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June 11, 2021

Mills family sells majority Medline stake in $34 billion private equity ‘club deal’, Ferrero takes another bite out of biscuit market with $509 million Burton’s deal, Auto heiress Alexandra Ford English becomes first female Ford director.

Mills family sells majority Medline stake in $34 billion private equity ‘club deal’

The fourth-generation Mills family which owns Medline Industries, the largest US privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare supplies, looks set to seal one of the largest private equity deals since the Global Financial Crisis.

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.

January 14, 2021

The next generation of leaders have a vision for the future which is different to their parents and more strategic, says next-gen social entrepreneur Olga Vysokova.

The next generation of leaders have a vision for the future which is different to their parents and more strategic, says next-gen social entrepreneur Olga Vysokova.

Vysokova, a London-based financial services professional, worked for her parent’s family business for more than a decade and co-founded the Global Next Gen Community in 2019.

December 19, 2020

Marriott International scores its ESG performance, Henkel opens its ideas factory, Kering rebounds with e-commerce and growth in North America and China.

Marriott International scores its ESG performance

Family-controlled Marriott International, Inc, the largest lodging company in the world, says it has achieved its goal of spending $500 million with women-owned businesses one year ahead of schedule and spent nearly a billion dollars with diverse- and women-owned businesses.

The goal was among the highlights in its 2020 Serve 360 Report released this month on its diversity, volunteerism and other environmental, social and governance activities.

November 20, 2020

It was family business as usual. Two founding brothers running their enterprise with their four children—two daughters and two sons—in different stages of being groomed to take up important positions. The elders continued to occupy leadership roles and their trusted advisers made sure that the power of decision was always retained by them.

It was family business as usual. Two founding brothers running their enterprise with their four children—two daughters and two sons—in different stages of being groomed to take up important positions. The elders continued to occupy leadership roles and their trusted advisers made sure that the power of decision was always retained by them.

March 23, 2020

The boards of family businesses need to step up their professionalisation to broaden succession planning, introduce the next generation and improve the gender mix, says a leading international family business consultant.

The boards of family businesses need to step up their professionalisation to broaden succession planning, introduce the next generation and improve the gender mix, says a leading international family business consultant.

September 25, 2019

Rapid growth in the number of ultra-wealthy individuals worldwide has slowed to a crawl and their total wealth has dropped for the first time in three years to $32.3 trillion.

Rapid growth in the number of ultra-wealthy individuals worldwide has slowed to a crawl and their total wealth has dropped for the first time in three years to $32.3 trillion.

May 24, 2019

Britain’s biggest family businesses are stymied in entrepreneurialism by their older and less diverse boards of directors compared to their public company rivals.

Britain’s biggest family businesses are stymied in entrepreneurialism by their older and less diverse boards of directors compared to their public company rivals.

The average female representation on a UK family board was as low as 12%, much lower compared to all FTSE 100 companies at 23%, according to a new report out this week on the corporate governance arrangements of the country’s largest family firms by turnover.

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