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August 19, 2019

The age of quantum computing has dawned and tech giants and start-ups are racing to make the next generation of supercomputers applicable to our daily lives. Alison Ebbage reports on what it means for family businesses and investors.

Quantum computing could turn the technology world on its head. By harnessing properties beyond the grasp of traditional Newtonian physics, the potential is to transform the way that computers look at data and the speed at which they can process and analyse it.

February 25, 2019

Hospitality is second nature to Lydia Forte, the award-winning hotel heiress who is taking her family business into the 21st century, as she explains to James Beech

Only 24 hours before Lydia Forte graciously accepted the CampdenFB Top Family Business Rising Star award on stage at the European Families in Business Awards in Madrid, she had put the finishing touches to her family’s new £3 million ($3.9 million) refurbishment in Edinburgh.

“I was at our Balmoral Hotel (pictured) where we had the first day of opening to the public of our new restaurant, which has been a long time in the making,” explains Forte, the group director of food and beverage at Rocco Forte Hotels. 

February 19, 2019

How the Mexican billionaire Servitje family raised Grupo Bimbo into a multinational bakery product manufacturing giant that produces 13,000 products across 100 brands in 32 countries in less than 80 years.

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From a humble family store to the world’s largest bakery company, the story of Mexico’s Grupo Bimbo almost has a Hollywood ring to it.

The company’s genesis can be traced back to the move from Spain to Mexico of Juan Servitje, who founded a bakery and retail outlet in his adopted home country in 1928.

February 18, 2019

The Mexican economy may long have had difficulties in achieving brisk growth, but that has not stopped the nation’s largest family businesses from forging ahead and, in some cases, becoming world leaders. Daniel Bardsley takes a look at this land of extremes and where families fit in

The family business dominates the Mexican economic landscape—an often-used motto in the country is “You trust your blood”—but few nations have such a gaping divide between the large and the small.

At one extreme, Mexico has millions of under-the-radar micro-businesses keen to avoid the attentions of the tax collectors, while at the other it plays host to corporate family-controlled giants that are at the global cutting edge.

December 12, 2018

Family and non-family principals of Ireland’s leading food retail and wholesale company crowded the stage to accept the Top Family Business Award 2018 as next generations vowed to build on the success of their families at the gala ceremony in Madrid.

Family and non-family principals of Ireland’s leading food retail and wholesale company crowded the stage to accept the Top Family Business Award 2018 as next generations vowed to build on the success of their families at the gala ceremony in Madrid.

The Irish family that claimed this year’s leading prize at the CampdenFB European Families in Business Awards paid tribute to the “fantastic families” who shared their “best in class” stories on the stage.

October 29, 2018

Europe’s most innovative and entrepreneurial family businesses will meet in Italy next year to celebrate the best examples of leadership, next-generation achievement, and sustainability.
 

Europe’s most innovative and entrepreneurial family businesses will meet in Italy next year to celebrate the best examples of leadership, next-generation achievement, and sustainability.

The European Families in Business Awards is to partner with BNP Paribas Wealth Management in 2019, heralding an exciting new era for the annual event that celebrates Europe’s finest business families.

September 27, 2018

Comcast takes stake in Sky, Louis Dreyfus Commodities sees shock leadership changes, and Versace family sells to Michael Kors.

Comcast wins bid for Murdoch empire’s prize asset
Second-generation media giant Comcast has won the battle to acquire the Murdoch family’s satellite broadcaster Sky with 21stCentury Fox (21CF) also agreeing to sell its remaining stake to Comcast.

The Roberts family own 33% of Comcast’s voting stock, and 1% of its common stock, while 21stCentury Fox (21CF) is controlled by the Murdoch family, who own 39% of the voting stock and 17% of the equity.

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 1, 2018

Ghazi Abu Nahl, insurance magnate, philanthropist, and father-of-five, shows few signs of slowing down. Despite turning 72 this year, his schedule sees him in a new city virtually every week. So how did a former refugee, who describes his ideal day as being at home with his wife and children, build a global business empire with more than $5 billion in assets? Alexandra Newlovereports

Ghazi Abu Nahl, insurance magnate, philanthropist, and father-of-five, shows few signs of slowing down. Despite turning 72 this year, his schedule sees him in a new city virtually every week. So how did a former refugee, who describes his ideal day as being at home with his wife and children, build a global business empire with more than $5 billion in assets? Alexandra Newlovereports

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