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August 26, 2010

Sweden’s most famous family dynasty, the Wallenburgs, could be big beneficiaries from its investment in ISS, one of the world’s largest facility service providers, after the privately-owned company announced it was considering an initial public offering.

Sweden's most famous family dynasty, the Wallenburgs, could be big beneficiaries from its investment in ISS, one of the world's largest facility service providers, after the privately-owned company announced it was considering an initial public offering.

The Wallenburg family owns 55% of ISS, a stake it acquired in May 2005, through its private equity vehicle EQT.

March 31, 2008

A family-owned company has become the joint global leader in the wine and spirits industry.

A family-owned company has become the joint global leader in the wine and spirits industry. Through its €5.6 billion acquisition of Absolut vodka owner Vin & Spirit, Pernod Ricard, which is owned by the Ricard family, joined Diageo at the top of the drinks industry.

Absolut is the number one premium vodka in the world and the top selling premium spirits brand in the US. It is seen as a “unique asset” to Pernod Ricard’s drinks portfolio, which includes Glenlivet, Malibu and Jacob’s Creek wine.

March 3, 2008

Volkswagen has increased its stake in truck manufacturer Scania to 68.6% after buying the shares from a powerful Swedish family.

Volkswagen has increased its stake in truck manufacturer Scania to 68.6% after buying the shares from a powerful Swedish family. The Wallenbergs, who held a 30% stake through industrial holding firm Investor AB and the Wallenberg Foundation, sold their shares to the German carmaker for €21 per share.

January 1, 2008

When a business is passed from one generation to another, the newcomers are faced with immense pressures and responsibilities. Gordon Cairns meets two next generation members from contrasting cultures who have taken different routes to the top

When a business is passed from one generation to another, the newcomers are faced with immense pressures and responsibilities. Gordon Cairns meets two next generation members from contrasting cultures who have taken different routes to the top

For the next generation, taking over the family business does not only bring financial rewards and a boost to one's self esteem, it also brings the responsibility of securing the company that has been nurtured by generations of your family and, more importantly, taking this business forward in the modern world.

July 1, 2005

As a head honcho of a leading Swedish business newspaper, Hans-Jacob Bonnier has years of experience at the helm of a successful family business. This stands him in good stead as chairman of the Family Business Network, writes Scott McCulloch

Scott Mcculloch is editor of Families in Business

As a head honcho of a leading Swedish business newspaper, Hans-Jacob Bonnier has years of experience at the helm of a successful family business. This stands him in good stead as chairman of the Family Business Network, writes Scott McCulloch

July 1, 2004

Foreign direct investors have a welter of industrialised countries to choose from but many markets stand in stark economic contrast with each other. Scandinavian countries are no exception

Scott McCulloch is editor of Families in
Business magazine.

Foreign direct investors have a welter of industrialised countries to choose from but many markets stand in stark economic contrast with each other. Scandinavian countries are no exception

Investing in Scandinavia virtually means investing in Sweden. The Swedish government, the press and local businesses treat foreign investors as they do Swedish investors. The media is quick to point out foreign ownership, however, when layoffs or plant shutdowns are announced.

May 1, 2004

Sweden’s iconic wooden toy company has been something of a slow train in a locomotive race, but has total faith in its plan to sideline its multi-million dollar debt and return to profitability by 2005

Melanie Stern is Section Editor of Families in Business magazine.

Sweden's iconic wooden toy company has been something of a slow train in a locomotive race, but has total faith in its plan to sideline its multi-million dollar debt and return to profitability by 2005

There's optimism, and there is blind faith. One can't be sure which side of the tracks the brothers Dag and Bengt Ivarsson, fourth family generation and board members of iconic toy company Brio, stand.

January 1, 2004

Just one year before the Bonnier Group celebrates its 200th anniversary, the Bonnier Group were the recipients of the 2003 IMD – Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch Distinguished Family Business Award

Joachim Schwass is Professor of Family Business IMD and Director, the IMD – Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch & Cie Family Business Centre.

Just one year before the Bonnier Group celebrates its 200th anniversary, the Bonnier Group were the recipients of the 2003 IMD – Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch Distinguished Family Business Award

January 1, 2004

The past year has seen exciting developments and activities take place for family businesses at IMD.

The past year has seen exciting developments and activities take place for family businesses at IMD. The key focus remains (since the launch of Leading the Family Business, the first international educational programme for families in business) how to help family businesses become better at what they are doing. A number of research projects address this issue from different angles.

- What is the specific culture of a family business and how can this lead to a competitive advantage?

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