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March 11, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, Peloton founder John Foley sells shares to Dell family firm; Barry Sternlicht family office invests in hotel software; and former Abbot Downing family office head Jack Ginter launches service for UHNW clients.

Peloton co-founder sells stock worth $50 million to Michael Dell family firm

John Foley, the co-founder of fitness titan Peloton, has sold $50 million of his personal company stock to Michael Dell’s family investment firm.

The sale comes just a few weeks after Foley stepped down as chief executive, after Peloton lost more than 80% of its market value over the course of a year. Shares in the New York-based equipment and media company have lost about 75% of their value in the past 12 months.

January 27, 2022

The estate of the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen expands its investment management group, Oyo founder Ritesh Agarwal gets into agritech and family office Alpha Blue Ocean signs a new financing agreement.

Paul Allen’s family office expands its investment management group

Vulcan Inc., the family office of the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, has expanded and renamed its investment management group.

Vulcan Capital has been retitled Cercano Management and is positioned as a public markets, private equity, private credit and real estate investment-advisory firm to ultra high net worth individuals, with managed assets totaling $7.7 billion. 

November 18, 2021

Juergen Heraeus describes himself as “just a shareholder” since he stepped down as chairman of the supervisory board of Heraeus Group after two decades last year. However, that modestly underestimates his revolutionary stewardship of the $3.5 billion family-owned giant, which celebrates its 200th anniversary as a company in 2051.

Juergen Heraeus describes himself as “just a shareholder” since he stepped down as chairman of the supervisory board of Heraeus Group after two decades last year. However, that modestly underestimates his revolutionary stewardship of the $3.5 billion family-owned giant, which celebrates its 200th anniversary as a company in 2051.

November 15, 2021

Rogers Communications won’t challenge court ruling on family boardroom battle, Primark-owning Weston family plans overseas expansion, Li Ka-shing family bets on Bamford’s green hydrogen fund.

Rogers Communications won’t challenge court ruling on family boardroom battle

The Rogers family behind their eponymous $24 billion Canadian telecoms giant has been embroiled in a damaging public feud which could jeopardise a $26 billion merger with fellow family-controlled telecom company Shaw Communications.

November 8, 2021

Godrej family set to divide $4.1 billion empire, James Packer admits “oversights” and should have quit Crown Resorts, Luxury-leaning Exor to sell PartnerRe to Covea for $9 billion in revived deal.

Godrej family set to divide $4.1 billion empire

Godrej Group, the $4.1 billion family-controlled empire that declares it positively impacts the lives of one-third of India’s population every day, looks set to be amicably split between two branches.

The fourth-generation families of patriarch Adi Godrej (pictured left), 79, and his younger brother Nadir Godrej (pictured below), 70, are working on dividing the 124-year-old diversified group with their cousins Jamshyd Godrej, 72, and Smitha Godrej Crishna, 71, insiders reported.

October 18, 2021

Walmart heir Lukas Walton makes impact investments in food and environment sustainability, Chick-fil-A heiress joins Cathy family’s billionaire ranks, Family-owned Ferrero sweetens investments in US and UK.

Walmart heir Lukas Walton makes impact investments in food and environment sustainability

Lukas Walton, a next generation member of the Walmart dynasty, has launched a new impact investing platform inspired by the all-natural diet he says helped him recover from cancer as a child.

October 18, 2021

Over the last 20 months, family businesses have experienced unprecedented levels of disruption caused by outside forces. Certainly, Covid-19 has been the leading cause of this turmoil, but a confluence of economic, geopolitical and environmental threats has also caused savvy families to galvanise around resource preservation and the enhancement of family cohesion and reputation.

Over the last 20 months, family businesses have experienced unprecedented levels of disruption caused by outside forces. Certainly, Covid-19 has been the leading cause of this turmoil, but a confluence of economic, geopolitical and environmental threats has also caused savvy families to galvanise around resource preservation and the enhancement of family cohesion and reputation.

July 30, 2021

Porsche family joins billionaire space race with rocket investment, Amancio Ortega’s Inditex fortunes fall and rise with Covid-19 restrictions, Weston family puts Selfridges on the auction block for $5.5 billion.

Porsche family joins billionaire space race with rocket investment

The Porsche family is backing the European rocket launch startup Isar Aerospace Technologies with an eye on the spin-off innovations from easier access to space.

July 22, 2021

Many articles or speeches about family businesses include a reference to the “three-generation rule,” which says that most don’t survive beyond three generations. But that perception could not be further from the truth.

If you’re a fan of the HBO show Succession, or if you’re aware of the conflicts playing out publicly and perennially among some of the most visible family businesses in the world—think the Murdochs or Sumner Redstone’s family—you might assume that family businesses are more fragile than other forms of enterprise.

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