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November 8, 2011

Small-scale businesses dominate Australia's family business sector, but the country was also the birthplace of some of the world's most famous family business names, such as Rupert Murdoch. CampdenFB takes a look at some of the leading Australian family businesses in an interactive graphic.

Small-scale businesses dominate Australia's family business sector, but the country was also the birthplace of some of the world's most famous family business names, such as Rupert Murdoch. However, unlike Europe and Asia, the country's family business history is relatively short. Lionel Samson & Sons, thought to be Australia's oldest continuing family business, is six generations old.

July 15, 2011

Ten years for a family business is no time at all – but when it comes to covering the subject there’s plenty to talk about during that time.  To celebrate 50 issues of the magazine, CampdenFB presents an interactive graphic to reflect family businesses in their full glory.

July 13, 2011

They are the next corporate leaders—the superstars of family business dynasties rising to the top of the business world. CampdenFB, working in association with judges from business schools and the Family Business Network, and supported by Ernst & Young, has come up with the definitive list of the top 40 next generation leaders under the ago of 40.

They are the next corporate leaders—the superstars of family business dynasties rising to the top of the business world. CampdenFB, working in association with judges from business schools and the Family Business Network, and supported by Ernst & Young, has come up with the definitive list of the top 40 next generation leaders under the ago of 40.

July 8, 2011

Handing control of a family business over to the next generation is perhaps the biggest challenge facing any family business, and the way it is handled decides if a company will thrive or fail. Katie Barker, with an eye on 50 editions of FB, speaks to a number of family business luminaries on how they have dealt with succession.

The family Ford probably know a thing or two about succession. After all Bill Ford – the great-grandson of one of the main architects of global capitalism, Henry Ford – is the executive chairman of the company his illustrious predecessor founded more than 100 years ago.

July 6, 2011

Few family businesses produce a product so appreciated that the Museum of Modern Art in New York keeps one in its collection. Not only is the Swiss army knife a design icon, but the company that makes them has a unique corporate structure that keeps everyone happy.

Ibach, around 60 kilometres south of Zurich, could be described as a typical Swiss Alpine town – ordered streets, suburban shops, affluent population, overlooked by impressive Mont Blanc-style mountains. It’s also home to one of the world’s most iconic brands, the Swiss army knife.

May 4, 2011

In a major new survey, Campden FB has compiled a list of the top 50 family business leaders in the world.

In a major new survey, Campden FB has compiled a list of the top 50 family business leaders in the world.

With the aid of four senior family experts from the world's leading business schools - Randal Carlock from INSEAD; Joachim Schwass from IMD; Kavil Ramachandran from Indian School of Business; and John Ward from Kellogg School of Management – Campden has sifted through loads of data to compile the final list. The top five places went to John Elkann, Azim Premji, Güler Sabanci, Guido Barilla and Ratan Tata.

March 16, 2011

The Manuli family made its first fortune in rubber and industrials, now the second generation are diversifying into spas and hedge funds. Second generation Antonello Manuli tells Campden FB about the transition

Italy is known for its family dynasties; Prada, Fiat and Missoni are just three that initially come to mind. Aside from their obvious business acumen, something which many people associate with these families is glamour.

And despite having made their money in the less than glamorous rubber industry, the Manuli family have proved just as successful and glamorous as many of their more famous contemporaries.

March 16, 2011

Construction might not be an area a family business would want to be in during a credit crisis – after all didn’t the crisis start with a collapse in the US property market? Katie Barker takes a look at how family businesses in the sector are coping

Huge family fortunes have been made in construction. Just ask Riley Bechtel – the chief executive of the eponymous company his great-grandfather founded in 1898 and now he heads up. In 2009, the Bechtel Group had revenues of more than $30 billion, up from $27 billion in 2007.

March 8, 2011

John Elkann, fifth-generation chairman of the founding Fiat family, has revealed how he attempts to balance his work burdens with raising a family and carefully exposing his young children to the family business.

John Elkann, fifth-generation chairman of the founding Fiat family, has revealed how he attempts to balance his work burdens with raising a family and carefully exposing his young children to the family business.

In an interview with the Financial Times, 34-year-old Elkann explained when running a family business, it is not always possible to separate the business from family life. “Private life is to some extent part of work life. Ultimately if you want to balance that we cannot have silos, one part separate from the other,” he said.

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