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August 12, 2021

Molly Heaney, a fifth-generation director of JM Huber, one of the largest privately-owned businesses in the United States, says her family’s set of guiding principles remain the corporation’s “North Star” in its accelerating pace of investments.

Molly Heaney, a fifth-generation director of JM Huber, one of the largest privately-owned businesses in the United States, says her family’s set of guiding principles remain the corporation’s “North Star” in its accelerating pace of investments.

Huber is a portfolio management company and a global leader in hydrocolloids, specialty chemicals and minerals and engineered woods, supplying industries such as agrochemicals, beverages, household products, oral care, paper, energy, plastics and construction.

February 12, 2021

A Canadian next-generation entrepreneur says more families are investing sustainably in forestry to achieve their impact goals and for the long-term inflation-proof returns of timber as an asset in their portfolios.

A Canadian next-generation entrepreneur says more families are investing sustainably in forestry to achieve their impact goals and for the long-term inflation-proof returns of timber as an asset in their portfolios.

Michael Ackerman (pictured), 38, is the president and chief executive of EcoForests Asset Management. His socially responsible boutique forestry investment management company is headquartered in Toronto and operates 45 plantations in Latin America.

November 6, 2020

One of the many effects of Covid-19 has been to accelerate a lot of change that was already underway—the transition to a cashless society, for example—yet, throughout this period there has also been the growing realisation that many other aspects of our lives need updating and digitising. So, it may not be surprising to learn that at Antler, where we enable and invest in early stage startups, we have never been busier.

One of the many effects of Covid-19 has been to accelerate a lot of change that was already underway—the transition to a cashless society, for example—yet, throughout this period there has also been the growing realisation that many other aspects of our lives need updating and digitising. So, it may not be surprising to learn that at Antler, where we enable and invest in early stage startups, we have never been busier.

February 19, 2020

Walmart is disappointed with festive consumer spending and Asda but online sales up 35%, JCB cuts UK production as the coronavirus hits Chinese suppliers, and fifth-generation US newspaper dynasty McClatchy Co files for bankruptcy.

Walmart disappointed with festive consumer spending and Asda but online sales up 35%.

Walmart, the world’s biggest family business with $524 billion in revenue and an economic bellwether, says holiday sales were weaker than anticipated despite online sales jumping 35% in the fiscal year.

July 21, 2014

Norberto Odebrecht, the man who turned his father’s small engineering firm into a construction empire, has died at the age of 93 in his hometown of Salvador, Brazil.

Norberto Odebrecht, the man who turned his father’s small engineering firm into a construction empire, has died at the age of 93 in his hometown of Salvador, Brazil.

The grandson of German immigrants, his eponymous family business Grupo Odebrecht is today Latin America’s largest engineering group, with revenues of R$96.9 billion (€32.2 billion) and operations in 23 countries across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, as well as the Americas.

May 27, 2014

Nassef Sawiris is considering relisting part of OCI, the Netherlands-listed construction and fertiliser company, on the Cairo stock exchange.

Nassef Sawiris is considering relisting part of OCI, the Netherlands-listed construction and fertiliser company, on the Cairo stock exchange.

Sawiris, who is chief executive of OCI, allegedly sent out a number of proposals to local and international banks to test the water for a potential sale, which according to unnamed individuals close to the entrepreneur, could be worth €220 million.

May 13, 2014

Lorenzo Zambrano, the Mexican businessman who turned his family’s cement manufacturer into a multinational company, has died suddenly at the age of 70 in Spain.

Lorenzo Zambrano, the Mexican businessman who turned his family’s cement manufacturer into a multinational company, has died suddenly at the age of 70 in Spain.

According to local media, the fourth-generation chairman and chief executive of Cemex was found by members of staff at his Madrid hotel, after he failed to turn up for a business meeting.

He was not known to be in poor health.

February 5, 2014

Bechtel Corporation, one of the largest family businesses in the US, is to appoint its first non-family chief executive and president, after fourth-geneneration Riley Bechtel announced he was stepping down due to health problems.

Bechtel Corporation, one of the largest family businesses in the US, is to appoint its first non-family chief executive and president, after fourth-geneneration Riley Bechtel announced he was stepping down due to health problems.

January 15, 2014

An investment vehicle backed by the multi-billionaire Rockefeller family has reached a $2.5 billion ($1.8 billion) agreement to construct a residential and holiday resort in Vietnam.

An investment vehicle backed by the multi-billionaire Rockefeller family has reached a $2.5 billion ($1.8 billion) agreement to construct a residential and holiday resort in Vietnam.

Rose Rock Group will partner with fuel company Vung Ro Petroleum to build the project in Vung Ro Bay, in Phu Yen province on the south-central coast of Vietnam.

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