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November 26, 2021

In 1925, Vincent Massey, the scion of one of the wealthiest families in Canada, did something that Ed Rogers today would find unthinkable. He quit.

In 1925, Vincent Massey, the scion of one of the wealthiest families in Canada, did something that Ed Rogers today would find unthinkable.

He quit.

Massey (pictured below right) was the fourth-generation heir to his family’s Massey-Harris farm equipment company, then already well on its way to becoming Canada’s first truly global firm. Despite this, Massey decided that his future lay not in tractors, but in public service and philanthropy. He later became governor general of Canada.

October 20, 2021

For fans of the hit HBO TV show Succession, the process of proactively handing over a family run business to the next generation probably looks anything but straightforward.

For fans of the hit HBO TV show Succession, the process of proactively handing over a family run business to the next generation probably looks anything but straightforward.

Warring siblings, hidden secrets and ulterior motives make for great television, but an undoubtedly difficult situation for fictional media tycoon Logan Roy, played by Brian Cox, to deal with.

August 6, 2021

Frasers Group founder Mike Ashley anoints daughter’s fiance as successor, Toennies family cancels meat business exit, Murdoch family’s News Corp to buy Oil Price Information Service for $1.15 billion.

Frasers Group founder Mike Ashley anoints daughter’s fiance as successor

British billionaire Mike Ashley will make way for his future son-in-law as the head of his international $4.1 billion retail empire.

July 19, 2021

Founding Rothermere family mulls bid to take Daily Mail group private again, Ali Group merges with Welbilt after founder Luciano Berti dies aged 89, Arnault family’s L Catterton tipped to acquire Etro family business.

Founding Rothermere family mulls bid to take Daily Mail group private again

The British aristocratic billionaire Rothermere family could privately own the bestselling Daily Mail newspaper it founded after almost 90 years if the influential newspaper’s owner sells its insurance and financial assets.

June 27, 2021

Melia Hotels International announces bullish recovery plan, Lego builds on $400 million sustainability effort with recycled bricks, Christoph Mohn succeeds mother as new ‘speaker of the family’ at Bertelsmann.

Melia Hotels International announces bullish recovery plan

The Escarrer family principal of Melia Hotels International has declared flexible expansion, digitalisation and sustainability as the key drivers behind the Spanish hotel chain’s recovery from 15 months of Covid-19 restrictions.

May 24, 2021

Heineken brews acquisition of South Africa’s Distell Group, Berlusconi family's Fininvest exits Mediobanca, Nathan Cummings Foundation calls for racial equality in impact investing.

Heineken brews acquisition of South Africa’s Distell Group

Family-owned Heineken, the world’s second-largest brewer, could buy a majority share of a unique $1.8 billion South African wine and spirits company, making the deal its second acquisition in 2021.

The fourth-generation Dutch beer maker confirmed last week it is in talks with Distell Group Holdings over a “potential transaction”. The $23.7 billion brewer added discussions were ongoing and there was no certainty an agreement would be reached.

May 17, 2021

Mexican billionaire Alberto Bailleres transfers empire to son, Peter Harf succeeded by young deal-maker at Reimann family’s JAB Holding, James Packer’s Crown Resorts leans towards Star merger and away from Blackstone takeover.

Mexican billionaire Alberto Bailleres transfers empire to son

Alberto Bailleres, the fourth wealthiest person in Mexico, has made way for his son as the principal of his business conglomerate Grupo Bal after more than five decades.

Businessman Bailleres (pictured), 89, stepped down as president from the group and its diversified companies with immediate effect during a board meeting in late April. He and his family are worth $9.6 billion, according to Forbes.

February 17, 2021

From the onset of the new millennium, business leaders have been increasingly interested in ‘purpose’—the idea that they might look beyond the profit motive alone to consider why the business exists and what purpose it serves. 

From the onset of the new millennium, business leaders have been increasingly interested in ‘purpose’—the idea that they might look beyond the profit motive alone to consider why the business exists and what purpose it serves. 

The idea was given popular force by business author Simon Sinek, whose 2009 book Start with Why visualised business purpose as a ‘Golden Circle’—actually, three concentric circles, with WHY in the inside circle, HOW in the middle and WHAT in the outside circle.

February 16, 2021

Family offices can act as reliable providers of direct company equity and debt funding to successful private businesses who are finding it difficult to find sustainable sources of efficiently priced capital  from institutional providers currently caught up with responding to Covid liquidity requirements for public companies and governmental agencies. 

Family offices can act as reliable providers of direct company equity and debt funding to successful private businesses who are finding it difficult to find sustainable sources of efficiently priced capital  from institutional providers currently caught up with responding to Covid liquidity requirements for public companies and governmental agencies.

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