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February 20, 2021

William Clay Ford Jr, the family principal behind the motor giant’s electrification, Record revenue accelerates Walton family’s Walmart strategy, Sheldon Adelson heirs unlikely to gamble on his casino empire’s future.

William Clay Ford Jr, the family principal behind the motor giant’s electrification

The $1 billion electric vehicle transformation by the Ford Motor Company in Europe is a vindication for its fourth-generation executive chairman, William Clay Ford Jr, a lifelong environmentalist.

The $155.9 billion family-controlled automaker announced this week all of its passenger and commercial vehicle ranges in Europe will be zero-emissions capable—all-electric or plug-in hybrid—by 2026, moving to entirely electric by 2030.

February 13, 2021

Arnault family’s L Catterton in rumoured Birkenstock takeover bid, Mining magnate Gina Rinehart backs lithium venture, Rocketing e-commerce powers L’Oreal recovery.

Arnault family’s L Catterton in rumoured Birkenstock takeover bid

Birkenstock, the sixth-generation family-owned business and the German footwear industry’s largest employer, could be the next $4.8 billion acquisition by the Arnault family’s private equity firm.

February 6, 2021

Danish Povlsen family’s Bestseller in UK Asos Top Shop deal, German family-controlled Bertelsmann mulls sale of French media group M6, Google co-founder Sergey Brin joins billionaire rush for Singapore family offices.

Danish Povlsen family Bestseller in UK Asos Top Shop deal

Anders Holch Povlsen, the second-generation Danish online retail billionaire, is behind the £295 million ($403 million) acquisition for UK high street names Topshop, Topman and Miss Selfridge.

January 15, 2021

Chung family driving Hyundai make $2 billion on Apple tie-up reports, Bacardi raises the bar on post-Covid ‘mindful drinking’ trend, Associated British Foods stares at $1.4 billion sales loss but rules out Primark e-commerce.

Chung family driving Hyundai make $2 billion on Apple tie-up reports

The Chung family in control of Hyundai became almost $2 billion better off when South Korean media reported the automaker was in early talks of a partnership with Apple, Inc.

Share prices in Hyundai Motor Co soared by up to 25% in Seoul last week, which boosted the family fortunes of Euisun Chung (picture), 50, chairman, and his father, Mong-Koo, 82. Together they hold about 8% of stock in the group, but maintain influence through complex governance arrangements.

December 21, 2020

The author of a new book on international attitudes to the rich warns the wealthy are already being called on to pay for the coronavirus pandemic and are a minority in danger of being scapegoated.

The author of a new book on international attitudes to the rich warns the wealthy are already being called on to pay for the coronavirus pandemic and are a minority in danger of being scapegoated.

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.

December 2, 2020

How do attitudes towards the rich differ in the United Kingdom, France, Germany and the United States? The wealthy and ultra-wealthy are increasingly the targets of criticism and, as often in history, they become scapegoats for negative social developments, says renowned German author and journalist Rainer Zitelmann.

How do attitudes towards the rich differ in the United Kingdom, France, Germany and the United States? The wealthy and ultra-wealthy are increasingly the targets of criticism and, as often in history, they become scapegoats for negative social developments, says renowned German author and journalist Rainer Zitelmann.

November 13, 2020

Leibinger family’s Trumpf leads global quantum breakthrough, lockdown book lovers help stabilise Bertelsmann revenues, Reimann family’s JAB Holding sells Coty stake as portfolio hits turbulence.

Leibinger family’s Trumpf leads global quantum breakthrough

The Leibinger family behind the German high-tech company Trumpf says its world-first quantum optical sensor will lead to completely new industrial applications from next year.

November 8, 2020

Digitalisation, flexibility and safety keep Melia’s doors open against drop in revenue, Otto Group ‘bounces back’ off e-commerce acceleration, Clark family rescue shoe business with LionRock Capital deal.

Digitalisation, flexibility and safety keep Melia’s doors open against drop in revenue

Spain’s Escarrer family is determined to improve the competitiveness and efficiencies of its global hotel business after counting the cost of the “terrible” impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the travel industry.

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