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August 9, 2012

The world of wine is dominated by family businesses, and nowhere more so than in Champagne.

The Krug family has long held to a charming tradition at the birth of each male child: before the infant is introduced to the mother’s breast, it receives a thimbleful of champagne. When on their deathbeds, in a rite similar to the Catholic sacrament of Extreme Unction, family members receive another thimbleful, more if requested. Thus the opening and closing moments of their lives are saluted with the endeavours of their family, the work of several lifetimes.

January 3, 2012

Asset Value Investors (AVI) is an employee owned asset management company. Our primary goal is to achieve the long-term growth of our client's capital through the management of equity portfolios.

Asset Value Investors (AVI) is an employee owned asset management company. Our primary goal is to achieve the long-term growth of our client's capital through the management of equity portfolios. We strive to be a premier investment firm providing performance by identifying valuation anomalies and focusing on investing where the market price does not reflect the estimated intrinsic value. Our value oriented and low risk investment approach, which has been in place for over 25 years, is to find unrecognised value among high quality assets.

November 17, 2011

Cargill MacMillan Jr, the billionaire heir to the Cargill family fortune, died on 14 November at his home in Indian Wells, California, at the age of 84.

Cargill MacMillan Jr, the billionaire heir to the Cargill family fortune, died on 14 November at his home in Indian Wells, California, at the age of 84.

The great-grandson of the founder of the eponymous company, which is today the world’s largest agricultural commodities trader, MacMillian began at the family business in 1950 as a trainee. He later held various positions across the group’s offices before moving to California.

October 12, 2011

Six family offices worldwide have launched a new initiative, called the Wigmore Association, to share investment resources and research.

Six family offices worldwide have launched a new initiative, called the Wigmore Association, to share investment resources and research.

Read the full story at CampdenFO.

September 20, 2011

Family businesses can play a far greater role in the UK economy if they are offered the right level of support, according to the UK Family Business Alliance.

Family businesses could play a far greater role in the British economy if they were offered the right level of support, according to the UK Family Business Alliance.

Peter Thornton, one of the founders of the organisation, said the UK economy would be boosted if it didn’t rely so heavily on finance and banking.

“There is a need for a new direction for the economy, with family businesses contributing far more,” he added.

March 18, 2011

Life expectancy might not be rising that quickly, but the eternal search for longer life may be about to see some big advances, writes David Bain

Jeanne Calment, who died over 13 years ago in France, would have been all but forgotten to the wider world if it weren’t for her one amazing achievement. Calment, who met Van Gough when she was 13, lived until she was 122, making her the longest confirmed human life span in history. She joined a select group of what are referred to as supercentenarians – people who live until they are 110. So far, only around 1,300 individuals in the world have been confirmed as supercentenarians.

March 16, 2011

Spas go back thousands of years – today they are more popular than ever. Claire Adler looks at some of the most exclusive ones in Europe

Roman emperors liked spas. Emperor Marcus Agrippa is credited with building the first thermae, or hot baths, around 25BC. Not to be overshadowed, emperors Nero, Titus and Constantine continuing the theme, building spas to gain favour with their citizens and as memorials to their rule.

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