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  • Boeing’s Alan Mulally has accepted perhaps the most dangerous job in big business as CEO of Ford. Can he fix the besieged autos giant – or has he just been drafted in to take the heat off Bill and the family? Melanie Stern reports

  • How do you inspire a generation with its own career aspirations and dreams to want to join and lead the family business? That’s the task for Chinese sauces giant Lee Kum Kee, as David Lee tells Melanie Stern

  • Observers speculate that Fidel Castro’s brother Raul will usher in open markets, better foreign relations and a ‘nicer’ communist dictatorship for the Cuban people. This is one family business succession that could change everything – or nothing, finds Melanie Stern

  • The resignation that fractured the Murdoch dynasty has been the subject of intense media scrutiny. Melanie Stern sifts through the cuttings and finds that this private drama made public reveals that succession is one of the most incendiary of issues

  • In the fourth of an occasional series, Melanie Stern chairs a roundtable discussion at Campden’s Family Investment Workshop in Lausanne on whether family offices are more interested in preserving wealth, or maximising it – and how they fulfil their mandate

  • Russia’s wealthy business families want to lead a foundation culture. But the shadow of socialist rule and the grip of the Kremlin are just two of the many hurdles that potential philanthropists need to overcome, finds Melanie Stern

  • Going public was not an option for Bertelsmann’s Mohn family. In the nick of time the family managed to hold onto control of their media powerhouse. Melanie Stern reports on Bertelsmann’s buyback and what could have been Germany’s biggest IPO

  • Performance at autos giant Ford is at its nadir under CEO Bill Ford. Shareholders are demanding a return on their investment and accusing the family CEO of failing the firm. Is family owner-managership damaging Ford’s bottom line, asks Melanie Stern

  • Four months into retirement, Alan Hassenfeld hasn’t played a single round of golf – he’s busier than ever, championing Hasbro’s interests and cementing his family’s legacy. Hasbro’s last founding family member talks exclusively to Melanie Stern

  • Three of the top 20 entries in the recently published Sunday Times Rich List are Indian families. Melanie Stern reports on how Asian family businesses have brought a certain flair and determination to the UK economy – a good reason to celebrate

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