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October 6, 2008

Media pundits and trend predictors have turned their sharp focus on the family office of late. It’s as if they’ve stumbled across an undiscovered country or a new form of intelligent life. And for many, that’s exactly what the family office appears to be.

Media pundits and trend predictors have turned their sharp focus on the family office of late. It's as if they've stumbled across an undiscovered country or a new form of intelligent life. And for many, that's exactly what the family office appears to be. Something hitherto unknown. As a result, much of the reporting and commentary can seem light at best. At worst, it completely misses the point.

October 2, 2008

The growth of “absolute return” funds over the past few years can in part be put down to their optimistic title as well as some fortunate timing with unsettled equity markets.

The growth of "absolute return" funds over the past few years can in part be put down to their optimistic title as well as some fortunate timing with unsettled equity markets. However, despite this popularity many are confused and there does not even seem to be a clearly agreed definition of them.

September 29, 2008

Making good on our promise to bring you something extra special for this launch issue of Campden FB we’ve pulled out all the stops.

Making good on our promise to bring you something extra special for this launch issue of Campden FB we've pulled out all the stops. As Families in Business, we brought you incisive interviews with some of the top names in family business. George Vanderbilt, Christof Bosch, Bill Ford, Andrea Illy, JW Marriot Jr and Giuseppe Lavazza are just some of the names that have graced our pages. We've even thrown in a few famous family celebrities over the years, like Paul Newman and Playboy heiress Christie Hefner.

September 24, 2008

Over the past few decades family offices have largely been able to go about their business well under the media's radar. Unfortunately, in today's world that is a view that looks increasingly anachronistic, if not downright foolish.

Over the past few decades family offices have largely been able to go about their business well under the media's radar. The view has been that as long as family members are happy and what they do complies with the law, then their activities are no business of anyone else's. On rare occasions when family offices have received inquiries from the mainstream media, the response has been a medium-polite "no comment" at best and, more often, no response at all. Quite right too, you might think, all well and good, that is exactly as it should be.

September 18, 2008

Artist Charlotte Mann grew up around people talking about art. Her parents are both landscape painters and her brother is a photographer and film-maker. “Ever since I was a child, we’d always have an input in our father’s paintings,” she says.

Claire Adler is a freelance journalist based in London. She specialises in writing about luxury, especially jewellery, watches and design.

Artist Charlotte Mann grew up around people talking about art. Her parents are both landscape painters and her brother is a photographer and film-maker.

September 11, 2008

On 9 August, the first full day of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, an American family business leader, Todd Bachman, 62, was stabbed to death in a random attack, and his wife was severely wounded.

Gregory G. Greenleaf is a senior associate of The Family Business Consulting Group and the former president of the Walter J Greenleaf Co, a distributor serving the metal cutting and manufacturing industry.

John Ward is a co-founder of the Family Business Consulting Group Inc.® Ward is a clinical professor at the Kellogg School of Management where he teaches strategic management, business leadership, and family enterprise continuity. He is an active researcher, speaker, and consultant on family succession, ownership, governance, and philanthropy.

September 4, 2008

When the Duke of Sutherland recently announced he would sell the two Titians out of his collection, art investors and collectors immediately started salivating. Combined, the two works could fetch upwards of €370 million.

Bruce Love is editor-in-chief (wealth) of Campden Publishing.

August 28, 2008

With all the reluctance of an ancient creaking door, the old secret banking vaults around the globe are slowly being prised open. One does not have to go too far back to remember the traditional attitude to banking privacy.

Justin Urquhart Stewart is a co-founder and director of Seven Investment Management based in in Mayfair, London.

August 22, 2008

Many of us spend time bemoaning the sticky fingers of activist investors, with their meddling manipulation of family businesses. The intrusive nature of outside influences trying to affect change on age-old companies is a issue families.

Bruce Love is editor-in-chief (wealth) of Campden Publishing.

Many of us spend a lot of time bemoaning the sticky fingers of activist investors, with their meddling manipulation of family businesses. The intrusive nature of outside influences trying to affect change on age-old companies is a growing issue for more and more families.

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