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October 23, 2012

Robert Scripps, the last third-gen at media group EH Scripps, has died aged 94. His death means the family trust, of which he was a member, will be dissolved.

Robert Scripps, the last third-gen at media group EH Scripps, has died aged 94. His death means the family trust, of which he was a member, will be dissolved.

However, while the trust no longer exists, the Scripps family will continue to retain control. A statement by the company, which owns newspapers as well as television stations, said all the assets held by the Edward W Scripps Trust – which include common and voting shares – will be transferred to the next generation of the family.

October 11, 2012

Mario Clementoni, who founded the eponymous Italian toy-maker famous for its educational games, died on 10 October aged 87 at his home in Recanati, Italy.

Mario Clementoni, who founded the eponymous Italian toy-maker famous for its educational games, died on 10 October aged 87 at his home in Recanati, Italy.

Clementoni, who used to say that “you should never stop playing, especially when you get older”, was born in 1925 in Potenza Picena, a small town near Recanati.

After his schooling, he started working in a harmonica factory but left in 1956 to export musical instruments from Italy.

October 1, 2012

Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, well known for reshaping and expanding the New York Times Company, died on 29 September aged 86 after a long illness.

Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, well known for reshaping and expanding the New York Times Company, died on 29 September aged 86 after a long illness.

August 20, 2012

Patrick Ricard, who oversaw the rapid expansion of global wine and spirits company Pernod Ricard, died on 17 August aged 67.

Patrick Ricard, who oversaw the rapid expansion of global wine and spirits company Pernod Ricard, died on 17 August aged 67.

July 4, 2012

Sergio Pininfarina, who took over the eponymous car design firm founded by his father and created some of the most iconic Ferraris and Maseratis in the world, died on 2 July at the age of 85.

Sergio Pininfarina, who took over the eponymous car design firm founded by his father and created some of the most iconic Ferraris and Maseratis in the world, died on 2 July at the age of 85.

He died at his home in Turin surrounded by his family, the Cambiano, Italy-based company said in a statement on 3 July.

Born in Turin in 1926, Sergio was the son of Gian Battista “Pinin” Farina, a carriage-maker who established Carrozzeria Pinin Farina during the 1930s.

June 27, 2012

George Hearst Jr, who served as a director of media conglomerate Hearst Corporation for more than 50 years, died on 25 June at the age of 84. 

George Hearst Jr, who served as a director of media conglomerate Hearst Corporation for more than 50 years, died on 25 June at the age of 84.

Hearst died of complications from a stroke at the Stanford University Medical Centre in Palo Alto, California, the family-controlled company said in a statement on 25 June.

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.

June 13, 2012

Liem Sioe Liong, founder of family business Salim Group, has died at the age of 95 at his home in Singapore.

Liem Sioe Liong, founder of family business Salim Group, has died at the age of 95 at his home in Singapore.

The son of a farmer, Liem, also known as Sudono Salim, was born in 1916 in Fujian, China, and followed his brother to Indonesia at the age of 20.

He made his fortune thanks to close links with the Suharto regime in Indonesia, but had to flee his adopted country in 1998 as riots erupted following the fall of his patron.

May 2, 2012

Harold Pupkewitz, who took over the family business founded by his father and turned it into one of Namibia’s biggest private companies, died on 27 April aged 96.

Harold Pupkewitz, who took over the family business founded by his father and turned it into one of Namibia’s biggest private companies, died on 27 April aged 96.

Pupkewitz, who according to reports in the local press died from a heart attack in the Roman Catholic Hospital of Windhoek, was the executive chairman of Pupkewitz Holding since it was founded in 1946.

Born in Vilnius, in what is now Lithuania in 1915, Pupkewitz and his family moved to South-West Africa (now Namibia) when he was nine.

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