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September 25, 2014

Merck to acquire US Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion; Colombian family-owned bank raises $1.26 billion at IPO; and Ikea announces €2 billion expansion in Russia

Merck to acquire US Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion; Colombian family-owned bank raises $1.26 billion at IPO; and Ikea announces €2 billion expansion in Russia

Merck to acquire US Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion 

German pharmaceutical company Merck, 70% owned by the eponymous founding family, has agreed to buy US firm Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion (€13.3 billion) in order to bolster its laboratory supplies business. 

October 29, 2009

The Benetton family, founders of the international clothing group that bears its name, is pulling out of its investment in the Italian communication company Telecom Italia.

The Benetton family, founders of the international clothing group that bears its name, is pulling out of its investment in the Italian communication company Telecom Italia.
 
The family is part of a shareholder consortium, the Telco Group, which owns the Italian company's largest stake with 24.5%. The Benettons were the smallest investors in the group with an 8.4% stake.
 

November 1, 2007

The gender gap in Latin America is still fairly large, but it is becoming increasingly common for a woman to run the family business. Jane Simms looks at the attitude towards working women in Latin America and those who have made it to the top

Jane Simms is a freelance journalist based in the UK.

The gender gap in Latin America is still fairly large, but it is becoming increasingly common for a woman to run the family business. Jane Simms looks at the attitude towards working women in Latin America and those who have made it to the top

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