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September 5, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, tributes are paid to Cyrus Mistry; Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky’s Royal Mail stake is under a national security review; and MacKenzie Scott donates $44 million to a mentoring organisation.

Tributes paid to billionaire ex-chairman of Tata Sons, Cyrus Mistry
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has led tributes to business leader Cyrus Mistry, who has died in a car accident in western India. The Indian-born Irish businessman and former chairman of Indian conglomerate Tata Sons was 54.

“The untimely demise of Shri Cyrus Mistry is shocking,” said Modi on Twitter. “He was a promising business leader who believed in India’s economic prowess. His passing away is a big loss to the world of commerce and industry.”

August 31, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, the billionaire Issa brothers purchase Co-op’s petrol stations; Hans and Julia Rausing donate to save historic ‘Harry Potter’ cloister; and hedge fund billionaire and philanthropist Julian Robertson passes away at the age of 90.

Billionaire Issa brothers purchase Co-op’s petrol stations for up to £600 million
Mohsin and Zuber Issa, the billionaire brothers who own a majority stakeholder in UK supermarket giant Asda, have agreed to buy the Co-op group’s petrol stations in a deal worth up to £600 million.

The British-Indian siblings, who made their fortune co-founding the Euro Garages chain of petrol filling stations, saw off a number of rival bids to finalise the deal.

August 25, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, Patrick Drahi is cleared to retain his 18% stake in BT; Brazilian orange juice billionaire José Luis Cutrale passes away aged 75; and Zimbabwean billionaire Strive Masiyiwa acquires an Israeli tech firm for $60 million.

Patrick Drahi cleared to retain his 18% stake in BT
Following an investigation under the new National Security and Investment Act, Kwasi Kwarteng, England's Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has announced that he will now not be blocking French-Israeli billionaire Patrick Drahi from increasing his stake in telecommunications giant BT.

August 22, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, Sir Jim Ratcliffe shows interest in buying Manchester United; the Harris family finalise a £300 million Butlins deal; and tributes are paid to veteran investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe interested in buying Manchester United football club
Lifelong Manchester United fan Sir Jim Ratcliffe is said to be interested in buying the Premier League team following reports that its current owners, the Glazer family, may be considering selling a minority stake in the club.

The British billionaire, who has a net worth of $7.18 billion, is the current chairman and chief executive of chemical company Ineos and owns cycling team Ineos Grenadiers, French Ligue 1 football team Nice and Swiss club FC Lausanne-Sport.

August 1, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, Bernie Ecclestone's daughter offers a $7.2 million reward for stolen jewellery; tech tycoon Jack Ma plans to transfer control of the fintech giant Ant Group; and Yang Huiyan, Asia's richest woman, loses half her wealth in China's property crisis.

Bernie Ecclestone's daughter offering $7.2 million reward for stolen jewellery
Tamara Ecclestone, the daughter of British billionaire and ex-Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone, has made a public offer of up to $7.2 million for information leading to the recovery of jewellery worth more than $31 million.

July 25, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, Shipping billionaire Rodolphe Saade opposes a French windfall tax plan; Zara founder Amancio Ortega buys a luxury New York apartment building for $500 million; and ancient artifacts seized from US billionaire Michael Steinhardt are returned to Italy.

Shipping billionaire Rodolphe Saade opposes French windfall tax plan
Rodolphe Saade, the billionaire head of multi-generational family-owned shipping giant CMA CGM SA, has vocally opposed a plan by French lawmakers to impose a windfall tax on corporate profits to moderate the impact of inflation.

CMA CGM SA, the world’s third-largest container carrier, has seen its profits rise dramatically following strong global demand for consumer goods resulting in shipping rates being raised more than ten-fold during the Covid-19 pandemic.

July 19, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, Teddy Sagi launches a £1.5 billion sale of London’s Camden Market; Bill Gates vows to drop off the world's richest list; and Zimbabwe’s richest man Strive Masiyiwa is raising $500 million for his digital business expansion.

Teddy Sagi launches £1.5 billion sale of London’s Camden Market
Israeli billionaire Teddy Sagi has initiated a discreet sale of London’s Camden Market, hoping to gather bids of more than £1.5 billion for the area famed for its stalls, bars and eateries.  

According to The Financial Times, Sagi has appointed financial adviser Rothschild & Co to deal with the sale.

July 11, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, Rihanna becomes the youngest self-made female billionaire; Naguib Sawiris considers the sale of Italy’s largest internet services firm; and Nicky Oppenheimer wins a reprieve on a mining proposal on his family farm.

Rihanna becomes youngest-ever woman billionaire
Barbadian singer, actress, fashion designer and businesswoman Rihanna has become the youngest self-made female US-based billionaire with a net worth of $1.4 billion.

From an impoverished background to superstardom, the majority of Rihanna’s wealth comes from fashion and beauty brands Fenty Beauty, Fenty Skin and Savage X Fenty.

June 27, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, EssilorLuxottica chairman Leonardo Del Vecchio passes away aged 87; Barry Hearn and son are set to receive a £150 million windfall from Matchroom Sport stake sale; and Henry Cheng's family office bids for control of clothing retailer Giordano.

EssilorLuxottica chairman Leonardo Del Vecchio passes away aged 87
Leonardo Del Vecchio, the chairman of spectacles maker EssilorLuxottica and owner of iconic sunglasses brand Ray-Ban, has died aged 87.

“EssilorLuxottica sadly announces today that its chairman has passed away,” the group said in a statement, adding that the board would meet soon to “Determine the next steps”.

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