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May 21, 2009

First there was Battista the founder, then Sergio the son, next Andrea the grandson, and now the latter’s young brother Paolo. For nearly 80 years, successive members of Italy’s Pininfarina family have turned the car design and engineering firm into a national monument.

First there was Battista the founder, then Sergio the son, next Andrea the grandson, and now the latter's young brother Paolo. For nearly 80 years, successive members of Italy's Pininfarina family have turned the car design and engineering firm into a national monument.

May 14, 2009

Family-owned and run Combarro is one of Madrid's most celebrated seafood restaurants, and an obligatory stop for the lovers of the extreme variety of fish, molluscs, crustaceans and Jurassic animals that constitute such an important element of Spain's extraordinary food culture.

Family-owned and run Combarro is one of Madrid's most celebrated marisquerías, or seafood restaurants, and an obligatory stop for the lovers of the extreme variety of fish, molluscs, crustaceans and Jurassic animals that constitute such an important element of Spain's extraordinary food culture, writes Rodrigo Amaral.

May 11, 2009

The US-based Justice family has purchased the exclusive Greenbrier resort, an award winning complex in West Virginia.

The US-based Justice family has purchased the exclusive Greenbrier resort, an award winning luxury complex in West Virginia. The deal, the full details of which have not been made public, includes an 80% stake in The Greenbrier Sporting Club, which features three world championship golf courses.

Jim Justice, patriarch of the family and head of the Justice Family Group, said he was "very excited to become part of one of America's finest traditions."

May 7, 2009

Family-owned luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent has a history of offering access to places and experts that are largely inaccessible. Think of an expedition to the South Pole with the man described by the Guinness Book of Records as “the world’s greatest living explorer” Sir Ranulph Fiennes as your guide.

Family-owned luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent has a history of offering access to places and experts that are largely inaccessible. Think of an expedition to the South Pole with the man described by the Guinness Book of Records as "the world's greatest living explorer" Sir Ranulph Fiennes as your guide. Or take a photography master class at dawn while touring Siem Reap, Cambodia, in the company of a professional photographer.

April 27, 2009

Oscar-winning British actor Daniel Day Lewis once said: “Being at the centre of a film is a burden one takes on with innocence — the first time. Thereafter, you take it on with trepidation.” And in many ways Day Lewis could easily have been speaking as much about investment in the film industry as about acting.

Oscar-winning British actor Daniel Day Lewis once said: "Being at the centre of a film is a burden one takes on with innocence — the first time. Thereafter, you take it on with trepidation." And in many ways Day Lewis could easily have been speaking as much about investment in the film industry as about acting.

Many investors are attracted to the industry for its glamour, excitement and access to celebrities, however, it is a certain type of individual that is able to make consistent returns from investment in film.

April 27, 2009

Family tragedy followed by family passion led to the birth of a luxury brand currently taking the world of watches by storm. Claire Adler meets two brothers who abandoned the City of London long before anyone even mumbled the words credit crunch

As children, Nick and Giles English could routinely be found tinkering in their father's aeroplane workshop in the east of England, repairing planes, making clocks, models, musical instruments and fixing anything mechanical they could lay their hands on. Their father Euan was a World War Two RAF aerobatic champion and it was hardly a surprise when Nick and Giles grew up to become professional pilots and aviation junkies.

April 14, 2009

McIlhenny Company, the family-owned manufacturer of Tabasco red pepper sauce, has been given the royal seal of approval by the British monarchy.

McIlhenny Company, the family-owned manufacturer of Tabasco red pepper sauce, has been given the royal seal of approval by the British monarchy.

Queen Elizabeth II has awarded a Royal Warrant to the family-owned company, which celebrated its 140th anniversary last year. Royal Warrants are marks of recognition to individuals or companies who have supplied goods or services for at least five years to the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh or the Prince of Wales.

March 26, 2009

François-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of family-owned luxury group PPR, has revealed that “today’s global crisis” will not halt his personal crusade to make luxury sustainable.

François-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of family-owned luxury group PPR, has revealed that "today's global crisis" will not halt his personal crusade to make luxury sustainable. In a speech at a conference in New Delhi, the son of PPR's founder François Pinault, said sustainable luxury formed part of the sector's identity and responsibility.

March 4, 2009

Roberto E Wirth, proprietor and general manager of the five-star Hassler Roma, walks proudly through the hotel’s elegant new restaurant, Imàgo, overlooking a view of the city of Rome and the Villa Borghese gardens.

Roberto E Wirth, proprietor and general manager of the five-star Hassler Roma, walks proudly through the hotel’s elegant new restaurant, Imàgo, overlooking a view of the city of Rome and the Villa Borghese gardens.

Dressed impeccably in a hand-tailored Italian suit, silk tie and pocket handkerchief, the 59-year-old welcomes guests as if they were in his own home. Given that Wirth has been running and calling this hotel home for the last 25 years, this is not surprising.

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