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March 4, 2013

Frank Wang, 32, founder and CEO of LuxSea, on luxury, entrepreneurship and why China could be the new Japan.

Frank Wang (pictured, below), 32, founder and CEO of LuxSea, on luxury, entrepreneurship and why China could be the new Japan.

My family business is in the energy sector. My grandfather was the founder of Huaneng Group, which is one of the biggest electricity generating companies in Asia. It was the first Chinese company to go public on the NYSE and is in the Fortune 500.

February 28, 2013

Ethan Koh, the 25-year-old fourth-generation tanner and founder of a London-based fashion business, on modern luxury, artisanship — and how to pick the perfect crocodile skin.

Ethan Koh, the 25-year-old fourth-generation tanner and founder of a London-based fashion business, on modern luxury, artisanship — and how to pick the perfect crocodile skin.

February 27, 2013

Mathilde Thomas and her husband’s beauty brand has conquered France. America is next.

New York, a week after Superstorm Sandy, and the morning of Obama’s re-election. In her new store in a prime corner location on the Upper East Side, Mathilde Thomas is lining up bottles of Caudalie skincare products with the precision of a chemist. A digital display shows the view from her bedroom at her family’s vineyard, Château Smith Haut Lafitte, with leaves rippling in the breeze. The central counter is made from wine barrels and the wallpaper is decorated with pictures of the varieties of grapes the family grows.

December 18, 2012

Angus Thirlwell, co-founder of Hotel Chocolat, reckons watching his father do business gave him a taste for entrepreneurship. He talks to CampdenFB about risks, chocolate and not following family expectations. 

Angus Thirlwell, 49, is co-founder of Hotel Chocolat.

November 16, 2012

Want to know more about the family businesses on our Global Challengers 2012 list? Here are six of the best. 

Fifty family businesses made our Global Challengers 2012 list. Here’s six of the best:

Scholz Group
Scholz family

November 8, 2012

Nakumatt is a Kenya-based family-run retailer. It wants to be the Walmart of Africa. CampdenFB speaks to Atul Shah about the family’s ambitions – and his Olympic plans. 

Atul Shah, the chief executive of east African retailer Nakumatt, is in the middle of an animated discussion with Olympic medallist Paul Tergat. Over a pot of English breakfast tea, Shah is telling his fellow Kenyan – who held the world marathon record between 2003 and 2007 – that they’ve got a lot of work to do. There are many people to speak to, to get on board, says Shah, if his vision is to be realised.

October 18, 2012

The Argentinian empire founded by an accidental immigrant is an international player, thanks to its charismatic patriarch. CampdenFB speaks to the man behind one of the fastest growing family businesses in the world.

Enrique Pescarmona is a man who likes numbers. So much so that when asked what he thinks of people who are sceptical of wind farms and hydro power, the head of Argentinian energy business Impsa quickly asks for the loan of a pen and paper and begins scribbling down a series of figures. “It is easy to talk, but most people don’t like to put numbers to things,” he says. “But you cannot fool with numbers.”

July 31, 2012

Bond Street in London’s West End is awash with bunting. Hung from one side of the street to the other, Union Jacks are blowing in a gentle breeze. This is London’s year – and Bond Street, famed the world over for its high-end stores, is in a celebratory mood. So too is family business Boodles. 

Bond Street in London’s West End is awash with bunting. Hung from one side of the street to the other, Union Jacks are blowing in a gentle breeze. This is London’s year – and Bond Street, famed the world over for its high-end stores, is in a celebratory mood.

July 24, 2012

Ask anyone what products they associate Switzerland with and they would probably mention cuckoo clocks, Swiss army knives and watches, but also chocolate. Indeed, some of the best chocolate in the world.

Ask anyone what products they associate Switzerland with and they would probably mention cuckoo clocks, Swiss army knives and watches, but also chocolate. Indeed, some of the best chocolate in the world.

The country produces some 175,000 tonnes of the sweet stuff, and standing at the top of this chocolate mountain, as big as any Swiss alp, in terms of quality is the 175-year-old family business Confiserie Spruengli.

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