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Special report

November 1, 2008

One of the biggest and most frightening risks is that of terrorism. Darrell Delamaide looks at two recent attacks that have brought the risk into reality for business-owning families and analyses what you can do to prevent such an eventuality

It was every business owner's nightmare. A truck bomb with more than 800 pounds of explosives ripped through the Marriott Hotel in Pakistan's capital city, Islamabad, on 20 September 2008, killing more than 50 people, wounding hundreds more and leaving a crater 25 feet deep.

November 1, 2008

Thierry Malleret begins our special report on risk management by looking at the global risks facing family businesses today

Global risks are today's risks. They are an integral part of a world characterised by ever greater complexity and accelerating change, and they are becoming more relevant and pervasive than ever.

Businesses cope well with those kinds of "familiar" business risks traditionally within the canvas of the firm (eg, project risks, competitive risks, industry risks, currency risks), but often find themselves far less well equipped to deal with a set of new, less familiar, potentially more dangerous, global risks.

September 1, 2008

As consumers in Eastern Europe becomes ever more affluent, family businesses around the world are looking to the region for growth rather than cheap land and labour, says Reg Crowder

As consumers in Eastern Europe becomes ever more affluent, family businesses around the world are looking to the region for growth rather than cheap land and labour, says Reg Crowder

Family businesses are increasingly turning to Eastern Europe for growth opportunities. But it's a completely different story from what the world saw in the years following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

September 1, 2008

They have made their fortunes, but now Russian billionaires face the challenge of involving their families into their business, reports Gavin Knight

They have made their fortunes, but now Russian billionaires face the challenge of involving their families into their business, reports Gavin Knight

Family businesses in Russia were once among the most revered in the world. The richest families, such as the Romanovs and Yusupovs, could trace their noble roots back centuries and were renowned for their immense wealth, philanthropy and art collections. However, they lost it all during the revolution of 1917.

September 1, 2008

Paul Amery reports on three family-owned conglomerates at the forefront of Turkey’s new-found corporate optimism

Paul Amery reports on three family-owned conglomerates at the forefront of Turkey's new-found corporate optimism

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, held in January each year, the three-day programme culminates in the lavish gala event, a high-profile evening attracting the world's most powerful business leaders and politicians.

This year, the gala was co-sponsored by four Turkish family-owned conglomerates, Dogus, Dogan, Sabanci and Koc, and the scene was set for them by their country's recent impressive economic performance.

July 1, 2008

Some see it as a duty, some see it as essential to creating a legacy, some just love to do it. Whatever the motivation, philanthropy is as popular as ever. It doesn’t mean that it is simple, however. Here we look in-depth at the biggest challenges in philanthropy today …

Some see it as a duty, some see it as essential to creating a legacy, some just love to do it. Whatever the motivation, philanthropy is as popular as ever. It doesn't mean that it is simple, however. Here we look in-depth at the biggest challenges in philanthropy today …

July 1, 2008

Mike Scott explores the booming world of microfinance and discovers the impact this branch of philanthropy can have

Mike Scott explores the booming world of microfinance and discovers the impact this branch of philanthropy can have

Microfinance is the new buzzword in banking circles. It involves lending small amounts of money to some of the world's poorest people, who often have no collateral and no credit history. And servicing the needs of those "at the bottom of the pyramid" is an area where there is a significant role for individual investors lucky enough to find themselves at the top of the pyramid.

July 1, 2008

John Timpson, the fourth-generation CEO of the Timpson Group, tells Marc Smith why philanthropy is such a personal affair to both him and his extended family

John Timpson, the fourth-generation CEO of the Timpson Group, tells Marc Smith why philanthropy is such a personal affair to both him and his extended family

May 2, 2008

Families in Business asked the next generation to tell us their views on the future and how they see themselves and their family. Do you know what the next generation of your family really thinks about you and your business? Read on to find out…

Families in Business asked the next generation to tell us their views on the future and how they see themselves and their family. Do you know what the next generation of your family really thinks about you and your business? Read on to find out…

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