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March 6, 2014

The Saïd family made its fortune in large infrastructure projects in the Middle East, but second-generation Khaled Saïd realised early on it was overseeing the family’s portfolio that he had an eye for. He talks to CampdenFB about finding his feet as an entrepreneurial adviser

As a boy growing up in the UK, Khaled Saïd loved puzzles, maths and “figuring things out”. His father, Wafic, had made much of his fortune building significant infrastructure projects in the Middle East during the 1970s and 1980s. But Saïd, 38, had always been interested in the portfolio side of Saïd Holdings, which his father founded in 1987. Solving where he could fit into his family’s business was one more puzzle he had to “figure out”.

February 25, 2014

It's that time of year again – CampdenFB's annual Top Family Business Leaders list. This year we bring you 60 of the most successful stewards and innovators in family business across the globe. It's almost time to reveal who made the grade.

It's that time of year again – CampdenFB's annual Top Family Business Leaders list. This year we bring you 60 of the most successful stewards and innovators in family business across the globe. It's almost time to reveal who made the grade.

December 30, 2013

He started his career in the petrochemical firm his father founded, but when Ben Walters, 38, moved to Shanghai to set up an office he started a rather different business – selling sneakers based on the classic Chinese construction worker’s Liberation shoe. 

He started his career in the petrochemical firm his father founded, but when Ben Walters, 38, (pictured, right) moved to Shanghai to set up an office he started a rather different business – selling sneakers based on the classic Chinese construction worker’s Liberation shoe.

November 20, 2013

Second-generation conglomerate Doğan Holding started out in the automotive industry and now operates in several sectors. The company is optimistic about growth, but the delicate political situation in Turkey means the future won’t be without its difficulties.
 

Second-generation conglomerate Doğan Holding started out in the automotive industry and now operates in several sectors. The company is optimistic about growth, but the delicate political situation in Turkey means the future won’t be without its difficulties.

 

 

 

November 6, 2013

John Elkann heads one of the world’s biggest conglomerates. But he wants to be more than just another boss of a big multinational. He wants to change the world. CampdenFB reports.

John Elkann is on a mission. The fifth-generation owner and manager of one of the biggest industrial groups in the world wants capitalism to change. With his boyish face, soft voice, reserved – even diffident – style he might make an unlikely evangelist, but he is deadly serious.

October 31, 2013

Asian family businesses are not only making a difference to the sectors they operate in, but are also influencing the evolution of the family business model in Asia. CampdenFB takes a look at some of the fastest growing and most exciting.

Asian family businesses are not only making a difference to the sectors they operate in, but are also influencing the evolution of the family business model in Asia. CampdenFB takes a look at some of the fastest growing and most exciting.

 

 

Bakrie & Brothers
• FAMILY: Bakrie
• SECTOR: Commodities, telecommunications and property
• COUNTRY: Indonesia

August 20, 2013

In a rare interview, CampdenFB talks to Mishal Kanoo, deputy chairman of one of the Middle East’s top family businesses, the Kanoo Group.

Family life is extremely private in the Gulf. In a way, it is not surprising that people who dress so conservatively, with women shrouded in black and men cloaked in white, should be so guarded in showing a public face. In the same way, family businesses in the Gulf Cooperation Council, which make up the vast majority of the successful corporations there, are curiously reluctant to share their successes with the press. For this reason, the willingness of Mishal Kanoo, deputy chairman of the GCC-based Kanoo Group, to speak to CampdenFB, is all the more remarkable.

August 8, 2013

Hugo Mulliez is the third-gen of one of France’s most successful family businesses, Auchan. He is now on a mission to democratise the elitist world of contemporary art with Artsper, a new online marketplace.

With Artsper we form partnerships with galleries across France and we are starting to develop into Europe. We ask them to get involved in Artsper [an online marketplace where galleries can display artworks for sale from their exhibitions], and after creating their account they can manage it by themselves. We do not have our own artists or artworks, so we don’t have any stock or delivery issues, we are just an intermediary between galleries, buyers and art amateurs.

August 1, 2013

The eighth generation brothers who run Aspall Cyder see their product as a rival to champagne. CampdenFB speaks to them about the black art of cider-making and taking advice from maharajahs.

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