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September 10, 2021

Chairman Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen secures Lego’s legacy with son’s succession, JCB heir Jo Bamford ventures into green hydrogen projects, JD.com founder Richard Liu makes way for successor.

Chairman Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen secures Lego’s legacy with son’s succession

Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, the patriarch of the Danish family-owned toy giant Lego, says it is important to sustain the group’s legacy as he transfers control to his fourth-generation son.

August 16, 2021

Artificial intelligence, the ESG avalanche, increased global mobility and a virus that has turned lives upside down and shifted behaviour and one thing is clear: the world is not the same as it was some years ago and trying to plan for a transition in today’s environment is challenging at best.

Artificial intelligence, the ESG avalanche, increased global mobility and a virus that has turned lives upside down and shifted behaviour and one thing is clear: the world is not the same as it was some years ago and trying to plan for a transition in today’s environment is challenging at best.

August 11, 2021

Molly Heaney, a fifth-generation director of JM Huber, one of the largest privately-owned businesses in the United States, says her family’s set of guiding principles remain the corporation’s “North Star” in its accelerating pace of investments.

Molly Heaney, a fifth-generation director of JM Huber, one of the largest privately-owned businesses in the United States, says her family’s set of guiding principles remain the corporation’s “North Star” in its accelerating pace of investments.

Huber is a portfolio management company and a global leader in hydrocolloids, specialty chemicals and minerals and engineered woods, supplying industries such as agrochemicals, beverages, household products, oral care, paper, energy, plastics and construction.

August 11, 2021

There has been a growing focus on mental health and work—but this has been restricted to startups and mental health in the workplace. We have conversations about employee wellbeing, but not about the health of the leader of the enterprise, or the next generation entrepreneur.

There has been a growing focus on mental health and work—but this has been restricted to startups and mental health in the workplace. We have conversations about employee wellbeing, but not about the health of the leader of the enterprise, or the next generation entrepreneur.

This is an important question to explore because it affects not only individual wellbeing, but also could affect the way business is conducted and may cascade down to employees.

August 9, 2021

Do you know what your value to the family company as a successor is? If you are considering joining, do you know under what conditions your value might be at its maximum? Are these questions important?

Do you know what your value to the family company as a successor is? If you are considering joining, do you know under what conditions your value might be at its maximum? Are these questions important?

August 2, 2021

Marc Puig Guasch, third-generation principal of the global $1.8 billion Spanish family-owned fashion and fragrance business Puig, hails his father as a “titan with a human touch” who led by listening and brought out the best in people.

Marc Puig Guasch, third-generation principal of the global $1.8 billion Spanish family-owned fashion and fragrance business Puig, hails his father as a “titan with a human touch” who led by listening and brought out the best in people.

The chief executive and president of Puig went on to tell CampdenFB why the family is determined to retain control and grow the enterprise but discourage its fourth generation from management.

July 27, 2021

Much has been written about "The Great Wealth Transfer" that is expected to happen over the coming years as Baby Boomers pass their wealth to next generations. Both the estimates of what value is to pass, by inheritance or gift, and the timeline over which this is to happen vary widely. 

Much has been written about "The Great Wealth Transfer" that is expected to happen over the coming years as Baby Boomers pass their wealth to next generations. Both the estimates of what value is to pass, by inheritance or gift, and the timeline over which this is to happen vary widely.

July 26, 2021

Indian diamond merchant Savji Dholakia says the trust of family, staff welfare and environmental, social and governance values are his priorities in his $1.2 billion family business, with finance and growth the “by-products” of his lifelong enterprise.

Indian diamond merchant Savji Dholakia says the trust of family, staff welfare and environmental, social and governance values are his priorities in his $1.2 billion family business, with finance and growth the “by-products” of his lifelong enterprise.

The 59-year-old Hurun India Rich List principal, whose family business is managed by a team of four brothers (pictured below right), three partners and eight young adult children, also said he does not believe in planning his succession.

July 21, 2021

Many articles or speeches about family businesses include a reference to the “three-generation rule,” which says that most don’t survive beyond three generations. But that perception could not be further from the truth.

If you’re a fan of the HBO show Succession, or if you’re aware of the conflicts playing out publicly and perennially among some of the most visible family businesses in the world—think the Murdochs or Sumner Redstone’s family—you might assume that family businesses are more fragile than other forms of enterprise.

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