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April 24, 2018

How can family businesses not just survive, but thrive in an era of big data and automation? James Beech asks futurologists what the world will look like for families by the middle of the 21st century and how families, with their patient capital, can start shaping tomorrow today

How can family businesses not just survive, but thrive in an era of big data and automation? James Beech asks futurologists what the world will look like for families by the middle of the 21st century and how families, with their patient capital, can start shaping tomorrow today

Ferrari is at a crossroads. The family-controlled supercar maker’s conundrum is laid bare at the end of an exhibition at the Design Museum in London that celebrates the marque’s 70th anniversary.

November 3, 2017

Warren Buffett famously said: “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it".

Warren Buffett famously said: "It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it”. These days, given the influence of social media and direct consumer feedback, the smallest issue can have widespread consequences for businesses. Not surprisingly, a survey by the Reputation Institute revealed that reputation is a top priority for 65% of business leaders. However, only 16% felt their organisation had the capability to manage their reputation comprehensively.

October 12, 2017

Weinstein’s brother tasked with taking over; Buffett bets against autonomous trucking future;Tata Sons consolidates to cut losses

Weinstein’s brother tasked with taking over

Bob Weinstein is to take over the film company he founded with his brother, Harvey, after the high-level sexual harassment scandal which has seen the family business’s reputation severely damaged.

February 21, 2017

 A proposed $143 billion takeover of consumer giant Unilever by family-backed Kraft Heinz has been withdrawn less than 48 hours after the deal was first tabled.

A proposed $143 billion takeover of consumer giant Unilever by family-backed Kraft Heinz has been withdrawn less than 48 hours after the deal was first tabled.

Kraft Heinz made an initial offer on 17 February but withdrew it on 19 February with both companies issuing an unusual joint statement: “Unilever and Kraft Heinz hold each other in high regard. Kraft Heinz has the utmost respect for the culture, strategy and leadership of Unilever.”

December 28, 2016

Politically, 2016 has been a rollercoaster year with Britain voting to leave the European Union and Donald Trump becoming the world’s most powerful (family business) leader. Take a look at the top 10 family business themes of 2016 as selected (in no particular order) by CampdenFB’s editorial team.

Politically, 2016 has been a rollercoaster year with Britain voting to leave the European Union and Donald Trump becoming the world’s most powerful (family business) leader. Away from politics, in 2016 many family enterprises have been wrangling with the ever-present challenge of succession or exploring artificial intelligence, while we farewell Mars family patriarch Forrest E. Mars Jr. Take a look at the top 10 family business themes of 2016 as selected (in no particular order) by CampdenFB’s editorial team.

December 15, 2014

A chance discovery in a bookshop led Guy Spier to value investing – and a $650,100 lunch with Warren Buffett. CampdenFB found out how the investment philosophy led him down a different path – both as an investor and a person. 

Forget about bonds, forget real estate, forget venture capital. If Guy Spier were the principal of a €5 billion family office he would invest virtually everything in a handful of substantial – but undervalued – listed companies.

October 3, 2014

Inditex joins forces with Alibaba to boost Chinese sales; Berkshire Hathaway buys Van Tuyl car dealership; and Reliance Communications aims to reduce debt with 4G.

Inditex joins forces with Alibaba to boost Chinese sales; Berkshire Hathaway buys Van Tuyl car dealership; and Reliance Communications aims to reduce debt with 4G.

Inditex joins forces with Alibaba to boost Chinese sales

Family-controlled clothing empire Inditex has announced plans to join forces with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holdings in order to gain a stronger foothold in the country.

March 5, 2012

Carlos Slim, who controls Mexican conglomerate Grupo Carso, is the richest person in the world, with a fortune of about $68.5 billion (€51.9 billion). 

Carlos Slim, who controls Mexican conglomerate Grupo Carso, is the richest person in the world, with a fortune of about $68.5 billion (€51.9 billion).

February 27, 2012

Warren Buffett has chosen who will succeed him as chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway, but the Sage of Omaha did not reveal his replacement's name.

Warren Buffett has chosen who will succeed him as chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway, but the Sage of Omaha did not reveal his replacement's name.

The 81-year-old had previously indicated that the Buffett family’s involvement in the company would continue – saying his son Howard would likely take over as non-executive chairman of the Nebraska-based company.

But up until last weekend, it was not clear if there were any succession plans in place for the chief executive role.

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