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  • Handing control of a family business over to the next generation is perhaps the biggest challenge facing any family business, and the way it is handled decides if a company will thrive or fail. Katie Barker, with an eye on 50 editions of FB, speaks to a number of family business luminaries on how they have dealt with succession.

  • What is it about family business leaders and football? They love the sport and are also prepared to lose millions on the game.

  • Around thirty miles north-west of the city of Bordeaux, in France’s premier wine producing region, sits a wine estate associated with not just one of the world’s best wines, but also with one of the greatest family business dynasties of all time. Château Mouton Rothschild produces a so-called “first growth” French wine – among the best the country has to offer.

  • Edward Stobart, who died in March at the age of 56, transformed the image of trucking and truckers in the UK during the 30 years he ran the eponymous family business.

  • A new research report by India-based Ask Investment Managers shows family-owned businesses accounted for 61% of the market capitalisation of India’s top 500 companies. 

  • Chancellor George Osborne introduced several measures to streamline charitable giving in the latest UK budget. Katie Barker looks at what those measures are and their impact for philanthropy

  • Construction might not be an area a family business would want to be in during a credit crisis – after all didn’t the crisis start with a collapse in the US property market? Katie Barker takes a look at how family businesses in the sector are coping

  • Families need to be aware that family unity is good for business – look no further than the business empire of Stanley Ho to prove the point. 

  • Two of France’s largest and most famed family businesses, Hermes and L’Oreal, have taken steps this week to bolster family control and reaffirm the family’s commitment to the company. But the question remains as to whether this is enough to ensure continued family ownership.

  • US family offices won a significant battle in their efforts to remain private earlier this year when they gained exemption from the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, writes Katie Barker

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