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July 23, 2014

Nearly half of affluent Americans are reluctant to talk about inheritance plans with their successors, according to new research, despite the fact avoiding the subject means heirs are almost twice as likely to disagree about inheritance distribution. 

Nearly half of affluent Americans are reluctant to talk about inheritance plans with their successors, according to new research, despite the fact avoiding the subject means heirs are almost twice as likely to disagree about inheritance distribution.

July 17, 2014

A fresh-faced CEO straight out of business school isn't always the person to inspire public and investor confidence, but circumstances sometimes force a young candidate into the top spot at a family firm.

Picking a chief executive for any family business is a tough task. It is especially problematic if the company is bent on keeping a family member in the top job. This was the conundrum Gianni Agnelli faced when trying to prepare an heir to take the wheel of his family’s iconic Italian car brand Fiat. Drug addiction in his only son and then stomach cancer in his nephew saw his pool of potential successors whittled down to his 21-year-old grandson John Elkann.

July 7, 2014

African family businesses have significantly outperformed those in the Middle East and Asia when it comes to good corporate governance, exclusive research conducted by Campden Wealth reveals, with 71.4% employing non-family key decision makers in executive positions.

African family businesses have significantly outperformed those in the Middle East and Asia when it comes to good corporate governance, exclusive research conducted by Campden Wealth reveals, with 71.4% employing non-family key decision makers in executive positions.

In Asian and the Middle Eastern family businesses, non-family members account for only 18.2% and 22.2% of key decision-making executives respectively.

July 3, 2014

The world’s largest organisation for female corporate directors has announced it is establishing a family business council to explore how family firms can improve corporate governance.

The world’s largest organisation for female corporate directors has announced it is establishing a family business council to explore how family firms can improve corporate governance.

Women Corporate Directors (WCD) said a growing number of its members, especially those from emerging markets, were requesting in-depth information about family business-specific issues.

July 1, 2014

A UK family business expert has called into question findings from a Barclays survey that claims to shed light on relatives' relationships in a family business.

A UK family business expert has called into question findings from a Barclays survey that claims to shed light on relatives' relationships in a family business.

The study, Second Generation Family SMEs in the UK, asked 2,003 members of the British public whether they would hire a family member when setting up a business.

According to the study, 23% of the British public would prefer to work with siblings, followed by fathers at 9% and mothers at 7%.

June 30, 2014

KKR purchases a third of renewables firm Acciona, Pentland Group posts significant profits, Brunello Cucinelli protects the future of his family business and Antofagasta signs lucrative mining agreement. 

KKR purchases a third of renewables firm Acciona, Pentland Group posts significant profits, Brunello Cucinelli protects the future of his family business and Antofagasta signs lucrative mining agreement.

Acciona

Spanish infrastructure giant Acciona has sold a 33% stake in its international renewable energy business, the firm said on Tuesday.

June 18, 2014

The winners of the European Families in Business Awards 2014, in association with Societe Generale Private Banking, have been announced. Take a look at the achievements of CampdenFB's shortlisted candidates.

UK retail family business Pentland Group has been awarded the top honour at the 2014 CampdenFB European Families in Business Awards in Barcelona.

June 9, 2014

Walmart second-gen Rob Walton has appointed son-in-law Greg Penner to vice chairman of the family business, putting him in line to gain control of the multinational corporation. 

Walmart second-gen Rob Walton has appointed son-in-law Greg Penner to vice chairman of the family business, putting him in line to gain control of the multinational corporation.

Speaking at the annual shareholders meeting in Arkansas on Friday, Walton revealed Penner, a board member since 2008, would act as chairman during periods of absence and use his expertise in technology and e-commerce to develop a range of smaller stores.

June 9, 2014

Succession at Samsung – South Korea’s largest family-owned conglomerate – could prove costly for the third generation, with analyst estimates putting the potential inheritance tax bill at almost €5 billion.

Succession at Samsung – South Korea’s largest family-owned conglomerate – could prove costly for the third generation, with analyst estimates putting the potential inheritance tax bill at almost €5 billion.

Analysts have been speculating about the future of the company following the hospitalisation of second-generation chairman Lee Kun-hee last month after a heart attack.

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