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August 20, 2013

In a rare interview, CampdenFB talks to Mishal Kanoo, deputy chairman of one of the Middle East’s top family businesses, the Kanoo Group.

Family life is extremely private in the Gulf. In a way, it is not surprising that people who dress so conservatively, with women shrouded in black and men cloaked in white, should be so guarded in showing a public face. In the same way, family businesses in the Gulf Cooperation Council, which make up the vast majority of the successful corporations there, are curiously reluctant to share their successes with the press. For this reason, the willingness of Mishal Kanoo, deputy chairman of the GCC-based Kanoo Group, to speak to CampdenFB, is all the more remarkable.

November 8, 2012

Patton Group, a 100-year-old family-owned construction business, has gone into administration after suffering the effects of tough trading conditions.

Patton Group, a 100-year-old family-owned construction business, has gone into administration after suffering the effects of tough trading conditions.

Owned by the eponymous family, the Ballymena, Northern Ireland-based company said this week it was exploring “all possible options for the future”. This could include selling all or part of the family business.

July 18, 2012

Italy’s Salini family has won the battle against the Gavio family to control the country’s biggest construction company, Impregilo, after shareholders approved a plan to oust board members backed by the Gavios.

Italy’s Salini family has won the battle against the Gavio family to control the country’s biggest construction company, Impregilo, after shareholders approved a plan to oust board members backed by the Gavios.

June 26, 2012

Bruce Woolpert, who was chairman, president and chief executive of family-owned Graniterock, which supplies materials to the construction industry, died on 24 June aged 61.

Bruce Woolpert, who was chairman, president and chief executive of family-owned Graniterock, which supplies materials to the construction industry, died on 24 June aged 61.

The American family business did not reveal the cause of death, instead describing it as a “tragic accident”, but media reports suggested Woolpert drowned on the north shore of Lake Tahoe in California. An investigation into the circumstances of his death is reportedly underway.

December 23, 2011

The third-generation of Australia’s Grollo family is set to take over the management of the family business, as second-generation and family patriarch Bruno Grollo is retiring from the development and construction company his father founded 60 years ago.

The third-generation of Australia’s Grollo family is set to take over the management of the family business, as second-generation and family patriarch Bruno Grollo is retiring from the development and construction company his father founded 60 years ago.

The company, which is still 100% owned by the founding family and intends to remain private, is best known for building some of Melbourne’s tallest buildings including the Eureka Tower and Rialto Towers.

July 7, 2011

Family-owned construction company Wates Group has been named company of the year, aided by a combination of sustainable practices and family values.

Family-owned construction company Wates Group has been named company of the year, aided by a combination of sustainable practices and family values.

At the UK’s Business in the Community’s 2011 awards for excellence held on 5 July, the 117-year-old family business was recognised for reducing construction waste and following a green strategy.

May 27, 2011

Family-owned construction company Wates Group has added three more family members to the company’s executive board in a move to increase the family’s management role.

Family-owned construction company Wates Group has added three more family members to the company’s executive board in a move to increase the family’s management role.

A spokeswoman for the group told CampdenFB that Andy, Charlie and Tim Wates have joined as directors of the board.

March 23, 2011

Family-owned construction firm JCB plans to expand its operations in Brazil and India, but stressed that it will not be to the detriment of its UK home market.

Family-owned construction firm JCB plans to expand its operations in Brazil and India, but stressed that it will not be to the detriment of its UK home market.

January 14, 2011

The decade-long feud in one of South Korea’s richest families has taken another turn, as Hyundai Motor signed a preliminary agreement to control the country’s largest builder, pushing out rival bidder the Hyundai Group.

The decade-long feud in one of South Korea’s richest families has taken another turn, as Hyundai Motor signed a preliminary agreement to control the country’s largest builder, pushing out rival bidder the Hyundai Group.

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