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February 24, 2010

David Simon doesn’t mince his words. When rival company General Growth Properties rebuffed his $10 billion offer to buy the business out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, Simon penned a sharply worded letter to Adam Metz, his counterpart as chief executive, writes Darrell Delamaide

David Simon doesn't mince his words. When rival company General Growth Properties rebuffed his $10 billion offer to buy the business out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, Simon penned a sharply worded letter to Adam Metz, his counterpart as chief executive, writes Darrell Delamaide.

February 17, 2010

Rothschild might have broken with tradition by appointing a non-family CEO for the first time in its history, but the new chief has several factors in his favour as he takes the helm of one of the world’s leading investment banks, writes Paul Golden

Few businesses can hold a candle to Rothschild when it comes to keeping it in the family, writes Paul Golden.

Since the five sons of Mayer Amschel Rothschild started to build their businesses in Frankfurt, London, Paris, Vienna and Naples, successive generations have contributed to a business that has become as synonymous with family as almost any other.

February 10, 2010

When Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a member of the Saudi Arabian royal family, publicly backed James Murdoch to succeed his father at News Corp’s helm last month, it once again sparked a flurry of media coverage. But who are going to be the most influential next gens?

When Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a member of the Saudi Arabian royal family, publicly backed James Murdoch to succeed his father at News Corp's helm last month, it once again sparked a flurry of media coverage. But who are going to be the most influential next gens?

February 3, 2010

Bill Wrigley Jr made a big decision for his company and his shareholders when he agreed in 2008 to sell the family firm to Mars Inc, another family-owned company, for $23 billion, writes Darrell Delamaide

Bill Wrigley Jr made a big decision for his company and his shareholders when he agreed in 2008 to sell the family firm to Mars Inc, another family-owned company, for $23 billion, writes Darrell Delamaide.

January 27, 2010

Germany has found a new way to celebrate its “Mittelstand” – its tradition of largely family-owned, not-so-small companies – and take a swipe at “casino capitalism” at the same time, writes Darrell Delamaide

Germany has found a new way to celebrate its "Mittelstand" – its tradition of largely family-owned, not-so-small companies – and take a swipe at "casino capitalism" at the same time.

Handelsblatt, the flagship newspaper of the family-owned Holtzbrinck publishing group, last week celebrated its second annual induction into the family business Hall of Fame, naming banker Friedrich von Metzler and industrialist Heinrich Weiss to a virtual pantheon of German family entrepreneurs.

January 20, 2010

As two of the English Premier League’s top clubs battled for bragging rights last night in the Manchester derby, the clash also saw two of the biggest families in the Premier League go head-to-head, writes Paul Golden

As two of the English Premier League's top clubs battled for bragging rights last night in the Manchester derby, the clash also saw two of the biggest families in the Premier League go head-to-head. The Glazier family, owners of Manchester United, and Abu Dhabi's ruling family, who own Manchester City, have both been making headlines in the past week for the levels of debt at their respective clubs, begging the question is it the beginning of the end for family investment in sports teams?

January 13, 2010

Jamnalal Bajaj, founder of The Bajaj Group, was a close confidant and disciple of Mahatma Gandhi. The family is known for the major contributions it made during India’s independence movement as well as industrialisation. Unfortunately, the family is also known for infighting over ownership and control of different businesses, writes Kavil Ramachandran

Jamnalal Bajaj, founder of The Bajaj Group, was a close confidant and disciple of Mahatma Gandhi. The family is known for the major contributions it made during India's independence movement as well as industrialisation. Unfortunately, the family is also known for infighting over ownership and control of different businesses.

The latest spat arose when fifth-generation managing director Rajiv Bajaj announced that the company would discontinue the production of their famous scooters from 2010.

January 8, 2010

The new year provides the perfect occasion for family businesses around the world to assess their 2009 performance, attempt to learn the lessons of the recession and work out how best to seize the opportunities 2010 presents. It is also the time for www.campdenFB.com to review the outgoing year and look forward to the possibilities of 2010, writes Katie Barker

The new year provides the perfect occasion for family businesses around the world to assess their 2009 performance, attempt to learn the lessons of the recession and work out how best to seize the opportunities 2010 presents. It is also the time for www.campdenFB.com to review the outgoing year and look forward to the possibilities of 2010, writes Katie Barker

December 16, 2009

Brian Roberts completed his first triathlon this year. The event that challenges participants to compete in swimming, running and cycling should be a good preparation for the 50-year-old Comcast chief executive as his cable company takes over the television and movie operations of NBC Universal.

Brian Roberts completed his first triathlon this year. The event that challenges participants to compete in swimming, running and cycling should be a good preparation for the 50-year-old Comcast chief executive as his cable company takes over the television and movie operations of NBC Universal.

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