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November 27, 2019

The Lego Group is building its connections with adult consumers by buying an online fan platform from the family office of a South Korean tech entrepreneur.

The Lego Group is building its connections with adult consumers by buying an online fan platform from the family office of a South Korean tech entrepreneur.

August 31, 2018

Dyson to build $260 electric car test site, South Korea’s regulators slap new rules on family-run chaebols, Power unit sale helps lift Reliance debt burden.

Dyson unveils $260 million test track for electric vehicles

A year after announcing it would join the electric car race, UK technology firm Dyson has revealed its plans to convert a former airfield in Southern England into a 17km test track and extensive electric vehicle (EV) testing centre.

Dyson, headed by the dynamic UK inventor Sir James Dyson (pictured), bought Hullavington Airfield, Wiltshire several years ago and plans to spend up to £200 million ($260 million) converting it into a EV testing centre.

May 23, 2018

LG Group chairman dies, prominent Swedish families back ‘creative Davos’, LVMH-backed funds buys into Indian retailer

Transformational LG Group chairman Koo Bon-moo dies 

The influential chairman of South Korea’s LG Group, who helped transform the company into a technology heavyweight, has passed away after a battle with brain disease.

Third-generation leader Koo Bon-moo, 73, had been ill for a year, LG said in a statement, and had refused life support.

September 15, 2017

Lotte to sell stores over Chinese missile defence sanctions; youngest-ever chief financial officer steps up at Kraft Heinz; and NZ philanthropist and businessman dies.

Lotte to sell stores over Chinese missile defence sanctions

South Korean chaebol Lotte is to start selling its Chinese supermarkets, after Beijing hit it with unofficial sanctions related to the nuclear arms tensions on the Korean peninsula.

September 1, 2017

Jailing of Samsung heir a message to chaebol, Ford self-drive cars to deliver pizza, and Father-son team launch new bank.

Jailing of Samsung heir a message to chaebol

The jailing of Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong for five years has fuelled public conversation in South Korea about the huge family-owned businesses which dominate the economy.

Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong was sentenced on corruption charges this week following a case dubbed “the trial of the century”, due to the message it sent the country’s massive conglomerates.

July 4, 2017

Several high profile cases in past months show why wealth succession and planning in Asia can differ markedly from Europe and North America 

Several high profile cases in past months show why wealth succession and planning in Asia can differ markedly from Europe and North America. Sharon Lim reports 

February 28, 2017

Second-gen Lee Jae-yong, the vice chairman and heir apparent of electronics conglomerate Samsung, is to be indicted on multiple charges including bribery and embezzlement, according to prosecutors.

Second-gen Lee Jae-yong, the vice chairman and heir apparent of electronics conglomerate Samsung, is to be indicted on multiple charges including bribery and embezzlement, according to prosecutors.

Earlier this month, the 48-year-old was arrested for his alleged role in providing about ₩43 billion ($37 million) to a friend of South Korean president Park Geun-hye to win state approval for a controversial 2015 merger.

October 21, 2016

A.G. Sulzberger appointed deputy publisher of New York Times, A.G. Sulzberger appointed deputy publisher of New York Times, and Vivendi lawsuit dialled up to 11

A.G. Sulzberger appointed deputy publisher of New York Times

Fifth-generation Arthur Gregg “A.G.” Sulzberger has been appointed deputy publisher of the New York Times, setting him up to one day succeed his father, Arthur Sulzberger Jr.

The 36-year-old next-generation executive takes on the role amid a difficult time for the publication: readers and advertisers are slowly shifting to online, while publishers are shifting their resources within the newsroom.

August 4, 2016

A newly revised law in South Korea will see the chiefs of major family-controlled conglomerates, known as chaebol, come under examination as lawmakers look to ensure the stability of their financial subsidiaries, officials said this week.  

A newly revised law in South Korea will see the chiefs of major family-controlled conglomerates, known as chaebol, come under examination as lawmakers look to ensure the stability of their financial subsidiaries, officials said this week. 

The move comes nearly three years after the Tongyang Group, then the 38th largest chaebol in South Korea, declared bankruptcy after inappropriately selling commercial paper and corporate bonds, causing damages to the tune of ₩2 trillion ($1.87 billion). 

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