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June 30, 2014

KKR purchases a third of renewables firm Acciona, Pentland Group posts significant profits, Brunello Cucinelli protects the future of his family business and Antofagasta signs lucrative mining agreement. 

KKR purchases a third of renewables firm Acciona, Pentland Group posts significant profits, Brunello Cucinelli protects the future of his family business and Antofagasta signs lucrative mining agreement.

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Spanish infrastructure giant Acciona has sold a 33% stake in its international renewable energy business, the firm said on Tuesday.

May 15, 2014

The co-founder of a Utah ski resort who is unable to live and work at high altitude any longer due to his advancing age has struck a partnership with another resort-owning family.

The co-founder of a Utah ski resort who is unable to live and work at high altitude any longer due to his advancing age has struck a partnership with another resort-owning family.

Dick Bass, 84, helped establish the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort in the 1970s and has retained control of it since, along with his family.

However, last week the company issued a statement confirming the Bass family had entered a partnership with the Cumming family for the future operation and development of the resort.

April 7, 2014

Brown-Forman, one of the US's largest spirits companies, is rumoured to have its sights set on acquiring third-generation French cognac business Remy Cointreau.

Brown-Forman, one of the US's largest spirits companies, is rumoured to have its sights set on acquiring third-generation French cognac business Remy Cointreau.

The source of the rumour was Betaville, a City of London blog penned by freelance financial journalist Ben Harrington.

April 2, 2014

Italian dairy and food corporation Parmalat has expanded its presence in Australasia with the acquisition of a Western Australian family dairy products and fruit juice business.

Italian dairy and food corporation Parmalat has expanded its presence in Australasia with the acquisition of a Western Australian family dairy products and fruit juice business.

Parmalat, owned by France's Besnier family via their dairy giant Lactalis, bought 28-year-old Harvey Fresh in a €79 million deal this week.

February 25, 2014

The third-largest chocolate maker in the US, Russell Stover Candies, could net the controlling family more than $1 billion if they decide to sell the business.

The third-largest chocolate maker in the US, Russell Stover Candies, could net the controlling family more than $1 billion if they decide to sell the business.

The second-generation of the Ward family are mulling giving up the Missouri-based manufacturer of boxed chocolates, and have appointed investment bank Goldman Sachs to assess their options.

January 14, 2014

Japanese family-controlled drinks giant Suntory has vastly increased its global reach with a historic multi-billion dollar purchase of US whiskey business Beam Inc.

Japanese family-controlled drinks giant Suntory has vastly increased its global reach with a historic multi-billion dollar purchase of US whiskey business Beam Inc.

The $16 billion (€11.7 billion) deal, which still needs approval from Beam shareholders, would add famous US whiskey labels such as Jim Beam and Knob Creek, as well some European names including Courvoisier and Teachers, to Suntory’s stable of brands.

December 6, 2013

Germany’s Merck bulked up its materials and specialty chemicals business with purchase of high-tech electronic materials company and George Soros bought into Australia’s Nine Entertainment’s IPO.

Germany’s Merck bulked up its materials and specialty chemicals business with purchase of high-tech electronic materials company and George Soros bought into Australia’s Nine Entertainment’s IPO.

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German pharmaceuticals and chemicals business Merck, which is 70% owned by the eponymous founding family, is to buy Britain's AZElectronic Materials for £2.6 billion (€3.1 billion).

November 18, 2013

Forbes is set to become the latest high-profile publication to leave family ownership, with its parent company, Forbes Media, confirming the business is up for sale.

Forbes is set to become the latest high-profile publication to leave family ownership, with its parent company, Forbes Media, confirming the business is up for sale.

In an email to staff on Friday, chief executive Mike Perlis – the first non-family member to run the company in its 96-year history – said it had hired bankers to “test the waters regarding a sale”.

According to the Wall St Journal, the company hopes the sale will yield more than $400 million.

October 29, 2013

AB InBev, the largest brewery company in the world and producer of brands such as Stella Artois, Budweiser and Beck's, may be preparing to buy its closest rival in one of the largest mergers in history.

AB InBev, the largest brewery company in the world and producer of brands such as Stella Artois, Budweiser and Beck's, may be preparing to buy its closest rival in one of the largest mergers in history.

According to media reports, the Belgian family-controlled AB InBev has its eye on London-based SABMiller as its next major acquisition, following its purchase of Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo in June of this year.

AB InBev was formed in 2008 when InBev purchased Anheuser-Busch Companies – a US family brewing business, with roots dating back to 1852.

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