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Ownership and Management

October 8, 2014

The billionaire founder of Europe’s largest shoe retailer, Heinz-Horst Deichmann, has died in Essen, Germany, at the age of 88.

The billionaire founder of Europe’s largest shoe retailer, Heinz-Horst Deichmann, has died in Essen, Germany, at the age of 88.

A keen philanthropist who had an estimated net worth of $4.2 billion (€3.3 billion), Deichmann transformed his father’s cobblers business into the best-known footwear seller on in Europe, with estimated sales of $6 billion in 2013.

September 3, 2014

A luxury fashion expert says Luxottica’s founder most likely had his business’s future at heart when ousting the sunglass empire’s non-family chief executive last week, despite media speculation that the exit was personal.   

A luxury fashion expert says Luxottica’s founder most likely had his business’s future at heart when ousting the sunglass empire’s non-family chief executive last week, despite media speculation that the exit was personal.

The Italian eyewear firm, which has annual revenues of €7.3 billion and includes brands such as Oakley and Ray-Ban, was brought to prominence during Andrew Guerra’s decade-long tenure. 

September 3, 2014

The last member of the family that owned US newspaper Washington Post for eight decades, before its sale to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos last year, is to step down as publisher of the former family business by the end of this month, the company has this week revealed.

The last member of the family that owned US newspaper Washington Post for eight decades, before its sale to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos last year, is to step down as publisher of the former family business by the end of this month, the company has this week revealed.

Katharine Weymouth had been part of the business, bought by her great-grandfather in 1933, for 17 years and had been in her current role as chief executive and publisher for seven years.

August 29, 2014

Business-owning family members become less focused on financial wealth with age and increase the value they place on relationships within the company, new research out of the US has revealed.

Business-owning family members become less focused on financial wealth with age and increase the value they place on relationships within the company, new research out of the US has revealed.

The academic paper, published in a recent edition of Family Business Review, also revealed the results had knock-on effects for the type of people families go to for advice about their business, which could affect their companies’ ability to meet challenges down the road.

August 22, 2014

The future of Luxottica’s non-family chief executive is up in the air due to reported tension with the family-owned firm’s founder over the strategic direction of the company.

The future of Luxottica’s non-family chief executive is up in the air due to reported tension with the family-owned firm’s founder over the strategic direction of the company.

Luxottica, which has annual revenues of €7.3 billion, includes brands such as Oakley, Ray-Ban and Oliver Peoples among its empire. It also has over 7,000 retail outlets operating under different banners including Sunglass Hut and OPSM.

August 4, 2014

Portugal’s government has announced a €4.9 billion plan to save family-controlled Banco Espirito Santo, the country’s largest listed bank, after a series of financial scandals threatened to run the 94-year-old lender into the ground. 

Portugal’s government has announced a €4.9 billion plan to save family-controlled Banco Espirito Santo, the country’s largest listed bank, after a series of financial scandals threatened to run the 94-year-old lender into the ground.

But while taxpayers and senior creditors will be protected in the package, shareholders, particularly the Espirito Santo family, and junior bondholders will be left with toxic assets.

July 30, 2014

The ousted chief executive of US supermarket chain Market Basket has gained a level of support from employees that is uncommon outside of family businesses, according to a Harvard Business School academic.

The ousted chief executive of US supermarket chain Market Basket has gained a level of support from employees that is uncommon outside of family businesses, according to a Harvard Business School academic.

Staff and customers have been boycotting the multi-billion dollar company since Arthur S Demoulas, who owns 51% of the company, removed his cousin Arthur T Demoulas from office last month, arguing that a popular profit-sharing scheme was cutting into shareholder profits.

July 23, 2014

Family businesses are more nimble and better able to respond to crises than non-family businesses, according to a new academic paper, which uses as a case study the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

Family businesses are more nimble and better able to respond to crises than non-family businesses, according to a new academic paper, which uses as a case study the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

July 21, 2014

The Forbes family has sold a controlling stake in its eponymous media empire to a Hong Kong-based consortium of international investors, bringing to an end 97 years of family ownership. 

The Forbes family has sold a controlling stake in its eponymous media empire to a Hong Kong-based consortium of international investors, bringing to an end 97 years of family ownership.

According to a statement released on Friday, the Forbes family will maintain a “significant stake” in the firm, while newly formed Integrated Whale Media Investments will assume control for an undisclosed figure.

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