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December 4, 2009

South Africa’s Karoo region is host to many wild animals, including the cheetah. Sarah Tompkins tells Margie Goldsmith how she is building a family legacy in the open wilderness

Sarah Tompkins, co-owner of Samara Private Game Reserve in South Africa's Karoo wilderness, stands on top of Kondoa Mountain, which looks out on the plains of Camedoo in the Eastern Cape. It is a cloudless day and one can see out as far as 250 kilometers. Nearby, thundering black wildebeest herds dart across the grass. But Sarah is looking only 20 yards away, where two male cheetahs stare back disinterestedly at her and a guide. It is shortly after sunrise. The two cheetahs have just woken up and they won't move till the sun has warmed them.

December 4, 2009

Against the background of a flailing economy, third generation jewellers Aaron Basha are bucking the trend. Claire Adler meets president Sasson Basha and finds out how he’s riding the wave in style

Aaron Basha, also known as the godfather of charms, started his training early. His mother was a jeweller to kings and queens and between the ages of nine and 12, Aaron routinely accompanied her to private meetings in a bevy of royal harems.

December 4, 2009

Rodrigo Amaral meets the sixth-generation CEO behind one of Spain’s most successful family companies and examines the role an iconic symbol has played in its growth

One of the most recognisable symbols of Spain is the black bull. Whether it towers over stretches of roads, shouts out from the pages of national newspapers or is found with increasing regularity on a vast range of tourist souvenirs, it communicates a clear message about the values of Spain and its people. However, what is less well known is that the famous bull was created in 1956 by the family-owned Osborne group to publicise a brandy marque.

December 1, 2009

When five British sailors were captured by Iran’s navy last week, it was not only their families who were worried. Andrew Pindar OBE, the fourth-generation chairman of leading print and electronic media company Pindar, is the founder of the project that could inadvertently lead to an international incident.

When five British sailors were captured by Iran's navy last week, it was not only their families who were worried. Andrew Pindar OBE (pictured), the fourth-generation chairman of leading print and electronic media company Pindar, is the founder of the project that could inadvertently lead to an international incident.

October 7, 2009

The PPR Group, owned by the France-based Pinault family, announced today the latest in a series of moves intended to refocus the group on the luxury consumer goods industry.

The PPR Group, owned by the France-based Pinault family, announced today the latest in a series of moves intended to refocus the group on the luxury consumer goods industry.

August 28, 2009

James Bond creator Ian Fleming always wore it and Florence Nightingale penned thank-you letters for it. Family-owned Floris’s fragrances give an unapologetically old-fashioned experience discovers Claire Adler

The location of the original Floris boutique, in London's Piccadilly, is not just an advantage because of its proximity to affluent Londoners. Ever since its beginnings in 1730, Floris's location has also proved a distinct advantage when it comes to supplying the local royal palaces.

August 28, 2009

A new alliance combining old-fashioned grand hospitality and Michelin starred cuisine in the most opulent surroundings takes luxury to a new level, reports Margie Goldsmith

A collaboration has just been formed between the Sandoz family-owned Beau-Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland and the Pic family-owned Maison Pic Restaurant of Valence, France. Both lay claim to over four generations of family leaders, one in the world of hospitality and the other in the world of haute cuisine. Each offers an experience that dates back to an age of elegance, extravagance and grace, and both continue to strive for originality and perfection.

August 27, 2009

England has long been out of step with much of the rest of the world when it comes to the enforceability of pre-nuptial agreements.

England has long been out of step with much of the rest of the world when it comes to the enforceability of pre-nuptial agreements. In July, the headlines which greeted the Court of Appeal's landmark judgment in Radmacher v Granatino proclaimed that England was finally in step with the rest of the world: if you have a pre-nup, you can rely on it in the English Courts. The reality is more complicated. The ruling is the clearest indication yet that the English Courts will give significant weight to pre-nups, but wealthy individuals and families must still beware.

August 27, 2009

Albert Frere, the billionaire founder of Compagnie Nationale a Portefeuille, is auctioning part of his private wine cellar next month to raise money for the Charles-Albert Frere foundation.

Albert Frere, the billionaire founder of Compagnie Nationale a Portefeuille, is auctioning part of his private wine cellar next month to raise money for the Charles-Albert Frere foundation.
 

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