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April 24, 2019

France’s billionaire families are facing a backlash over their recent pledge to donate €500 million ($700 million) to rebuild the fire-damaged Notre-Dame Cathedral, with critics questioning its worthiness as a cause.

France’s billionaire families are facing a backlash over their recent pledge to donate €500 million ($700 million) to rebuild the fire-damaged Notre-Dame Cathedral, with critics questioning its worthiness as a cause.

In the immediate aftermath of the devastating fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Pinault family, owners of Gucci parent company, Kering, pledged €100 million towards the cathedral’s restoration fund, which was set up by French president Emmanuel Macron.

April 22, 2019

London-based fourth-generation family office J Leon Group has overhauled its giving in the last decade. Paddy Walker, managing director, spoke to Alexandra Newlove about how the diverse giving portfolio—from stopping killer robots to challenging hate speech—has brought the family closer

The 18 charities supported by J Leon may seem disparate at first glance. But drill down a little and you find they align under five key areas informed by the family’s history, passion, and expertise.

In the noughties, Paddy Walker and Tania Slowe, joint managing directors and husband-wife team, executed two buy-backs, taking the number of shareholders from 140 to fewer than 20.

It was this, Walker says, which spurred the family to reassess its giving, as the family felt closer and it became easier to communicate.

April 16, 2019

Some of France’s best-known business families have pledged to donate €500 million to help reconstruct the Notre-Dame Cathedral after a devastating fire tore through the historic structure, causing significant damage.

Some of France’s best-known business families have pledged to donate €500 million to help reconstruct the Notre-Dame Cathedral after a devastating fire tore through the historic structure, causing significant damage.

In a statement on Twitter, the Arnault family, owners of luxury group LVMH headed by French billionaire Bernard Arnault, pledged €200 million ($226 million) to help with the restoration efforts.

April 16, 2019

Merck had been able to continually anticipate changes in the macro-environment and adapt itself

There are several things that family businesses can learn from the history of Merck.

Cohesion and continuity are the benefits of adherence to family values and tradition. Merck values of hard work, empathy, and striving for excellence were imbibed and inculcated across generations mainly through practice.

April 15, 2019

A trio of international family business academics reveal how a modest German pharmacy has evolved into a successful 12-generation dynasty complete with its own family university

A remarkable 350 years of steady growth and transformation—that’s what the German pharmaceuticals and chemicals company Merck has achieved since it opened its first pharmacy in Darmstadt, near Frankfurt, in 1668.

April 12, 2019

The “Core Characteristics of Impact Investing” have been unveiled to help family offices interested in creating positive change navigate the growing $502 billion impact market.

The “Core Characteristics of Impact Investing” have been unveiled to help family offices interested in creating positive change navigate the growing $502 billion impact market.

Intentionality, Evidence-Based Investment Design, Impact Management and Contribution to Industry Growth were declared as the core characteristics to provide reference points and practical actions to establish the baseline expectations for impact investing.

April 11, 2019

Sodexo acquires The Good Care Group; Cho Yang-ho, Korean Air chairman, dies age 70; and family businesses rank on Global RepTrak 100.

Sodexo acquires The Good Care Group

Sodexo, the French food services and facilities management conglomerate controlled by the Bellon family, has expanded its UK home care business by buying The Good Care Group (GCG)—a leading player in the UK live-in care market.

The GCG, founded in 2009, provides tailored live-in care services to customers who need physical help to live independently or have complex care needs.

April 10, 2019

Growth, innovation, and preservation—the three key themes that drove conversation, networking and thought-leadership at Campden’s 12th Americas Families in Business Conference in Miami last week.

Growth, innovation, and preservation—the three key themes that drove conversation, networking and thought-leadership at Campden’s 12th Americas Families in Business Conference in Miami last week.

More than 100 family members and the executives of their enterprises joined peers, experts and thought-leaders as we discussed what will help propel their businesses forward for the moment and years to come.

April 8, 2019

Dame Stephanie Shirley brought the same trailblazing zeal to philanthropy over the past quarter century as she did as an IT industry pioneer. She tells James Beech what she learned from starting and finishing charitable giving

How a philanthropist ends their legacy is just as important as how they start it. Just ask Dame Stephanie “Steve” Shirley CH, who at 85 and after decades of venture philanthropy is spending out her charitable Shirley Foundation while ensuring the good work continues.

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