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October 23, 2008

There is nothing like a crisis to make people reassess their goals and ambitions. Recent events in the global banking sector have caused this to happen on a huge scale but I see a version of it every week.

There is nothing like a crisis to make people reassess their goals and ambitions. Recent events in the global banking sector have caused this to happen on a huge scale but, as an advisor to high net worth individuals and their families, I see a version of it every week – more often than not prompted by serious health issues.

October 16, 2008

Test driving the new Jaguar XKR is a tough job, but someone has to do it. Antje Doel spent a day roaring up and down Italy's Amalfi coast road to put family-owned Tata's latest acquisition through its paces

Since Jaguar and Land Rover were acquired from Ford by fellow family-owned company Tata Motors earlier this year, new life has been breathed into these  traditional British car brands.

Tata Motors, which bought the pair for $2.3billion, is India's leading car manufacturer and has come a long way since starting out in 1945 as Tata Engineering and Locomotive Co Ltd. Today, it is part of the Tata and Sons Group, founded by Jamshetji Tata and J Baker.

October 9, 2008

Does it matter if your family has no emotional attachment to the family business? I only ask because new research has touched on this very subject and highlighted several interesting issues.

Does it matter if your family has no emotional attachment to the family business? I only ask because new research has touched on this very subject and highlighted several interesting issues.

The study by the Institute for Family Business, "Emotional Ownership - The Critical Pathway Between the Next Generation and the Family Firm", reports that fostering emotional ownership at an early age gives family members a sense of identification and attachment to the family business.

October 6, 2008

Media pundits and trend predictors have turned their sharp focus on the family office of late. It’s as if they’ve stumbled across an undiscovered country or a new form of intelligent life. And for many, that’s exactly what the family office appears to be.

Media pundits and trend predictors have turned their sharp focus on the family office of late. It's as if they've stumbled across an undiscovered country or a new form of intelligent life. And for many, that's exactly what the family office appears to be. Something hitherto unknown. As a result, much of the reporting and commentary can seem light at best. At worst, it completely misses the point.

October 2, 2008

The growth of “absolute return” funds over the past few years can in part be put down to their optimistic title as well as some fortunate timing with unsettled equity markets.

The growth of "absolute return" funds over the past few years can in part be put down to their optimistic title as well as some fortunate timing with unsettled equity markets. However, despite this popularity many are confused and there does not even seem to be a clearly agreed definition of them.

September 29, 2008

Making good on our promise to bring you something extra special for this launch issue of Campden FB we’ve pulled out all the stops.

Making good on our promise to bring you something extra special for this launch issue of Campden FB we've pulled out all the stops. As Families in Business, we brought you incisive interviews with some of the top names in family business. George Vanderbilt, Christof Bosch, Bill Ford, Andrea Illy, JW Marriot Jr and Giuseppe Lavazza are just some of the names that have graced our pages. We've even thrown in a few famous family celebrities over the years, like Paul Newman and Playboy heiress Christie Hefner.

September 24, 2008

Over the past few decades family offices have largely been able to go about their business well under the media's radar. Unfortunately, in today's world that is a view that looks increasingly anachronistic, if not downright foolish.

Over the past few decades family offices have largely been able to go about their business well under the media's radar. The view has been that as long as family members are happy and what they do complies with the law, then their activities are no business of anyone else's. On rare occasions when family offices have received inquiries from the mainstream media, the response has been a medium-polite "no comment" at best and, more often, no response at all. Quite right too, you might think, all well and good, that is exactly as it should be.

September 18, 2008

Artist Charlotte Mann grew up around people talking about art. Her parents are both landscape painters and her brother is a photographer and film-maker. “Ever since I was a child, we’d always have an input in our father’s paintings,” she says.

Claire Adler is a freelance journalist based in London. She specialises in writing about luxury, especially jewellery, watches and design.

Artist Charlotte Mann grew up around people talking about art. Her parents are both landscape painters and her brother is a photographer and film-maker.

September 11, 2008

On 9 August, the first full day of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, an American family business leader, Todd Bachman, 62, was stabbed to death in a random attack, and his wife was severely wounded.

Gregory G. Greenleaf is a senior associate of The Family Business Consulting Group and the former president of the Walter J Greenleaf Co, a distributor serving the metal cutting and manufacturing industry.

John Ward is a co-founder of the Family Business Consulting Group Inc.® Ward is a clinical professor at the Kellogg School of Management where he teaches strategic management, business leadership, and family enterprise continuity. He is an active researcher, speaker, and consultant on family succession, ownership, governance, and philanthropy.

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