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November 5, 2012

Businesses often throw up next-gen entrepreneurs. Few throw up next-gen entrepreneurs and social pioneers. CampdenFB reports.

Wanderlust can rarely have made such a profound change on a business as the 19-year-old Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen’s desire to travel to Africa. The scion of a Danish business that made linings for uniforms, he set off to Nigeria and ended up transforming the family firm into a producer of insecticidal tents and the innovator behind a pioneering public health programme in Kenya.

October 18, 2012

The Argentinian empire founded by an accidental immigrant is an international player, thanks to its charismatic patriarch. CampdenFB speaks to the man behind one of the fastest growing family businesses in the world.

Enrique Pescarmona is a man who likes numbers. So much so that when asked what he thinks of people who are sceptical of wind farms and hydro power, the head of Argentinian energy business Impsa quickly asks for the loan of a pen and paper and begins scribbling down a series of figures. “It is easy to talk, but most people don’t like to put numbers to things,” he says. “But you cannot fool with numbers.”

July 12, 2012

Ferragamo is one of the world’s most iconic fashion brands. It’s also one of Italy’s greatest family businesses. CampdenFB speaks to Ferruccio Ferragamo about the family, the business and the luxury market.

May 24, 2012

If there has ever been a story of perseverance and determination in a family business then it must be that of Marilyn Carlson Nelson. CampdenFB reports on a remarkable story.

May 22, 2012

A US family-owned conglomerate has made next-generation planning core to its governance. CampdenFB looks at its strategy.

Bill Yoh, the third-generation family member of American defence and engineering family business Day & Zimmermann, isn’t about to become a number any time soon. “We don’t want to contribute to statistics about families that, at some point, decided to sell the business or remained distant from it,” he says.

May 16, 2012

Is there any greater family business dynasty than the Rothschilds? CampdenFB speaks to Baron David de Rothschild, the head of Rothschild Group.

Baron David de Rothschild, the chairman of Rothschild Group, recounts a story when entering New York 10 years ago. “As I passed through immigration and showed my passport the official asked me if I was from the great wine family,” he says. “I said yes, and then he asked me why I was visiting. I told him it was to see our bank here—and he looked perplexed.” The immigration official had never heard of Rothschild the bank.

March 15, 2012

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy," said Benjamin Franklin. Why do family businesses do so well in the brewing sector? CampdenFB finds out.

“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy,” said Benjamin Franklin. Leaving aside the theology, the cold, hard figures suggest that the age-old mixture of water, barley, yeast and hops does indeed put a smile on faces the world over. Global beer consumption has increased 3% a year over the past decade.

February 23, 2012

Marie-Christine Coisne-Roquette is one of the world’s top family business leaders. CampdenFB finds out what’s behind her success. 

February 21, 2012

Bob Rich, sportsman, author and chairman of one of the US’s biggest family-controlled food businesses, explains why ethics matter, family members can’t be complacent and why he'll never retire. 

Sitting in his office one afternoon, Bob Rich received a frantic call from an employee. The man, tasked with heading up the family business’s operations in an emerging economy, had just spoken to border officials, who were demanding bribes to get Rich Products’ goods into the nation. The manager didn’t know what do to.

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