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November 7, 2011

John Randolph Hearst Jr, grandson of the founder of media conglomerate Hearst Corporation, died on 5 November aged 77.

John Randolph Hearst Jr, grandson of the founder of media conglomerate Hearst Corporation, died on 5 November aged 77.

Hearst, who was a trustee of the family’s foundation and a member of the family business’s board of directors, joined the media group in the 1950s. He began as a photographer for a newspaper owned by Hearst Corporation and later moved on to work within other newspaper divisions of the group.

October 31, 2011

Robert Pritzker, the businessman who co-founded the Marmon Group and the patriarch of one of the richest families in the world, died on 27 October at the age of 85.

Robert Pritzker, the businessman who co-founded the Marmon Group and the patriarch of one of the richest families in the world, died on 27 October at the age of 85.

Pritzker died of Parkinson’s disease in a nursing facility in Chicago, his assistant Becky Spooner said in a statement.

Today, the Pritzkers are one of the world’s wealthiest families, with 11 members on the 2011 Forbes 400 list of the richest Americans.

October 19, 2011

Halewood, one of Britain's biggest independent drinks firms, will remain a family business despite the death of the company’s founder and majority shareholder, John Halweood, who died on 15 October at the age of 64.

Halewood, one of Britain's biggest independent drinks firms, will remain a family business despite the death of the company’s founder and majority shareholder, John Halweood, who died on 15 October at the age of 64.

Managing director Andy Smallman confirmed that the ownership and control of the group will remain with the Halewood family, in accordance with its founder's wishes.

October 19, 2011

Carl Lindner Jr, who first transformed his family’s dairy business into a large chain before branching out to form financial services company American Financial Group, died on 17 October aged 92.

Carl Lindner Jr, who first transformed his family’s dairy business into a large chain before branching out to form financial services company American Financial Group, died on 17 October aged 92.

Lindner’s career began in 1940 when he joined his parents’ cash-and-carry dairy market business at the age of 21. He was instrumental in expanding the milk delivery company into a chain of convenience stores.

September 28, 2011

Owsley Brown II, former chairman and chief executive of family-controlled wine and liquor company Brown-Forman, died on 26 September aged 69.

Owsley Brown II, former chairman and chief executive of family-controlled wine and liquor company Brown-Forman, died on 26 September aged 69.

The great-grandson of the founder of the company, Brown died after a brief illness, said a statement by the American beverage group.

Brown, who started his career at the family business in 1968, became its chief executive in 1993 and took over as chairman two years later.

May 16, 2011

Wallace McCain, co-founder of Canadian frozen food empire McCain Foods and chairman of Maple Leaf Foods, died on 13 May aged 81.

Wallace McCain, co-founder of Canadian frozen food empire McCain Foods and chairman of Maple Leaf Foods, died on 13 May aged 81.

McCain died after a long battle with cancer and is survived by his wife, four children and nine grandchildren.

McCain founded the eponymous family business along with his brother Harrison in New Brunswick, Canada in 1956. In its first year, the company had sales of around $150,000, and in the 1960s it started offering its frozen potato products to consumers outside Canada.

April 20, 2011

Edward Stobart, who died in March at the age of 56, transformed the image of trucking and truckers in the UK during the 30 years he ran the eponymous family business.

Edward Stobart, who died in March at the age of 56, transformed the image of trucking and truckers in the UK during the 30 years he ran the eponymous family business.

Edward left school at 15 to join his father’s company, which began as an agricultural supplies business in the 1950s based in Cumbria in northern England. He began driving tipper trucks working on the construction of the M6 motorway and soon saw the opportunity to expand the haulage side of the business.

April 1, 2011

Edward Stobart, the trucking magnate who is credited with growing his father's business into an international concern, died on 31 March aged 56.

Edward Stobart, the trucking magnate who is credited with growing his father's business into an international concern, died on 31 March aged 56.

The Stobart Group said in a statement that Edward died due to heart problems and is survived by his parents, wife and children.

Eddie Stobard Ltd was founded in the 1950s by Eddie Stobart Sr. What began as a small agri-business, grew to become a household name in UK haulage. Second-generation Edward was instrumental in expanding the UK-based group's operations to include haulage.

January 24, 2011

Albert Heijn, the man responsible for turning his family’s Dutch grocery chain into the international retailing giant Royal Ahold, passed away on 13 January aged 83.

Albert Heijn, the man responsible for turning his family's Dutch grocery chain into the international retailing giant Royal Ahold, passed away on 13 January aged 83.

Heijn joined the family business in 1949 as a salesman, working his way up to become chief executive in 1962. The family business traces its roots back to 1887 when Heijn's grandfather started a grocery store in the Netherlands. Today, Ahold is among the biggest retail chains in the country with more than 800 outlets, and owns more than 3,000 supermarkets world-wide.

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