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January 7, 2011

Donald John Tyson, the man who took family-controlled Tyson Foods from a small chicken company to a food processing enterprise, passed away on 6 January at the age of 80.

Donald John Tyson, the man who took family-controlled Tyson Foods from a small chicken company to a food processing enterprise, passed away on 6 January at the age of 80.

Known to his close associates as "Don", Tyson became the second-generation chairman and CEO of Tyson Foods in 1967 after the death of his father, founder John W Tyson. He remained chairman until 1995 when he retired, but continued to serve as a consultant for the company.

September 22, 2010

Former US president Bill Clinton opened his sixth annual philanthropic summit in New York on 21 September with a call to philanthropic institutions and governments to work together to promote economic growth and achieve their philanthropic goals.

Former US president Bill Clinton opened his sixth annual philanthropic summit in New York on 21 September with a call to philanthropic institutions and governments to work together to promote economic growth and achieve their philanthropic goals.

During his opening address Clinton said: "I hope when we come out of this meeting every one of you will have a clearer idea about how you can best use your resources in this climate to promote more economic growth in all the countries represented here."

September 9, 2010

Ikea, the Kamprad family-owned furniture multinational, has acquired six German wind farms from Spain-based wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa in a further attempt to reduce its carbon footprint.

Ikea, the Kamprad family-owned furniture multinational, has acquired six German wind farms from Spain-based wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa in a further attempt to reduce its carbon footprint.

The German wind farms are across four locations and have a combined capacity of 45.05 MW, enough to power around 17 Ikea stores. Germany is Ikea's largest market and accounted for 16% of the group's sales in 2009.

September 7, 2010

Chen Guangbiao, a renowned Chinese entrepreneur and philanthropist, has pledged to donate all of his wealth to charity upon his death in a letter to Warren Buffet and Bill Gates, the billionaires behind the giving pledge initiative.

Chen Guangbiao, a renowned Chinese entrepreneur and philanthropist, has pledged to donate all of his wealth to charity upon his death in a letter to Warren Buffet and Bill Gates (pictured), the billionaires behind the giving pledge initiative.

September 6, 2010

When dealing with next gen members, family office executives and senior family members often subconsciously look at them through the lens of the family office or family business and try to find a way that they can fit into that picture.

When dealing with next gen members, family office executives and senior family members often subconsciously look at them through the lens of the family office or family business and try to find a way that they can fit into that picture. However, if you do this it is likely that the next gens will fall short of the expectations imposed upon them.
 

September 6, 2010

Family offices that wish to make a lasting difference to society have traditionally done so through philanthropy or socially responsible investing. Which is the best way?

Earlier this year the world watched helplessly as oil streamed from one of BP's deep-sea wells into the Gulf of Mexico. The disaster highlighted several uncomfortable issues, not least the safety of drilling over a mile under the sea and the need to develop cleaner, greener energy sources.
 
Social responsibility in all its forms is consequently back on the agenda, but debate continues about how to achieve the greatest impact – investing into socially responsible companies and funds to drive through change or give back through philanthropy.

September 6, 2010

Determining the right philanthropic path to best represent your family values can be difficult, so the Institute for Philanthropy has provided a starting point for the journey

The generosity of wealthy families has a long history, from the Rockefellers and Carnegies of the US to Sweden's Wallenbergs and Asia's Kadoories. But with so many worthy causes vying for support, deciding how best to represent the family's values through its philanthropy can prove very challenging. Right are 10 tips for families that are considering, or in the process of, embarking upon a philanthropic journey together.

01 Define your mission

August 26, 2010

Selwyn Parker analyses why institutional investors are starting to appreciate the family business ownership model

Until the global financial crisis overturned the prevailing wisdom of institutional investors, the UK family-controlled brewer and pub owner Fuller, Smith & Turner was considered almost an anachronism in a highly-leveraged world. Listed on the London Stock Exchange, the firm had such low borrowing levels that it was shunned by most analysts and big investors in favour of much more highly-geared rivals who had not, in the phrase of the period, "tied up capital in the business".

August 26, 2010

Next gens are no longer expected to join the family business as soon as they are able, but many are left with the difficult choice of whether to follow in their ancestors' footsteps or branch out on their own, writes Katie Barker.

Next gens are no longer expected to join the family business as soon as they are able, but many are left with the difficult choice of whether to follow in their ancestors' footsteps or branch out on their own, writes Katie Barker. 

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