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November 23, 2020

The next generation principal of the office park developer GAR Corporation expects India will recover economically in 2021, but is unconvinced remote working will become a permanent fixture.

The next generation principal of the office park developer GAR Corporation expects India will recover economically in 2021, but is unconvinced remote working will become a permanent fixture.

November 2, 2020

Due Jensen family heir named new chief executive of Grundfos, Lee Kun-hee leaves legacy of Samsung success but succession chaos, Warburtons shares pandemic dough with staff.

Due Jensen family heir named new chief executive of Grundfos

The Due Jensen family of Denmark has returned to helm their industrial giant Grundfos for the first time in almost two decades with the succession of next-generation heir Poul Due Jensen.

October 3, 2020

Walton family’s Walmart sells Asda to British billionaire brothers, Persson family’s H&M closes 250 stores and ramps up online investment, Lotte Group prepares for the hands-free “untact” future today.

Walton family’s Walmart sells Asda to British billionaire brothers

Walmart, the world’s largest family business, has sold most of its ownership of the Asda supermarket chain in the UK after 21 years to a fledgling British family business owned by the billionaire Issa brothers for £6.8 billion ($8.7 billion).

January 24, 2020

Ferrero family’s $714 million Nestle sweet tooth, succession battle fears after Lotte Group founder’s death, and William Grant and Sons toast whisky sales growth and investments.

Ferrero family’s $714 million Nestle sweet tooth

The Ferrero family is poised to enjoy the cream off the top of its $2.8 billion cash buy-out of Nestle’s US confectionery business and its $1.8 billion deal for Kellogg Co’s cookies and fruit snack brands with a $714 million (€642 million) dividend.

November 27, 2019

The Lego Group is building its connections with adult consumers by buying an online fan platform from the family office of a South Korean tech entrepreneur.

The Lego Group is building its connections with adult consumers by buying an online fan platform from the family office of a South Korean tech entrepreneur.

August 31, 2018

Dyson to build $260 electric car test site, South Korea’s regulators slap new rules on family-run chaebols, Power unit sale helps lift Reliance debt burden.

Dyson unveils $260 million test track for electric vehicles

A year after announcing it would join the electric car race, UK technology firm Dyson has revealed its plans to convert a former airfield in Southern England into a 17km test track and extensive electric vehicle (EV) testing centre.

Dyson, headed by the dynamic UK inventor Sir James Dyson (pictured), bought Hullavington Airfield, Wiltshire several years ago and plans to spend up to £200 million ($260 million) converting it into a EV testing centre.

May 23, 2018

LG Group chairman dies, prominent Swedish families back ‘creative Davos’, LVMH-backed funds buys into Indian retailer

Transformational LG Group chairman Koo Bon-moo dies 

The influential chairman of South Korea’s LG Group, who helped transform the company into a technology heavyweight, has passed away after a battle with brain disease.

Third-generation leader Koo Bon-moo, 73, had been ill for a year, LG said in a statement, and had refused life support.

September 15, 2017

Lotte to sell stores over Chinese missile defence sanctions; youngest-ever chief financial officer steps up at Kraft Heinz; and NZ philanthropist and businessman dies.

Lotte to sell stores over Chinese missile defence sanctions

South Korean chaebol Lotte is to start selling its Chinese supermarkets, after Beijing hit it with unofficial sanctions related to the nuclear arms tensions on the Korean peninsula.

September 1, 2017

Jailing of Samsung heir a message to chaebol, Ford self-drive cars to deliver pizza, and Father-son team launch new bank.

Jailing of Samsung heir a message to chaebol

The jailing of Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong for five years has fuelled public conversation in South Korea about the huge family-owned businesses which dominate the economy.

Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong was sentenced on corruption charges this week following a case dubbed “the trial of the century”, due to the message it sent the country’s massive conglomerates.

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