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July 24, 2014

Williams F1 and its founder, Sir Frank Williams, have become icons of British motorsport, but now his daughter is on track to take the wheel.

This is an edited version of a profile that originally appeared in the Spring 2014 edition of CampdenFB.

Motorsport and sustainability might not seem likely bedfellows, but this year Formula One is going greener than it’s ever been before. Claire Williams, whose upbringing was steeped in Formula One history and who was last year appointed deputy head of the Williams F1 team, says the motor-racing championship needs to change with the times.

July 17, 2014

A fresh-faced CEO straight out of business school isn't always the person to inspire public and investor confidence, but circumstances sometimes force a young candidate into the top spot at a family firm.

Picking a chief executive for any family business is a tough task. It is especially problematic if the company is bent on keeping a family member in the top job. This was the conundrum Gianni Agnelli faced when trying to prepare an heir to take the wheel of his family’s iconic Italian car brand Fiat. Drug addiction in his only son and then stomach cancer in his nephew saw his pool of potential successors whittled down to his 21-year-old grandson John Elkann.

June 24, 2014

From Brussels to Berlin and Westminster to Washington, family businesses are making themselves heard in the halls of power. But how much influence is enough and how much is too much?

June 12, 2014

A hereditary knack for creating highly addictive games has kept Jaques of London in business for eight generations, and despite the growth of computer games the family firm insists there’s an increasing demand for old-fashioned fun. CampdenFB reports

June 2, 2014

São Paulo-based MCassab Group is the face of today’s prosperous, entrepreneurial Brazil. An 86-year-old Brazilian family-run conglomerate with interests spanning Lego distribution to fish farming, its revenues are expected to double to $1 billion by 2018. Peter Shaw-Smith meets its chief executive and patriarch Fábio Cutait

Two miles north-west of the famous Interlagos Formula One racing circuit stands a group of offices, laboratories and warehouses that is the centre for one of the most successful family-run, and yet relatively unknown, conglomerates in Latin America’s biggest economy – MCassab Group. 

 

May 21, 2014

A growing world population provides not only an increasing global appetite for food production but also feeds growing investor hunger for exposure to the agricultural sector. 

Seven years ago Rod Jones, who runs his family’s Texas-based investment office Cain Capital, felt his portfolio was lacking in diversity. He began looking for deeper exposure to the agricultural sector. Initially he investigated institutional offerings, such as fund baskets and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), but was unimpressed with the vehicles he saw.

April 29, 2014

Independent films have a reputation as a high-risk yet glamorous investment, but there are opportunities for investors across the risk appetite spectrum. Campden takes a look at how family offices are investing.  

March 27, 2014

There’s little that kills as many so quickly as a natural disaster, and millions of people across the world dig deep when faced with so much suffering. Foundations have pockets deep enough to help, but might not know where to begin. 

There’s little that kills as many so quickly as a natural disaster, and millions of people across the world dig deep when faced with so much suffering. Foundations have pockets deep enough to help, but might not know where to begin.

March 14, 2014

When Giovanni Castiglioni's father died in 2010 he left a massive legacy - and the seemingly impossible job of turning round the legendary motorbike brand MV Agusta. In just three years, Giovanni has done it.

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