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July 14, 2010

Octogenarian L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt has dominated the headlines this week as a string of allegations have emerged about her financial affairs, writes Katie Barker.

Octogenarian L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt has dominated the headlines this week as a string of allegations have emerged about her financial affairs, writes Katie Barker.

July 7, 2010

Hublot CEO Jean-Claude Biver has bought and sold some of the world’s most famous watch brands, but says he has no plans to put his time and effort into succession planning, writes Margie Goldsmith.

Hublot CEO Jean-Claude Biver has bought and sold some of the world's most famous watch brands, but says he has no plans to put his time and effort into succession planning, writes Margie Goldsmith.

The death last week of family-controlled Swatch Group founder Nicolas G Hayek saddened Biver, who knew him from his time as a board member of Swatch from 1992 to 2003.

June 30, 2010

When Shepherd Neame picked up the annual Coutts Prize for Family Business earlier this month, it was the culmination of over 300 years of history, writes Marc Smith. But the current CEO is keen to vent his frustration about how his business is being treated

When Shepherd Neame picked up the annual Coutts Prize for Family Business earlier this month, it was the culmination of over 300 years of history that has tied one family to one industry and one town, writes Marc Smith.

June 23, 2010

Luxury is back, but with a difference, writes Margie Goldsmith. Ultra-high-net-worth travellers are spending again, although this year, says Matthew Upchurch, CEO of global luxury travel network Virtuoso, “their travel decisions are more value driven rather than price driven.”

Luxury is back, but with a difference. Ultra-high-net-worth travellers are spending again, although this year, says Matthew Upchurch, CEO of global luxury travel network Virtuoso, "their travel decisions are more value driven rather than price driven." It would appear that the ego has gone out of the market and travellers are no longer taking extravagant, showy vacations, writes Margie Goldsmith.

June 16, 2010

Last week was award season for family businesses in the UK and of the four main winners, it was interesting to note that three came from the alcoholic beverage sector, writes Katie Barker.

Last week was award season for family businesses in the UK and of the four main winners, it was interesting to note that three came from the alcoholic beverage sector, writes Katie Barker.

June 9, 2010

Family offices have grown increasingly concerned about their foreign currency exposure in recent months as they have watched the euro spiral downward and sovereign debt problems surface around the world, writes Michael S Fischer.

Family offices have grown increasingly concerned about their foreign currency exposure in recent months as they have watched the euro spiral downward and sovereign debt problems surface around the world, writes Michael S Fischer.

June 2, 2010

The risks of sharing too much information on social networking sites have been the subject of much comment and debate in recent weeks, writes Katie Barker.

The risks of sharing too much information on social networking sites have been the subject of much comment and debate in recent weeks, writes Katie Barker. A campaign by some Facebook users, for example, saw close to 30,000 people delete their accounts yesterday in a protest over the sites privacy policies.

Following discussions with family offices and online security experts, here are 10 top tips on how to manage your online profile and decrease the risks posed by using these sites:

May 26, 2010

The image of Russian entrepreneurs in the popular press may be of rapacious capitalists with a penchant for huge yachts and modern art, but the reality is somewhat more complex according to a new report by UBS/Campden Research, writes Marc Smith.

The image of Russian entrepreneurs in the popular press may be of rapacious capitalists with a penchant for huge yachts and modern art, but the reality is somewhat more complex according to a new report by UBS/Campden Research, writes Marc Smith.

May 20, 2010

It is not only the world’s leading business and financial families that require the use of a family office; one of America’s most successful entertainment stars has this week announced that she is creating her own single family office, writes Katie Baker.

It is not only the world's leading business and financial families that require the use of a family office; one of America's most successful entertainment stars has this week announced that she is creating her own single family office, writes Katie Baker.

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