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May 27, 2019

Family offices are standing on the precipice of a multi-trillion dollar transfer of wealth between generations, yet succession planning among family offices is moving at a glacial pace. What are the barriers to planning? And what should families be doing now?

The cautionary tale of India’s Ambani family should be enough to scare any patriarch or matriarch into succession action. The sudden death of Reliance founder Dhirubhai Ambani, aged 69, in 2002 sparked an acrimonious battle between his two billionaire sons, Mukesh and Anil, leading to the brothers splitting up the family business in a deal mediated by their mother. Today relations are civil, but the businesses they inherited have had very different outcomes.

December 19, 2018

Indian authorities reject Ambani sibling spectrum deal, Lego launches new sets for stressed adults, FRC launches corporate governance code for private companies.

Indian authorities reject Ambani sibling spectrum deal

The future of telecommunications operator Reliance Communications (RCom), owned by billionaire tycoon Anil Ambani (pictured), has been thrown into confusion after Indian authorities refused to approve a spectrum sale deal to Reliance Jio (Jio), the company owned by Anil’s brother Mukesh Ambani.

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) told RCom it could not sell its spectrum to rival Jio as the proposed deal did not conform to its guidelines.

January 22, 2016

Henkel names new CEO; Reliance issues share to battle Bharti; Family businesses top Edelman trust poll 

Henkel names Hans Van Bylen as new CEO
Hans Van Bylen is to take over at German consumer goods maker Henkel after its incumbent chief executive Kasper Rorsted left to become the new CEO of Adidas.

Van Bylen, Henkel’s former head of the beauty care business, joined the family-controlled firm in 1984 and has been a member of the management board since 2005.

August 7, 2015

Illy Caffé sells €70 million bond to increase market share; Cemex completes $15 billion refinancing of bank debt; and Bharti Airtel beats Reliance Industries to 4G launch

Illy Caffé sells €70 million bond to increase market share

Italian coffee company Illy Caffé has sold a €70 million ($76 million) bond in order to increase market share in the premium hospitality sector.

The move will help Illy keep up with its larger Italian rival Lavazza, and comes amid a period of consolidation in the coffee industry, which is estimated to be worth $80 billion.

February 23, 2015

One of India’s greatest entrepreneurial success stories, the Ambanis, are also one of its most infamous dynasties, owing to a long-running public feud which broke out between the late patriarch’s sons.

October 13, 2014

India’s largest privately held company is introducing the third generation into the fold, with twins Isha and Akash Ambani joining the board of two of Reliance Industries’ subsidiaries.

India’s largest privately held company is introducing the third generation into the fold, with twins Isha and Akash Ambani joining the board of two of Reliance Industries’ subsidiaries.

Their father Mukesh Ambani is chief executive of the family-controlled business, which had revenues of $75 billion (€59 billion) in the last financial year.

The 23-year-old twins will each become directors of Reliance Jio Infocomm and Reliance Retail Ventures.

March 5, 2012

Carlos Slim, who controls Mexican conglomerate Grupo Carso, is the richest person in the world, with a fortune of about $68.5 billion (€51.9 billion). 

Carlos Slim, who controls Mexican conglomerate Grupo Carso, is the richest person in the world, with a fortune of about $68.5 billion (€51.9 billion).

November 3, 2011

The ongoing feud between India's Ambani brothers may be coming to an end, as Mukesh and Anil are reportedly discussing a cooperation agreement in the telecommunications sector, raising speculations that they may reunite the family business founded by their late father Dhirubhai Ambani.

The ongoing feud between India's Ambani brothers may be coming to an end, as Mukesh and Anil are reportedly discussing a cooperation agreement in the telecommunications sector, raising speculations that they may reunite the family business founded by their late father Dhirubhai Ambani.

October 27, 2011

Indian conglomerate Godrej is one of the fastest growing companies in the world. David Bain talks to its chairman about the family aspect of running the business – and why it’s growing so quickly.

Indian conglomerate Godrej is one of the fastest growing companies in the world. David Bain talks to its chairman about the family aspect of running the business—and why it’s growing so quickly.

Paul Polman, the boss of the huge consumer products company Unilever, makes regular visits to India. In fact, since he became chief executive in 2008, he’s been there at least five times.

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