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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.

July 17, 2021

One of the greatest challenges any business experiences in transforming from a profitable small business to a legacy enterprise is navigating the waters of succession. An effective succession plan requires more than just moving names around on an org chart or a legal charter. To invest in its future, a family enterprise must build the power of its brand.

Many family enterprises develop strong branding around their visionary founders. But what happens to this brand when the next generation assumes leadership? We explore how a family enterprise should build the power of its brand in conjunction with succession planning.

July 8, 2021

Up until March 2020, family business transformation would have been a major programme of change, mapped out well in advance and considered carefully by the leadership team. After all, it is defined it as a strategic change made to respond to an exceptional event and my team label it a "high-risk" corporate activity.

Up until March 2020, family business transformation would have been a major programme of change, mapped out well in advance and considered carefully by the leadership team. After all, it is defined it as a strategic change made to respond to an exceptional event and my team label it a "high-risk" corporate activity.

And then came the pandemic. It accelerated some trends at a pace we couldn’t have imagined—volatility and speed of market change is causing the creation and disappearance of business models faster than ever.

June 28, 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 27, 2021

In the family council meeting in a city in India, the patriarch of the fast-moving consumer goods family business proudly proclaimed: “I have blocked a bed, nurse, doctor, oxygen cylinder and injection, which will be available for anyone of us if we fall prey to Covid-19. I’m not taking any chances.”

In the family council meeting in a city in India, the patriarch of the fast-moving consumer goods family business proudly proclaimed: “I have blocked a bed, nurse, doctor, oxygen cylinder and injection, which will be available for anyone of us if we fall prey to Covid-19. I’m not taking any chances.”

A hand went up: “Uncle, what if more than one of us needed it at the same time?” He smiled and said not to worry.

May 3, 2021

Samsung’s Lee family to pay $10.8 billion inheritance tax bill, Ferruccio Ferragamo passes leadership torch to brother Leonardo Ferragamo, Fifth-gen Robert Buchbauer declares Swarovski sustainability goals.

Samsung’s Lee family to pay $10.8 billion inheritance tax bill

The family of late Samsung patriarch Lee Kun-hee has unveiled an instalment plan to pay its 12 trillion won ($10.8 billion) inheritance tax bill, to include large donations to South Korean healthcare and museums.

April 26, 2021

Sir James Dyson defends ventilators texts to PM Boris Johnson, Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli “remains convinced” by European Super League, Chinese and US shoppers boost luxury sector recovery for Kering, Hermes and LVMH.

Sir James Dyson defends ventilators texts to PM Boris Johnson

Sir James Dyson says he neither sought nor received any benefit from Boris Johnson when he was asked by the UK’s prime minister to build £20 million ($27.7 million) worth of ventilators early in the national Covid-19 emergency.

April 23, 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.

April 1, 2021

Elisabetta Fabri, family principal of the private Italian luxury hospitality group Starhotels, is helping women in business achieve their potential by launching a new vocational training initiative.

Elisabetta Fabri, family principal of the private Italian luxury hospitality group Starhotels, is helping women in business achieve their potential by launching a new vocational training initiative.

The programme was among the measures by the multi award-winning second-generation president and chief executive in response to the impacts of Covid-19 on the world’s hotel, travel and tourism industries.

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