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July 12, 2021

We have been talking of inflation for well over a decade—which is not the same thing as calling its timing. An impasse was created by the failure of the economy to grow after the 2008 crisis—all the risks (as we patiently explained) were deflationary, and in vain did the central banks and governments try to force an inflationary impulse into a sluggish world. Their primary weapon? An invention, deployed on a grand scale—quantitative easing (QE to its friends).

I am writing this just before a US inflation report which, to quote Bloomberg, “May provide clues on the monetary-policy outlook; S&P futures were little changed, as were European stocks [awaiting] the next policy statement from the European Central Bank…”

July 8, 2021

Aponte family expands its Mediterranean Shipping Company to rival Maersk, EssilorLuxottica proceeds with $8.7 billion stake in GrandVision after tribunal, Albert music publishing dynasty ventures into impact investing.

Aponte family expands its Mediterranean Shipping Company to rival Maersk

The Aponte family’s Mediterranean Shipping Company has re-energised its efforts to become the world’s largest container line by attempting to overtake rival family-controlled conglomerate AP Moller-Maersk.

September 21, 2020

The next generation of family business leaders say they first learned of the extent of their family wealth on average aged 31 and two-thirds feel this was about the right time, but when, how and even if that education takes place is highly debatable.

The next generation of family business leaders say they first learned of the extent of their family wealth on average aged 31 and two-thirds feel this was about the right time, but when, how and even if that education takes place is highly debatable.

February 21, 2019

Millennials in the board room are best placed to embrace the digital revolution at their legacy family businesses, a family business expert says.

Millennials in the board room are best placed to embrace the digital revolution at their legacy family businesses, a family business expert says.

The world’s far-reaching technological shift was a factor in the break-up of the 115-year-old Danish family-owned business Maersk, according to Professor Philippe Pelé-Clamour (pictured), HEC Paris adjunct professor specialised in executive education.

February 8, 2018

Maersk charts blockchain future; Samsung heir’s release may boost economy; ads to help correct ‘misperceptions’ of Koch Industries

Maersk charts blockchain future

AP Moller—Maersk has entered into a joint venture with IBM and logistics company Agility, which aims to use blockchain technology to make the companies’ supply chains more efficient and secure.

Maersk, controlled by the eponymous family via AP Moller Holding A/S, wants to create a trade platform using distributed ledger technology, which establishes a shared, set-in-stone record of transactions. It also allows those within a particular network to access the data minutes after transactions take place.

July 3, 2013

Israeli shipping magnate Eyal Ofer has made quite a splash in the London art scene, announcing a huge donation to the UK's most visited gallery.

Israeli shipping magnate Eyal Ofer has made a splash in the London art scene, announcing a huge donation to the UK's most visited gallery.

Through the Eyal Ofer Family Foundation, Ofer – who with his younger brother Idan controls the Herzliya-based Ofer Brothers Group – donated £10 million (€11.8 million) towards the extension of the Tate Modern.

May 31, 2013

Greek authorities are reportedly examining the legality of the sale of Skorpios Island, the private retreat of late shipping owner Aristotle Onassis, amid claims it contravenes the wishes outlined in his will.

Greek authorities are reportedly examining the legality of the sale of Skorpios Island, the private retreat of late shipping owner Aristotle Onassis, amid claims it contravenes the wishes outlined in his will.

November 20, 2012

Danish family business AP Moeller-Maersk’s plans to reduce investment in its flagship container shipping division is simply part of its goal to “create a more balanced group”.

Danish family business AP Moeller-Maersk’s plans to reduce investment in its flagship container shipping division is simply part of its goal to “create a more balanced group”.

That’s according to a spokesman for the conglomerate, who was commenting on the back of a statement by the company’s non-family chief, Nils Andersen, that Maersk will move away from “the shipping side of things”.

September 14, 2011

Israel’s Ofer family has expressed relief after US authorities removed family business Ofer Holdings Group from a list of targeted companies.

Israel’s Ofer family has expressed relief after US authorities removed family business Ofer Holdings Group from a list of targeted companies.

A statement issued by the US state department on 14 September said it will withdraw sanctions against the family-owned industrial conglomerate, which had been accused of alleged trading with Iran.

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