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March 12, 2021

French heir and MP Olivier Dassault dies in helicopter crash, ‘Shared family values’ as Agnelli family buys foothold in Christian Louboutin, Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Agriculture goes to market with beef portfolio.

French heir and MP Olivier Dassault dies in helicopter crash

The sudden death of Olivier Dassault, billionaire heir to the French aerospace and software family business and politician, is “a great loss”, President Emmanuel Macron said in tribute.

February 28, 2021

Illycaffe brews non-family investment for US push, Melia Hotels ready for travel trade recovery after Covid-19 losses, Covid-19 rebound ‘the right moment’ for ArcelorMittal succession.

Illycaffe brews non-family investment for US push

The Illy family has sold a stake in its $629 million Italian premium coffee company Illycaffe for the first time in its 88-year history and says it is open to floating the family business on the stock market.

January 29, 2021

Family distanced in revamped Ferragamo board amid slumping revenues, Rupert Murdoch ‘far from done’ at News Corp and warns of woke censorship, Crisis strategy helps H&M recover from lockdowns.

Family distanced in revamped Ferragamo board amid slumping revenues

The Ferragamo family is expected to streamline the management board of its luxury goods brand as it attempts to rally from the coronavirus impact on its global revenues.

January 22, 2021

Agnelli heir John Elkann in the driving seat of Stellantis, Samsung heir Lee Jae Yong sentenced to prison, Benjamin de Rothschild dies aged 57.

Agnelli heir John Elkann in the driving seat of Stellantis

John Elkann, scion of Italy’s Agnelli dynasty, says the new $51 billion Fiat-Chrysler-PSA mega-merger he masterminded will meet the world’s needs in sustainable mobility.

December 21, 2020

The author of a new book on international attitudes to the rich warns the wealthy are already being called on to pay for the coronavirus pandemic and are a minority in danger of being scapegoated.

The author of a new book on international attitudes to the rich warns the wealthy are already being called on to pay for the coronavirus pandemic and are a minority in danger of being scapegoated.

November 16, 2020

The 30th generation winemaker Marchese Lamberto Frescobaldi was raised on the stories of his eminent ancestors who have produced wine in Tuscany since the beginning of the 14th century. They were explorers, musicians, scholars, bankers and politicians, trading with European courts and supplying wine to royalty and the papacy, as the family archive reveals in documents dating back to the 1200s.

The 30th generation winemaker Marchese Lamberto Frescobaldi was raised on the stories of his eminent ancestors who have produced wine in Tuscany since the beginning of the 14th century. They were explorers, musicians, scholars, bankers and politicians, trading with European courts and supplying wine to royalty and the papacy, as the family archive reveals in documents dating back to the 1200s.

October 9, 2020

James Dyson says entrepreneurialism and wealth creation will help Covid-19 economic recovery, Ferrero family takes the biscuit at Fox’s as acquisition spree continues, Henkel charts modest fourth quarter recovery without lockdowns.

James Dyson says entrepreneurialism and wealth creation will help Covid-19 economic recovery

Family business founder Sir James Dyson says entrepreneurialism and wealth creation should be encouraged to recover the economy from Covid-19 as he announced his Dyson Institute will be permitted to award its own degrees for the first time.

June 5, 2020

Fifth-generation Robert Buchbauer heads a streamlined Swarovski, youngest LVMH scion Frederic Arnault to lead Tag Heuer to recovery, next gen James Ferragamo steps aside for trusted adviser as Ferragamo faces the post-Covid-19 future.

Fifth-generation Robert Buchbauer heads a streamlined Swarovski

Robert Buchbauer, the great-great grandson of founder Daniel Swarovski, is the new chief executive of the Austrian jewellery family business amid a management overhaul at the top.

Buchbauer kept his title as chairman of the company’s executive board, the panel of eight fifth-generation family members which runs the 125-year-old manufacturer of fine crystal jewellery, and has been a member since 2002.

February 14, 2020

Inditex pumps $9.2 million into social welfare; Benetton fires photographer over bridge remark; Frederick Koch, US philanthropist, dies aged 86.

Ortego-owned Inditex pumps $9.2 million into social welfare

The Ortega family-owned Spanish fashion giant Inditex, best known for its high street retail chain Zara, will give €8.5 million ($9.2 million) to the Catholic Church’s charitable organisation Caritas Spain for social employment and circular economy efforts.

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