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  • 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. 

  • Britain’s broadcasting dynasty the Dimblebys have run a cancer charity for almost half a century, but tough times mean they are thinking hard about its future.

  • Western family offices are just beginning to uncover the investment potential in Latin America. Their challenge is to track down local families and fund managers with whom to partner.

  • Mel Stern takes a look at two family-owned businesses that have reaped the rewards of bringing in a turnaround manager

  • Carlos Slim, the world’s richest man, is the figurehead of a Latin American trend of family
    businesses ascending to powerful global positions. And many believe that, despite concerns about corruption, this trend will continue if the environment for business improves at the current rate. Melanie Stern analyses the state of play for the region’s business families

  • Family-run VIP Petfoods has made a fortune down under. Having built up a large share in the Australian economy, the firm is about to expand worldwide. But how does it plan to change its USP in order to be accepted by western markets? Melanie Stern finds out

  • A series of unfortunate events delayed Banyan Tree’s IPO for six years. But they forced a risk management plan that will take one of Asia’s top luxury spa brands onto the global stage

  • Like many of its contemporaries in the West, Japanese publisher Kodansha is having to look beyond its traditional paper output and embrace the digital age …

  • Russia and China are as promising as they are problematic for British fine wine institution Berry Bros & Rudd, as chairman Simon Berry tells Melanie Stern

  • Prince Hisahito’s birth into the Imperial Family has answered Japan’s prayer for a male heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne. But it also killed political will to change male primogeniture law, laments Melanie Stern – for at least another generation

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