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Family portrait: Carlson

The family behind global hospitality and travel company Carlson Companies own some of the world's most recognisable brands, including hotel chains Radisson Blu and Country Inns & Suites. But it was in 1938 that the family founded their progenitor business, the Gold Bond Stamp Company, which pioneered consumer loyalty programmes based on trading stamps. Today, Carlson Companies is one of the largest family-held corporations in the US with revenues of $4.4 billion (€3.4 billion).

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