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January 8, 2021

Arnault heir joins power trio in charge of Tiffany and Co, Founder Leonardo Del Vecchio steps back in EssilorLuxottica power transfer, Rockefeller Foundation divests $5 billion in fossil fuels.

Arnault heir joins power trio in charge of Tiffany and Co

Alexandre Arnault is being widely regarded as the heir apparent of his father’s French luxury goods empire LVMH with his appointment to the new executive leadership of Tiffany and Co.

Arnault (pictured), 28, is the second eldest son of Bernard Arnault (pictured below), 71, the billionaire chairman and chief executive of LVMH. The next-gen led luggage manufacturer RIMOWA since January 2017, after initiating and leading its acquisition by LVMH.

January 6, 2021

In a recent family business event, a couple of young family business owners were asking questions around their role, finding their place and their individual voice. Questions motivated by their respective positions as heirs, beneficiaries, descendants, inheritors and ‘next-in-line’.

In a recent family business event, a couple of young family business owners were asking questions around their role, finding their place and their individual voice. Questions motivated by their respective positions as heirs, beneficiaries, descendants, inheritors and ‘next-in-line’.

Any one of these descriptions are representative of considerable responsibilities and accepted norms. Taken together, they represent the range and depth of the obligations, paths and expectations which together are captured in one word: successor.

January 4, 2021

After a 2020 that was nowhere near what most of us anticipated, it’s perhaps bullish to make predictions about 2021, but Tom McGinness, KPMG’s head of family business, is not deterred from outlining the top 10 topics that he expects to be discussing with those leading family businesses during the coming year.

After a 2020 that was nowhere near what most of us anticipated, it’s perhaps bullish to make predictions about 2021, but Tom McGinness, KPMG’s head of family business, is not deterred from outlining the top 10 topics that he expects to be discussing with those leading family businesses during the coming year.

1.            Reviewing shared purpose

December 15, 2020

The United Kingdom left the European Union last year and the transitional period which applies EU law to UK divorces expires on 31 December, 2020 at 23:00 GMT. This expiry will have potentially dramatic changes in international family law which will affect every wealthy family with a European connection.

The United Kingdom left the European Union last year and the transitional period which applies EU law to UK divorces expires on 31 December, 2020 at 23:00 GMT. This expiry will have potentially dramatic changes in international family law which will affect every wealthy family with a European connection.

And there will be profound changes in the way that family law operates within Europe after that date.

December 14, 2020

The father and son team behind Vini Cosmetics, the maker of Fogg deodorants, say they are bullish on the Indian economy, its pandemic recovery and are exploring new investment opportunities.

The father and son team behind Vini Cosmetics, the maker of Fogg deodorants, say they are bullish on the Indian economy, its pandemic recovery and are exploring new investment opportunities.

Entrepreneurs Darshan Patel, 58, founding chairman and managing director of the family business, works in tandem with next-generation Manan Patel, 27, chief executive of their family office Vini Investments in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

December 12, 2020

Bertelsmann books Simon & Schuster for $2.175 billion, Bombardier private jet sales soar in the coronavirus age, Walmart offers to give Covid-19 vaccinations.

Bertelsmann books Simon & Schuster for $2.175 billion

German media family business Bertelsmann has acquired publishing house Simon & Schuster for $2.175 billion from the US Redstone-family-owned media company ViacomCBS.

Bertelsmann, the international media, services and education company, said it was further expanding its global content businesses in the US, its second-largest market, with the deal for the publisher of Hillary Clinton, John Irving, Stephen King and Bob Woodward.

December 11, 2020

Families aligning their charitable giving with their business plans and the rise of the next generation of family leaders are among the trends explored in a new book which aims to guide families on their ventures in philanthropy.

Families aligning their charitable giving with their business plans and the rise of the next generation of family leaders are among the trends explored in a new book which aims to guide families on their ventures in philanthropy.

Family Philanthropy Navigatorpublished this month, delves into case studies and offers advice and practical tools for experienced and aspiring families in the philanthropy sector.

November 20, 2020

It was family business as usual. Two founding brothers running their enterprise with their four children—two daughters and two sons—in different stages of being groomed to take up important positions. The elders continued to occupy leadership roles and their trusted advisers made sure that the power of decision was always retained by them.

It was family business as usual. Two founding brothers running their enterprise with their four children—two daughters and two sons—in different stages of being groomed to take up important positions. The elders continued to occupy leadership roles and their trusted advisers made sure that the power of decision was always retained by them.

November 17, 2020

Hoshi Ryokan from Japan, C Hoare & Co from the United Kingdom, De Kuyper Royal Distillers from The Netherlands and Mellerio dits Meller from France are some of the oldest companies in the world. While they represent diverse industries, from hospitality and banking services, to royal heritage distillery and luxury jewellery, they all share one common model. As family businesses, they managed to navigate multiple crises and build resilience over generations. 

Hoshi Ryokan from Japan, C Hoare & Co from the United Kingdom, De Kuyper Royal Distillers from The Netherlands and Mellerio dits Meller from France are some of the oldest companies in the world. While they represent diverse industries, from hospitality and banking services, to royal heritage distillery and luxury jewellery, they all share one common model. As family businesses, they managed to navigate multiple crises and build resilience over generations.

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