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May 5, 2010

Arnaud Lagardère is anxious to shake off his playboy image, writes Darrell Delamaide. The 49-year-old second-generation head of Lagardère SCA, which has extensive media interests as well as an important investment in defence and aerospace, was reportedly one of the bidders in the running to acquire Playboy magazine when it was being jobbed around last year.

Arnaud Lagardère (pictured) is anxious to shake off his playboy image, writes Darrell Delamaide. The 49-year-old second-generation head of Lagardère SCA, which has extensive media interests as well as an important investment in defence and aerospace, was reportedly one of the bidders in the running to acquire Playboy magazine when it was being jobbed around last year.

April 28, 2010

What is conflict? One definition states it is “an expressed struggle between at least two interdependent parties who perceive incompatible goals, scarce resources and interference from others in achieving their goals,” writes Walid Chiniara

What is conflict? According to just one of many definitions, it is "an expressed struggle between at least two interdependent parties who perceive incompatible goals, scarce resources and interference from others in achieving their goals," writes Walid Chiniara.

April 21, 2010

In sharp contrast to last year, it is no secret that the first quarter of 2010 has seen an increase in merger and acquisition activity, writes Katie Barker

In sharp contrast to last year, it is no secret that the first quarter of 2010 has seen an increase in merger and acquisition activity, writes Katie Barker. 

April 14, 2010

When the Manuli family went public with its Manuli Rubber company in 1997, Antonello Manuli did something many cash-rich family business owners have done – he set up a family office. But that’s where the similarities with most of his peers end, writes Marc Smith.

When the Manuli family went public with its Manuli Rubber company in 1997, Antonello Manuli did something many cash-rich family business owners have done – he set up a family office, writes Marc Smith.

But that's where the similarities with most of his peers end because the 64 year-old Italian subsequently invested a staggering 80% of the financial wealth into hedge funds.

April 7, 2010

Jim Justice, who last week added another luxury resort to his purchase of the legendary Greenbrier property in 2009, has become something of a miracle worker for the people of West Virginia in America’s Appalachian region, writes Darrell Delamaide

Jim Justice, who last week added another luxury resort to his purchase of the legendary Greenbrier property in 2009, has become something of a miracle worker for the people of West Virginia in America's Appalachian region, writes Darrell Delamaide.

March 31, 2010

As we reported last week, family businesses were very well represented in a list of the world’s most ethical companies. But what defines an ethical company and how can family businesses – traditionally seen as being inherently socially responsible – improve what they do in this field, asks Marc Smith

As we reported last week, family businesses were very well represented in a list of the world's most ethical companies (click here to read our coverage of the story).

March 24, 2010

UK family businesses Shepherd Neame Ltd and Day Lewis Plc were awarded the regional Coutts Prize for Family Business last month in recognition of their success during what was a particularly difficult past 12 months. Katie Barker spoke exclusively to the CEOs of both companies to find out how they succeeded in a year of financial crisis

UK family businesses Shepherd Neame Ltd and Day Lewis Plc were awarded the regional Coutts Prize for Family Business last month in recognition of their success during what was a particularly difficult past 12 months. Katie Barker spoke exclusively to the CEOs of both companies to find out how they succeeded in a year of financial crisis.

March 17, 2010

The perils of owning and managing a family business are a regular feature of www.campdenFB.com, writes Katie Barker. Sibling rivalry, a lack of succession planning and leaders who are unable to let go are just some of the problems that can result in family feuds, PR catastrophes or even the sale of the business

The perils of owning and managing a family business are a regular feature of www.campdenFB.com, writes Katie Barker. Sibling rivalry, a lack of succession planning and leaders who are unable to let go are just some of the problems that can result in family feuds, PR catastrophes or even the sale of the business.

March 10, 2010

Serious conflict between the founder of one of Spain’s largest private, family-owned companies and his children has caused such instability that it stands on the brink of a listing, writes Rodrigo Amaral

Serious conflict between the founder of one of Spain's largest private, family-owned companies and his children has caused such instability that it stands on the brink of a listing, writes Rodrigo Amaral.

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