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May 6, 2013

The Bargetto Winery, one of California’s oldest vineyards, is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. CampdenFB speaks to fourth-gen John Bargetto. 

It was over a century ago that 17-year-old Philip Bargetto first came to California from the village of Castelnuovo Don Bosco, in the northern Italian region of Piedmont. “My family has been in the wine business here in this country since 1890,” says John Bargetto (pictured, left), the fourth-generation of the family and director of winemaking at the eponymous business. In 1909 Philip’s brother John joined him in California and they set up a winery in San Francisco. “They operated that for about 10 years and then prohibition came in 1919.”

April 18, 2013

Conglomerate Murugappa is sometimes dubbed southern India’s Tata Group, CampdenFB talks to its fourth-gen chairman about his plans for the family business.

Conglomerate Murugappa is sometimes dubbed southern India’s Tata Group, CampdenFB talks to its fourth-gen chairman about his plans for the family business.

April 16, 2013

Oscar Farinetti is one of Italy’s best-known entrepreneurs. His latest venture, a food retailer called Eataly, is among the world’s fastest-growing brands. Family has played a big role in his success.

The calling to be an entrepreneur came to me when I was young, at the age of just 20. I had an overriding desire to be an entrepreneur. At that time, in the late 1970s, I realised that the electronics industry was becoming increasingly important and I decided to start developing my activities in the sector.

March 21, 2013

The next-gens in luxury firms aren’t complacent. Campden looks at 10 who are making a name in their own right.

The next-gens in luxury firms aren’t complacent. Campden looks at 10 who are making a name in their own right.

Kilian Hennessy, 40
He’s an heir of the legendary Hennessy cognac company, but Kilian Hennessy’s luxury interests lie elsewhere: in fragrances. After training under some of Europe’s most prolific noses he worked as a perfumer for Christian Dior, Paco Rabanne, Alexander McQueen and Giorgio Armani.

March 4, 2013

Frank Wang, 32, founder and CEO of LuxSea, on luxury, entrepreneurship and why China could be the new Japan.

Frank Wang (pictured, below), 32, founder and CEO of LuxSea, on luxury, entrepreneurship and why China could be the new Japan.

My family business is in the energy sector. My grandfather was the founder of Huaneng Group, which is one of the biggest electricity generating companies in Asia. It was the first Chinese company to go public on the NYSE and is in the Fortune 500.

February 28, 2013

Ethan Koh, the 25-year-old fourth-generation tanner and founder of a London-based fashion business, on modern luxury, artisanship — and how to pick the perfect crocodile skin.

Ethan Koh, the 25-year-old fourth-generation tanner and founder of a London-based fashion business, on modern luxury, artisanship — and how to pick the perfect crocodile skin.

February 27, 2013

Mathilde Thomas and her husband’s beauty brand has conquered France. America is next.

New York, a week after Superstorm Sandy, and the morning of Obama’s re-election. In her new store in a prime corner location on the Upper East Side, Mathilde Thomas is lining up bottles of Caudalie skincare products with the precision of a chemist. A digital display shows the view from her bedroom at her family’s vineyard, Château Smith Haut Lafitte, with leaves rippling in the breeze. The central counter is made from wine barrels and the wallpaper is decorated with pictures of the varieties of grapes the family grows.

December 18, 2012

Angus Thirlwell, co-founder of Hotel Chocolat, reckons watching his father do business gave him a taste for entrepreneurship. He talks to CampdenFB about risks, chocolate and not following family expectations. 

Angus Thirlwell, 49, is co-founder of Hotel Chocolat.

November 16, 2012

Want to know more about the family businesses on our Global Challengers 2012 list? Here are six of the best. 

Fifty family businesses made our Global Challengers 2012 list. Here’s six of the best:

Scholz Group
Scholz family

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