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March 5, 2014

A reclusive second-gen to Chinese real estate agent Logan Properties has been declared the youngest billionaire on the planet by Forbes World’s Billionaires List, which includes a number of family business members.

A reclusive second-gen to Chinese real estate agent Logan Properties has been declared the youngest billionaire on the planet by Forbes World’s Billionaires List, which includes a number of family business members.

At age 24, Hong Kong native Perenna Kei is an 85% shareholder in the family business and a non-executive director. Her father, Ji Haipeng, is chairman and chief executive of the company.

December 5, 2013

Walmart’s attempt to make a quick buck off anti-capitalist images by street artist Banksy has backfired, with the artist’s publicist asking to have the items removed.

Walmart’s attempt to make a quick buck off anti-capitalist images by street artist Banksy has backfired, with the artist’s publicist asking to have the items removed.

The retailer, controlled by the Waltons, had been selling canvases and t-shirts bearing the artist’s stenciled images through its website.

One image included a street vendor selling a t-shirt emblazoned with the words ‘Destroy Capitalism’.

November 19, 2013

A US environmental group has accused family-controlled retail giant Walmart of leaving some of its most polluting activities off its annual sustainability report.

A US environmental group has accused family-controlled retail giant Walmart of leaving some of its most polluting activities off its annual sustainability report.

In 2005, the hypermarket chain, controlled by the Walton family, launched a much-publicised sustainability campaign. It says since then its greenhouse gas emissions have risen only 14%.

September 3, 2013

A Kenyan family's feud over whether their supermarket chain is or is not a family business has not yet derailed a deal to sell a controlling stake to an outside investor, with a court giving the green light for the deal. 

A Kenyan family's feud over whether their supermarket chain is or is not a family business has not yet derailed a deal to sell a controlling stake to an outside investor, with a court giving the green light for the deal.

Newton Kagiha, a disinherited son of Peter Mukuha Kago, applied for an injunction from the high court to block the sale of the family’s Naivas supermarket chain while a dispute over inheritance was resolved.

August 21, 2013

A group of disgruntled Walmart employees have taken aim at the expensive hobby of its second-gen chairman, in a protest to point out the pay discrepancy between the family business’s minimum wage workers and its top-level executives.

A group of disgruntled Walmart employees have taken aim at the expensive hobby of its second-gen chairman, in a protest to point out the pay discrepancy between the family business’s minimum wage workers and its top-level executives.

S. Robson Walton, 68, was targeted while taking part in a racing event in California with his collection of luxury cars, including a Maserati and a Ferrari, valued at an estimated $16 million.

Two separate protests were staged – one in front of the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and the other at a nearby Walmart store.

August 9, 2013

American Greetings Corporation returns to full family ownership, Wal-Mart mulls bid for Hong Kong supermarket chain, and Indian family firm announces expansion plans.

American Greetings Corporation returns to full family ownership, Wal-Mart mulls bid for Hong Kong supermarket chain, and Indian family firm announces expansion plans.

American Greetings Corporation
American Greetings Corporation has returned to private ownership, following a $612 million (€458 million) buyout by the Weiss family – descendants of Jacob Sapirstein who founded the company in 1906.

July 25, 2013

When they start a business, many people naturally give it there own name. It suggests solidarity and trustworthiness, and helps a lot in meetings. But is there a moment when it's no longer desirable to be inextricably tied to your family's business?

Earlier this year the French luxury group Pinault-Printemps-Redoute changed its name to Kering. In doing so, it took big step – it shed the family name. The decision to do so was taken by the chairman and CEO, Francois-Henri Pinault, who is the son of the business’s founder (the Printemps and Redoute are from various takeovers). Pinault cited perfectly sound business reasons for the rebranding – chief among them that only 5% of the group’s sales now come from France. Nonetheless, this is a Rubicon many family businesses would struggle to cross.

July 11, 2013

Many North American clothing brands that refused to sign a union-backed safety agreement following April’s factory disaster in Bangladesh, have now formed their own alliance to improve worker safety in the country.

Many North American clothing brands that refused to sign a union-backed safety agreement following April’s factory disaster in Bangladesh, have now formed their own alliance to improve worker safety in the country.

June 26, 2013

Family business should not be confused with small business in the US

Size matters in the US, which is home to some of the world’s biggest family businesses. The country’s five largest family-controlled firms – Walmart, Ford, Cargill, Koch Industries and Comcast – had combined revenues of $911.9 billion (€694.8 billion) in 2012, more than Indonesia’s GDP.

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