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May 4, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, climate activist billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes acquires 11% of Australian power company AGL Energy; Amancio Ortega’s family office buys a Glasgow office development for £215 million; and BrewDog boss James Watt plans to give away 20% of his personal stake to staff.

Climate activist billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes acquires shares in Australian power company
Tech tycoon and climate activist Mike Cannon-Brookes has bought an 11.28% stake in AGL Energy in an attempted block of a demerger, that would see Australia’s biggest power producer split into two companies.

April 26, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, B&M boss Simon Arora announces his retirement; Elon Musk reaches a deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion; and Nandan Nilekani builds a tech platform to take on Amazon in India.

B&M discount chain boss Simon Arora set to retire

Simon Arora, the billionaire co-owner of UK discount chain B&M has announced his retirement after acquiring the then-failing business from Phildrew Investments in 2004.

April 20, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, François Pinault looks to acquire music streaming platform Deezer; Robert Kraft’s family donates $24 million to Harvard Business School; and Ashwin Damera invests in an Indian venture lending firm.

François Pinault looks to acquire music streaming platform Deezer
French businessman François Pinault [pictured left] is aiming to buy music streaming platform Deezer in a deal estimated at $1.6 billion.

The founder of the luxury group Kering and investment company Artémis, along with other founders of the special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) I2PO, plans to take the company public if the deal goes ahead.

April 19, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, Brewing heir Santo Domingo joins a Chelsea FC consortium; Twitter’s board of directors approves a ‘Poison pill’ strategy against Elon Musk’s takeover bid; and Sir Terence Conran’s former restaurant empire is up for auction.

Brewing heir Santo Domingo backs Chelsea FC takeover bid
Colombian-born billionaire brewing heir Alejandro Santo Domingo [picured left] has announced his backing for the bid to buy Chelsea Football Club.

Santo Domingo, who sits on the board of the world’s largest brewer ABInBev, has joined part of the investor group spearheaded by former Liverpool FC and British Airways chairman Sir Martin Broughton.

March 31, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, US president Joe Biden proposes a billionaire income tax; the preferred bid for new Chelsea FC ownership is to be presented by April 18; and BNY Mellon appoints a new head for global family office.

Joe Biden proposes billionaire income tax
US President Joe Biden has put forward a proposal for a Billionaire Minimum Income Tax in his fiscal year 2023 budget proposal.

As part of the Biden administration’s bid to reduce the United States federal deficit, the proposed tax will “Eliminate the inefficient sheltering of income for decades or generations,” according to The White House.

January 14, 2022

Canadian multi family office Northwood is acquired by CI Financial, Inditex owner Amancio Ortega buys up a key piece of Toronto real-estate and hedge fund billionaire Alan Howard gets into the esports game.

CI Financial acquires Canadian multi family office Northwood

Northwood, the privately-owned boutique Canadian family office, has agreed to a sale to investment management firm CI Financial Corp.

One of the first multi-family offices established in Canada, the Toronto-based Northwood, which co-ordinates the financial, investment and personal affairs of Canadian and global families, manages approximately $2.2 billion of investment assets and $9 billion net worth.

December 18, 2021

Rothermere wins bid to take back Daily Mail, Heineken’s African push with $4.5 billion merger, LVMH takes Thelios inhouse in share buyout.

Rothermere wins bid to take back Daily Mail

The $1.1 billion publisher of Britain’s bestselling newspaper is back in Rothermere family hands after 90 years as a publicly listed company.

However, the slimmed down Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT) faces a cost-cutting editorial management shake-up, amid ailing publishing sales and advertising.

December 13, 2021

Maersk family expands into healthcare with Unilabs deal, Weston family sells Selfridges to Chirathivat family, Lonely billionaire Bill Gates shares The Giving Pledge with ex-wife Melinda.

Maersk family expands into healthcare with Unilabs deal

The family holding company best known for controlling the Danish shipping giant Maersk is making good on its plans to tackle global challenges head on by acquiring a Covid-19 test maker and diagnostics company.

November 15, 2021

Rogers Communications won’t challenge court ruling on family boardroom battle, Primark-owning Weston family plans overseas expansion, Li Ka-shing family bets on Bamford’s green hydrogen fund.

Rogers Communications won’t challenge court ruling on family boardroom battle

The Rogers family behind their eponymous $24 billion Canadian telecoms giant has been embroiled in a damaging public feud which could jeopardise a $26 billion merger with fellow family-controlled telecom company Shaw Communications.

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