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The Vanderbilts are one of the oldest and most powerful families in the USA. But it was George, whose love of travel and culture resulted in the architectural gem of Biltmore Estate. Scott McCulloch hears how this rich legacy has spawned growth and diversity

Friedrich Graepel has steadily cornered the market in components for buses, trucks and industry. The secret of its success, argues Frederick Metz Shepperd, is a prudent approach to expansion, a loyalty to its roots and a willingness to seek outside advice

Carlson Companies has all the right numbers for a truly contemporary business, including $26 billion sales, 40% female executives, and one radical chief. Melanie Stern hears how Marilyn Carlson Nelson has created a place where women are captains of industry

An employee buy-out enabled Tullis Russell Group to quadruple productivity and double its turnover. But, as Ken McCracken discovers, the value of ownership can be a lesson hard learned

Tim Watts gave the family business to his staff when he realised he was on the road to becoming a real-life Mr Grace. He tells Melanie Stern about the Pertemps Group’s unique employee-led structure, his thoughts on the UK recruitment industry and what is in store beyond his leadership

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