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November 25, 2009

Royston, Campden FB’s regular cartoonist, has been documenting the family business world and the issues that the magazine has covered since January 2007, writes Marc Smith.

Royston, Campden FB's regular cartoonist, has been documenting the family business world and the issues that the magazine has covered since January 2007, writes Marc Smith. 

November 19, 2009

This year has seen the passing of some of the brightest and best known in the family business world. www.campdenFB.com pays tribute to those who have died and celebrates their careers, their businesses and their legacies.

This year has seen the passing of some of the brightest and best known in the family business world. www.campdenFB.com pays tribute to those who have died and celebrates their careers, their businesses and their legacies.

   

However, this year's list also contains two tragic reminders of the personal impact of the severe economic difficulties.

November 12, 2009

A new study by an influential business school challenges the perception that, in Spain at least, the biggest and most successful companies cannot be owned or controlled by families, writes Rodrigo Amaral

A new study by an influential business school challenges the perception that, in Spain at least, the biggest and most successful companies cannot be owned or controlled by families. Indeed, the main conclusions of Empresa Familiar: Ni Tan Pequeña, Ni Tan Joven (The Family Company: Neither Too Small Nor Too Young) are that there are more large, family-owned companies than not and, on average, they tend to last longer than companies with different kinds of ownership.

October 29, 2009

As we approach the halfway point of the search to find www.campdenFB.com's Family Business Leader of the Year 2009, Ronald and Leonard Lauder have taken a decisive lead in the poll, writes Marc Smith

As we approach the halfway point of the search to find 2009's Family Business Leader of the Year, Ronald and Leonard Lauder have taken a decisive lead in the poll. The two sons of beauty queen Estee have impressed voters with the way they handled a succession process that saw a non-family CEO installed but the family retain ownership.

October 22, 2009

The Pritzker family first announced its intention to take Hyatt hotels public in August. However, some amendments to the IPO filing made last week have provoked debate about the control the family wields over the business, writes Katie Barker

The Pritzker family first announced its intention to take Hyatt hotels public in August. However, some amendments to the IPO filing made last week have provoked debate about the control the family wields over the business, writes Katie Barker

One specific amendment, which has attracted much publicity, lists family disagreements as a potential risk to those considering buying shares in Hyatt.

October 15, 2009

Blame the parents is an all too familiar refrain if next generation members run into problems when working for the family business, but in the case of India’s Ambani brothers they may just have a valid point, writes Katie Barker

Blame the parents is an all too familiar refrain if next generation members run into problems when working for the family business, but in the case of India's Ambani brothers they may just have a valid point, writes Katie Barker

In the ultimate sibling rivalry showdown, Anil and Mukesh Ambani go head to head in court next week to finally settle a feud that has been simmering away since they split their father's company in 2005.

October 8, 2009

Last week saw the Family Business Network hold its 20th annual conference in Amsterdam. Despite the many talking points from conferences over the last 20 years, the focus of this summit was very much the future, writes Katie Barker

Last week saw the Family Business Network hold its 20th annual conference in Amsterdam. Despite the many talking points from conferences over the last 20 years, the focus of this summit was very much the future. 

October 1, 2009

This year has seen a series of shocks and surprises rock the family business world; two famous retail names – 77-year-old US-based Bashas’ and 128-year-old Germany-based Arcandor filed for insolvency – while the former chairman of Samsung was convicted of a family succession scam and the Middle East was shaken by the governance problems of the Saad Group and AHAB.

This year has seen a series of shocks and surprises rock the family business world; two famous retail names – 77-year-old US-based Bashas' and 128-year-old Germany-based Arcandor filed for insolvency – while the former chairman of Samsung was convicted of a family succession scam and the Middle East was shaken by the governance problems of the Saad Group and AHAB.

September 24, 2009

As the end of the recession draws nearer and family businesses attempt to assess how they fared, www.campdenFB.com talks exclusively to Roger Pedder, head of the evaluation committee for the Coutts Prize for Family Business, about why he believes the family business model is so strong, the virtues of following an ethical code and the importance of continuity in business success.

"I think you will find, come the end of the recession, that family businesses prospered rather better than many public companies," says Roger Pedder, former head of C&J Clark Ltd (Clarks shoes) and head of the evaluation committee of the Coutts Prize for Family Business.

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