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October 19, 2021

At a family business conference, several years ago, I had the good fortune to hear speak the senior family member and then president of the fourth generation Italian fashion house, Ermenegildo Zegna. In reply to a question on where he spent his time, he identified three areas of personal priority.

At a family business conference, several years ago, I had the good fortune to hear speak the senior family member and then president of the fourth generation Italian fashion house, Ermenegildo Zegna. In reply to a question on where he spent his time, he identified three areas of personal priority.

September 13, 2021

Picture yourself as a successor, recently arrived in a foreign market with no clear job description, no clarity on why you are there and a suspicious local management team. Your brief is to 'Find your own way and make a difference' in a company with €1 billion plus sales and a track record of minimum active family involvement.

Picture yourself as a successor, recently arrived in a foreign market with no clear job description, no clarity on why you are there and a suspicious local management team. Your brief is to 'Find your own way and make a difference' in a company with €1 billion plus sales and a track record of minimum active family involvement.

July 23, 2021

Agnelli family’s Exor linked to Armani, Zegna family lists luxury group via $3.2 billion SPAC, Les Wexner distances from L Brands with $2.2 billion share sale.

Agnelli family’s Exor linked to Armani

The Agnelli family that made its fortune in the Italian auto industry is expanding its interests in luxury goods with apparent overtures to Armani, only months after acquiring a quarter-stake in Christian Louboutin.

Agnelli scion John Elkann (pictured left), 45, the billionaire chairman and chief executive of Exor, the family-controlled holding company, has been in talks with fashion designer Giorgio Armani, Reuters reported.

May 13, 2021

Leading venture capitalist Matthew Salloway is on the hunt for innovative technology startups on behalf of his family office and fund and says the 5G economy is a 15 trillion-dollar economic opportunity.

Leading venture capitalist Matthew Salloway is on the hunt for innovative technology startups on behalf of his family office and fund and says the 5G economy is a 15 trillion-dollar economic opportunity.

Salloway is the chief executive of GSI Ventures, a top 50 Global Family Office, with a focus on venture capital and portfolio market expansion into the Middle East and North Africa region. He is also the co-founder and managing partner of SIP Global Partners, an international performance venture fund investing in global technology companies.

April 22, 2021

A third-generation successor turned adviser and author says the fate of his family business could have been “radically different” if he had been humbler as its principal.

A third-generation successor turned adviser and author says the fate of his family business could have been “radically different” if he had been humbler as its principal.

David C Bentall worked for 20 years in his family’s major Canadian business, Dominion Construction, including seven years as its president and chief executive. During his tenure as principal, the business doubled in size to $240 million in sales.

March 31, 2021

Pernod Ricard goes upmarket in acquisition and distribution strategy, Locked down families build Lego’s fastest sales growth in five years, Gebruder Weiss profits in combining physical and digital innovation.

Pernod Ricard goes upmarket in acquisition and distribution strategy

Pernod Ricard, the French third-generation wines and spirits giant, is set to acquire a majority stake in a family-owned premium Columbian rum as part of its “Transform and Accelerate” strategic plan.

Pernod Ricard also embarked on a collaboration with Lafayette Imports, a new company founded by Biggar and Leith partners Elwyn Gladstone and Mark Teasdale, to boost its “super-premium” branding in the United States.

February 20, 2021

William Clay Ford Jr, the family principal behind the motor giant’s electrification, Record revenue accelerates Walton family’s Walmart strategy, Sheldon Adelson heirs unlikely to gamble on his casino empire’s future.

William Clay Ford Jr, the family principal behind the motor giant’s electrification

The $1 billion electric vehicle transformation by the Ford Motor Company in Europe is a vindication for its fourth-generation executive chairman, William Clay Ford Jr, a lifelong environmentalist.

The $155.9 billion family-controlled automaker announced this week all of its passenger and commercial vehicle ranges in Europe will be zero-emissions capable—all-electric or plug-in hybrid—by 2026, moving to entirely electric by 2030.

February 13, 2021

Arnault family’s L Catterton in rumoured Birkenstock takeover bid, Mining magnate Gina Rinehart backs lithium venture, Rocketing e-commerce powers L’Oreal recovery.

Arnault family’s L Catterton in rumoured Birkenstock takeover bid

Birkenstock, the sixth-generation family-owned business and the German footwear industry’s largest employer, could be the next $4.8 billion acquisition by the Arnault family’s private equity firm.

January 29, 2021

Family distanced in revamped Ferragamo board amid slumping revenues, Rupert Murdoch ‘far from done’ at News Corp and warns of woke censorship, Crisis strategy helps H&M recover from lockdowns.

Family distanced in revamped Ferragamo board amid slumping revenues

The Ferragamo family is expected to streamline the management board of its luxury goods brand as it attempts to rally from the coronavirus impact on its global revenues.

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