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March 1, 2004

Wine has long been a popular collectible and investment – but do nothing without competent advice in this expert’s market, says Melanie Stern

Melanie Stern is Section Editor of Families in Business magazine.

Wine has long been a popular collectible and investment – but do nothing without competent advice in this expert's market, says Melanie Stern

When one thinks of wine, images of wealthy chateaux owners in southern France springs to mind, walking barefoot over slate kitchen floors, a cellar-full of vintage Bordeaux quietly gathering dust.

March 1, 2004

The Fisher, Oetker, Lauder, Sabanci and Johnson families are all collectors of classical and contemporary art, a market that increasingly offers more than just intellectual returns, explains Melanie Stern

Melanie Stern is Section Editor of Families in Business magazine.

The Fisher, Oetker, Lauder, Sabanci and Johnson families are all collectors of classical and contemporary art, a market that increasingly offers more than just intellectual returns, explains Melanie Stern

It is probably one of the most popular collectibles among the wealthy but now commonly classed as an alternative investment outperforming many equities. Art as an investment offers increasingly attractive financial as well as emotional returns.

September 1, 2003

It is Switzerland’s oldest and most revered chocolatier with an international reputation for excellence, but remains a one-town operation as part of its strategy to maintain exclusivity.

Melanie Stern is Section Editor of Families in Business magazine.

It is Switzerland's oldest and most revered chocolatier with an international reputation for excellence, but remains a one-town operation as part of its strategy to maintain exclusivity.

February 1, 2002

The survival, integrity and growth instincts of family firms have helped the Indian diamond polishing industry expand into a major industry dominated by family-owned and managed firms

The diamond cutting and polishing industry presents a remarkable case in the field of family business in India. It provides an interesting landscape to view and investigate, as its distinguishing characteristics include unique features and approaches to management practised by the family firms that dominate the scene.

Indian industrial scene

January 1, 2002

The business of haute horlogerie is specialised and dominated by a small number of firms. Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, Vice-President of Chopard, reveals how their family business has remained one of the leaders

When German jewellery- and watchmaker, Karl Scheufele, bought the small Chopard Swiss watchmaking firm in 1963, his intention was to develop a distinctive brand, while maintaining a tight control over the production process.

January 1, 2002

Italy is a world leader in fashion and design. However, increased global competition of the Italian fashion and design industry poses a potential threat to family dominance

The Italian fashion and design industry has overtaken France as a world leader, with an estimated 30% of the global market in luxury goods, estimated to be worth more than US$80 billion each year.

Italian fashion exports were valued at US$26 billion during 2000, an increase of nearly 15% over the previous year. Other significant export markets include Germany, France and the UK, with East European nations such as Romania emerging as new customers for the fashion giants of Rome and Milan.

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