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June 6, 2012

Brazil’s family business sector is largely composed of small-sized firms – only 15% of the country’s family businesses are large. But this is likely to change as rapid growth, despite a slowdown in 2011, has made Brazil’s economy bigger than the UK’s. CampdenFB takes a look at some of the leading Brazilian family businesses in an interactive graphic.

Brazil’s family business sector is largely composed of small-sized firms – only 15% of the country’s family businesses are large, according to consulting firm DS Consultoria Empresarial e Educacional. But this is likely to change as rapid growth, despite a slowdown in 2011, has made Brazil’s economy bigger than the UK’s. CampdenFB takes a look at some of the leading Brazilian family businesses in an interactive graphic below.

December 1, 2011

Luxottica, the world's largest eyewear group which is 70% controlled by the Del Vecchio family, said it has signed an agreement to acquire Grupo Tecnol, as the Italian family business continues to expand in Latin America.

Luxottica, the world's largest eyewear group which is 70% controlled by the Del Vecchio family, said it has signed an agreement to acquire Grupo Tecnol, as the Italian family business continues to expand in Latin America.

Luxottica, which owns sunglass brands including Ray-Ban and Oakley and makes frames for Chanel, Prada, Burberry and Tiffany’s, said the value of the deal is about €110 million.

October 12, 2011

Brazil’s Grupo Pão de Acúcar, controlled by the Diniz family, has notched up impressive third-quarter revenues for 2011 on the back of the country’s rapidly growing economy.

Brazil’s Grupo Pão de Acúcar, controlled by the Diniz family, has notched up impressive third-quarter revenues for 2011 on the back of the country’s rapidly growing economy.

The supermarket chain, headed by family member Abilio dos Santos Diniz, said in a statement that its net sales rose by 56% to R$11.08 billion (€4.5 billion), while its same-store revenues increased by more than 10% year-on-year.

September 6, 2011

The family behind the world’s largest niobium producer has sold part of its stake to a group of Chinese companies, as the Brazilian group sees growing demand for the rare metal. The Moreira Salles family, which controls Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineracao, has sold 15% of its stake to a consortium of five Chinese companies.

The family behind the world’s largest niobium producer has sold part of its stake to a group of Chinese companies, as the Brazilian group sees growing demand for the rare metal.

The Moreira Salles family, which controls Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineracao, has sold 15% of its stake to a consortium of five Chinese companies.

Following the sale, valued at $1.95 billion (€1.37 billion), the family will retain 70% of CBMM, according to a company statement seen by the Wall Street Journal.

August 19, 2011

The world’s second-largest sugar trader Bunge Limited, controlled by descendants of three different families, plans to invest $2.5 billion in Brazil to boost its existing business in the rapidly growing economy.

The world’s second-largest sugar trader Bunge Limited, controlled by descendants of three different families, plans to invest $2.5 billion in Brazil to boost its existing business in the rapidly growing economy.

The New York-based company said in a statement that it plans to invest the money in eight of its existing mills in the South American country over the next five years. According to the group, the additional financial support will increase the company’s sugar-crushing capacity by 50% to 30 million tonnes of cane a year.

August 15, 2011

The Walton family’s Walmart is reportedly looking at the possibility of expanding its operations in Brazil, after saying last year it was disappointed with its results in the South American country.

The Walton family’s Walmart is reportedly looking at the possibility of expanding its operations in Brazil, after saying last year it was disappointed with its results in the South American country.

According to the Financial Times, the US retail giant, which is due to report its earnings tomorrow, has hired UBS to examine a potential bid for Carrefour’s Brazilian operations, despite the French company claiming the business is not up for sale.

August 10, 2011

Australia’s family-controlled shopping centre chain Westfield has acquired a 50% stake in a Brazilian family-owned company, as part of its move to enter fast growing emerging markets.

Australia’s family-controlled shopping centre chain Westfield has acquired a 50% stake in a Brazilian family-owned company, as part of its move to enter fast growing emerging markets.

Westfield, the world’s biggest shopping centre chain controlled by the Lowy family, said on 10 August that it has become joint owner of Almeida Junior Shopping Centre, owned by founder Jaimes Almeida Junior and his family.

March 22, 2011

Brazilian steelmaker Gerdau, controlled by descendants of the founding family, announced on 21 March that it plans to sell shares worth around $2.5 billion to fund its investment plans for the "next few years".

Brazilian steelmaker Gerdau, controlled by descendants of the founding family, announced on 21 March that it plans to sell shares worth around $2.5 billion to fund its investment plans for the "next few years".

The biggest steel company in Latin America said that it will raise money for investment through a primary and a secondary offering of both voting and non-voting shares. The sale, scheduled to happen on 23 March, will see around 70 million voting new shares and over 200 million non-voting shares put up for sale.

March 10, 2011

Sports carmaker Ferrari, 90% controlled by the Agnelli family's Fiat, has announced it will begin selling its cars in India following an agreement with India's luxury retail company, the Shreyans Group.

Sports carmaker Ferrari, 90% controlled by the Agnelli family's Fiat, has announced it will begin selling its cars in India following an agreement with India's luxury retail company, the Shreyans Group.

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