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Italian family businesses

December 18, 2011

Family businesses are the backbone of Italy’s economy but governance seems to be their biggest challenge, with many family firms struggling when it comes to integrating non-family executives.

Family businesses are the backbone of Italy’s economy but governance seems to be their biggest challenge, with many family firms struggling when it comes to integrating non-family executives and expanding the business, according to a leading academic.

Guido Corbetta, professor of family business at Bocconi University, told CampdenFB that companies with concentrated ownership and leadership structures, typically with few family members involved, tend to work best.

July 4, 2011

Arguably, there is no country in the world where the word family means more than in Italy. After all, the Latin word that family is derived from—familia, meaning “family servants, domestics”—originated in Ancient Rome. CampdenFB takes a look at some of the leading Italian family businesses in an interactive graphic.

Arguably, there is no country in the world where the word family means more than in Italy. After all, the Latin word that family is derived from—familia, meaning “family servants, domestics”—originated in Ancient Rome.

March 23, 2011

News that the Italian government is looking to protect local companies against unwanted takeovers is likely to be greeted with relief among family businesses in the country – at least in the immediate future.

News that the Italian government is looking to protect local companies against unwanted takeovers is likely to be greeted with relief among family businesses in the country – at least in the immediate future.

But longer-term pressures on family businesses in Italy won't be resolved by government intervention. Nor for that matter will they be anywhere else in the world.

March 16, 2011

The Manuli family made its first fortune in rubber and industrials, now the second generation are diversifying into spas and hedge funds. Second generation Antonello Manuli tells Campden FB about the transition

Italy is known for its family dynasties; Prada, Fiat and Missoni are just three that initially come to mind. Aside from their obvious business acumen, something which many people associate with these families is glamour.

And despite having made their money in the less than glamorous rubber industry, the Manuli family have proved just as successful and glamorous as many of their more famous contemporaries.

February 23, 2011

Founder and chairman of family-controlled eyewear group Luxottica, Leonardo Del Vecchio, has resigned from the board of insurance firm Assicurazioni Generali due to concerns over the company’s governance, say various reports.

Founder and chairman of family-controlled eyewear group Luxottica, Leonardo Del Vecchio, has resigned from the board of insurance firm Assicurazioni Generali due to concerns over the company’s governance, say various reports.

January 13, 2011

Turin and Wolfsburg might not have much in common at first glance, writes David Bain.

Turin and Wolfsburg might not have much in common at first glance, writes David Bain.
 
For one thing, Wolfsburg is in Germany and has a population of just over 100,000, whereas Turin is in Italy with nearly one million inhabitants. It's probably also fair to say that the temperament of each other's citizens might have little in common.  
 
But there is one thing that unites both of these towns – car making.
 

August 12, 2010

Luigi Lavazza SpA, the Italian coffee manufacturer owned by the founding Lavazza family, announced yesterday it plans to acquire a 7% share in US coffee company Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc for $250 million.

Luigi Lavazza SpA, the Italian coffee manufacturer owned by the founding Lavazza family, announced yesterday it plans to acquire a 7% share in US coffee company Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc for $250 million.

July 27, 2010

Leonardo Del Vecchio might be expected to take that extra special summer holiday after his company announced better-than-expected second quarter results.

Leonardo Del Vecchio might be expected to take that extra special summer holiday after his company announced better-than-expected second quarter results.

Luxottica, the world's biggest eyewear group and 70% owned by Del Vecchio (pictured), recorded a 30% year-on-year rise in net profits in the second quarter of the year to €150 million. Analysts were expecting profits of  €145 million.
 

May 4, 2010

Second-generation CEO Vittorio Missoni tells Claire Adler how the family-run fashion house is riding out the recession in style

Second-generation CEO Vittorio Missoni (pictured) tells Claire Adler how the family-run fashion house is riding out the recession in style.

The supposedly glittering world of high-priced luxury goods has taken a battering of late. Many small and medium companies without the financial and managerial muscle to react to difficult market conditions have sought bankruptcy protection including Christian Lacroix, Escada and Gianfranco Ferre.

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