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March 9, 2016

Doosan Group, the oldest business in Korea, has broken new ground as the first chaebol to be led by a fourth-generation heir.

Doosan Group, the oldest business in Korea, has broken new ground as the first chaebol to be led by a fourth-generation heir.

According to a company statement, Doosan chairman Park Yong-maan announced his retirement at a board meeting last week and recommended that his nephew, Park Jeong-won, take on the role.

October 9, 2015

Schaeffler finally lists on stock exchange following delays due to VW scandal; Lotte family feud goes to court; Lundin tries to woo investors on merger.

Schaeffler debuts on stock market following delays

Family-owned car parts company Schaeffler saw its shares rise 8% on its market debut on Friday.

The German family business delayed the IPO one week due to the emissions scandal at Volkswagen, which accounts for more than 10% of group sales.

The company had also scaled back the size of the IPO, raising €938 million in the listing where it had initially planned to raise €2.5 billion.

February 17, 2015

A third-gen of South Korean conglomerate LG Group appears to have cracked the glass ceiling at her family’s business, becoming the first female family member appointed to top management.

A third-gen of South Korean conglomerate LG Group appears to have cracked the glass ceiling at her family’s business, becoming the first female family member appointed to top management.

Koo Ji-eun, who is also a next gen of the Samsung empire through her mother’s side, was appointed vice president of LG Group's catering subsidiary Ourhome this month, 11 years after she joined the company.

Koo is the daughter of Ourhome chairman Koo Cha-hak, and her uncles are LG Group chairman Koo Bon-moo and vice-chairman Koo Bon-joon.

February 17, 2015

South Korean politicians are considering new legislation aimed at controlling abuses of power and misconduct in family-run conglomerates, and is being nicknamed after Heather Cho, the Korean Airlines next gen whose inflight tantrum in December last year captured international headlines.

South Korean politicians are considering new legislation aimed at controlling abuses of power and misconduct in family-run conglomerates, and is being nicknamed after Heather Cho, the Korean Airlines next gen whose inflight tantrum in December last year captured international headlines.

January 23, 2015

2014 was a lively year for family businesses, from Abigail Johnson’s succession at Fidelity, to the Market Basket ownership struggle and of course Korean Air’s infamous ‘nut rage’ incident. Here we take a look at some of the issues we think will remain top-of-mind for 2015 and the family businesses to watch.

2014 was a lively year for family businesses, from Abigail Johnson’s succession at Fidelity, to the Market Basket ownership struggle and of course Korean Air’s infamous ‘nut rage’ incident. Here we take a look at some of the issues we think will remain top-of-mind for 2015 and the family businesses to watch.

1: Shareholder revolts

January 19, 2015

Shin Dong-joo, the eldest son of Lotte Group founder Shin Kyuk-ho, has been ousted from his position as vice chairman at Lotte Holdings, after disobeying his father and increasing his stakes in a subsidiary of the Korean conglomerate.

Shin Dong-joo, the eldest son of Lotte Group founder Shin Kyuk-ho, has been ousted from his position as vice chairman at Lotte Holdings, after disobeying his father and increasing his stakes in a subsidiary of the Korean conglomerate.

According to a company statement, the decision was made during a shareholders’ meeting last Thursday and puts Shin Dong-bin, the younger son of the group’s founder, in line to succeed control of the conglomerate.

December 10, 2014

The third-gen vice president of Korean Air has resigned after she delayed one of its flights because an air steward served her macadamia nuts in a bag, rather than on a plate.

The third-gen vice president of Korean Air has resigned after she delayed one of its flights because an air steward served her macadamia nuts in a bag, rather than on a plate.

Heather Cho, 40, is the eldest daughter of Cho Yang Ho, who is chairman of the airline, and its parent company Hanjin Group.

In a flight from New York on 5 December, Cho berated a junior steward for the way he had presented the nuts, and insisted the plane taxi back the terminal so he could be removed from the flight.

November 27, 2014

Samsung announced $2 billion share buyback scheme; African family business secures stake in new Coca-Cola operation; and Dalian Wanda seek approval for $6 billion IPO. 

Samsung announced $2 billion share buyback scheme

Family-owned chaebol Samsung has announced a $2 billion share buyback plan following calls from investors to improve returns.

The largest smartphone maker in the world said it would buy back 1.65 million common shares and 250,000 preferred shares – the second-largest buyback in the firm’s history, according to Reuters.

June 9, 2014

Succession at Samsung – South Korea’s largest family-owned conglomerate – could prove costly for the third generation, with analyst estimates putting the potential inheritance tax bill at almost €5 billion.

Succession at Samsung – South Korea’s largest family-owned conglomerate – could prove costly for the third generation, with analyst estimates putting the potential inheritance tax bill at almost €5 billion.

Analysts have been speculating about the future of the company following the hospitalisation of second-generation chairman Lee Kun-hee last month after a heart attack.

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