with the Fords transferring stock to family trusts and Rupert Murdoch selling some of his voting shares at News Corp. Meanwhile, the Piech family has gifted Volkswagen employees some of its voting rights.

Ford
Bill Ford, fourth-gen executive chairman of the eponymous carmaker, has transferred some of his class B voting stock into trusts set up for his children for estate and planning purposes.

November 14, 2012

Ferdinand Piech, chair of family-controlled Volkswagen, has hinted he could stay at the carmaker for another five to seven years, despite being 75 years old. 

Ferdinand Piech, chair of family-controlled Volkswagen, has hinted he could stay at the carmaker for another five to seven years, despite being 75 years old.

In April, VW shareholders voted for Piech to serve a third term as chairman, to end in December 2016. But in an interview with German newspaper Bild am Sonntag last week, Piech, whose family holds a majority stake in VW, said he wanted to stay around longer to support chief executive Martin Winterkorn.

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