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June 5, 2018

The annual European Families in Business Awards is a golden opportunity to see great examples of family businesses adapting and leading in their respective industries, while preserving proud traditions.

Automation, disruption, and the rise of artificial intelligence—all these 21st century technology trends can be seen as both challenges to existing family businesses and opportunities. Two vital ingredients to help business families prosper in the future and use these trends to their advantage are adaptation and leadership.

The annual European Families in Business Awards is a golden opportunity to see great examples of family businesses adapting and leading in their respective industries, while preserving proud traditions.

May 31, 2018

French industrialist Serge Dassault dies, JAB Holding adds Pret to portfolio, and Jack Daniels maker Brown-Forman appoints second successive non-family CEO

French icon Serge Dassault dies aged 93

The controversial French industrialist and politician Serge Dassault, chairman of the eponymous aviation and software giant Dassault Group, has died aged 93.

The nonagenarian, who took over the business after his father’s death in 1986, is understood to have died at the headquarters of Dassault Aviation, according to French media reports.

May 23, 2018

LG Group chairman dies, prominent Swedish families back ‘creative Davos’, LVMH-backed funds buys into Indian retailer

Transformational LG Group chairman Koo Bon-moo dies 

The influential chairman of South Korea’s LG Group, who helped transform the company into a technology heavyweight, has passed away after a battle with brain disease.

Third-generation leader Koo Bon-moo, 73, had been ill for a year, LG said in a statement, and had refused life support.

May 22, 2018

Geordie Willis, next-gen creative director at 320-year-old wine merchant and royal supplier Berry Bros & Rudd, spoke to Alexandra Newlove about being benevolently cast out, his grandfather’s love of screw-cap merlot, and why two families can be better than one.

Geordie Willis, next-gen creative director at 320-year-old wine merchant and royal supplier Berry Bros & Rudd, spoke to Alexandra Newlove about being benevolently cast out, his grandfather’s love of screw-cap merlot, and why two families can be better than one.

Geordie Willis had been working in the cellars of his family’s iconic wine business for several years when one day, his uncle—then the chairman of Berry Bros & Rudd—called him upstairs.

May 16, 2018

Ethan Koh is a fourth-generation descendant of the Singaporean family behind Heng Long Leather—a tannery for exotic skins which supplies some of the world’s top luxury brands. Koh founded Ethan K in 2009 as a maker of vibrant bespoke crocodile skin handbags, which proved popular with royals. He told Alexandra Newlove about capturing the millennial imagination, his most unusual bespoke requests, and his advice for the next generation looking to make their mark

Ethan Koh is a fourth-generation descendant of the Singaporean family behind Heng Long Leather—a tannery for exotic skins which supplies some of the world’s top luxury brands. Koh founded Ethan K in 2009 as a maker of vibrant bespoke crocodile skin handbags, which proved popular with royals. He told Alexandra Newlove about capturing the millennial imagination, his most unusual bespoke requests, and his advice for the next generation looking to make their mark

April 12, 2018

It is not unusual for successful business people to spend their later years focused on charitable work. More novel is the entrepreneur who, by age 40, spends 90% of his time on a project that makes him no money. Alexandre Mars spoke to Alexandra Newlove about Epic, his non-profit start-up, and making giving the norm

It is not unusual for successful business people to spend their later years focused on charitable work. More novel is the entrepreneur who, by age 40, spends 90% of his time on a project that makes him no money. Alexandre Mars spoke to Alexandra Newlove about Epic, his non-profit start-up, and making giving the norm

Alexandre Mars’ outlook on life is buoyed by the belief that people want to help others—though, he concedes they do not always act on this impulse.

November 24, 2017

Dik Wessels, the Dutch construction tycoon and the family business patriarch who formed VolkerWessels, has died at the age of 71 after poor health.

Dik Wessels, the Dutch construction tycoon and the family business patriarch who formed VolkerWessels, has died at the age of 71 after poor health.

Hailed as one of the most successful businessmen in the Netherlands, Wessels was aged 14 when he started working for the modest eponymous family business owned by his father, Rijssen carpenter Arend Wessels.

The second-generation leader officially took over in 1968 and accelerated business growth, especially in the 1980s after his father died. 

November 6, 2017

Fast-growing companies are what get economies moving and this year more than 70% of the leaders in our Top 50 list are from expanding new companies we have never featured. Read on about the leaders getting their family businesses going in the right direction

Fast-growing companies are what get economies moving and this year more than 70% of the leaders in our Top 50 list are from expanding new companies we have never featured. Read on about the leaders getting their family businesses going in the right direction

October 30, 2017

Socially progressive, but with a streak of personal resilience, four generations of Kohlers have built one of America’s oldest and most successful privately-held companies. Margie Goldsmith finds out how the plumbers found success in the pipeline

Socially progressive, but with a streak of personal resilience, four generations of Kohlers have built one of America’s oldest and most successful privately-held companies. Margie Goldsmith finds out how the plumbers found success in the pipeline

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