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June 27, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, EssilorLuxottica chairman Leonardo Del Vecchio passes away aged 87; Barry Hearn and son are set to receive a £150 million windfall from Matchroom Sport stake sale; and Henry Cheng's family office bids for control of clothing retailer Giordano.

EssilorLuxottica chairman Leonardo Del Vecchio passes away aged 87
Leonardo Del Vecchio, the chairman of spectacles maker EssilorLuxottica and owner of iconic sunglasses brand Ray-Ban, has died aged 87.

“EssilorLuxottica sadly announces today that its chairman has passed away,” the group said in a statement, adding that the board would meet soon to “Determine the next steps”.

June 21, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, Warren Buffett donates $4 billion to charity; Harold Hamm aims to take oil group Continental Resources private; and Ronald Perelman sees big losses as Revlon faces bankruptcy.

Warren Buffett donates $4 billion to charity
Legendary investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett is staying true to his pledge to give away nearly all his personal fortune – valued at $93.4 billion, according to Forbes – with a $4 billion donation to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and four other family charities.

June 14, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, Mukesh Ambani makes a £5 billion bid to buy Boots; Billionaire Joe Tsai invests millions in Just Women's Sports; and Patrick Drahi’s proposed takeover of BT is expected to be blocked by the UK government.

Mukesh Ambani makes £5 billion bid to buy Boots
Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani has teamed up with American private equity company Apollo Global Management to make a £5 billion tender for the UK pharmacy retail giant Boots.

Ambani, who is the richest person in Asia and the seventh richest in the world (according to Forbes), has been working on a potential buyout for the high street chain since April through his Reliance Industries firm and is now placed for a formal takeover.

June 7, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, Walmart heir Rob Walton aims to buy the Denver Broncos for a record price tag; Mike Ashley’s Fraser Group rescues UK fashion retailer Missguided; and Gautam Adani’s family office buys a Swiss building firm’s Indian interests.

Walmart heir Rob Walton aiming to buy Denver Broncos for record price tag
Rob Walton, the billionaire heir to the Walmart retail chain fortune, is targeting the purchase of the Denver Broncos American football team for a record-setting $4.5 billion.

According to Forbes, the winning bid hasn't yet been finalised, but it's expected to be announced later this month. If it does go ahead, the deal will be the biggest-ever acquisition of an NFL team.

May 31, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, Tetra Pak heir Magnus Rausing finances a Hollywood production company; Trudy Busch Valentine discusses her US senate candidacy; and Akshata Murty develops a host of big-ticket investments.

Tetra Pak heir Magnus Rausing finances Hollywood production company
Magnus Rausing, the great-grandson of Tetra Pak packaging technology pioneer Ruben Andersson and heir to the multi-billion Tetra Laval fortune, has revealed his investment in Dark Dreams Entertainment, the production company owned by Magic Mike and I Am Number Four actor Alex Pettyfer.

May 10, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, Reetu Gupta is appointed chairwoman of The Gupta Group; Todd Boehly’s syndicate agrees to purchase Chelsea FC for £4.25 billion; and Brazilian billionaire Alberto Safra buys a Sao Paulo real estate firm.

Reetu Gupta appointed chairwoman of The Gupta Group
Reetu Gupta, a two-time recipient of Canada's top 100 most powerful women award, has been named chairwoman and ambassadress of The Gupta Group, taking over the running of the privately owned family office from her father, Dr. Steve Gupta.

May 4, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, climate activist billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes acquires 11% of Australian power company AGL Energy; Amancio Ortega’s family office buys a Glasgow office development for £215 million; and BrewDog boss James Watt plans to give away 20% of his personal stake to staff.

Climate activist billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes acquires shares in Australian power company
Tech tycoon and climate activist Mike Cannon-Brookes has bought an 11.28% stake in AGL Energy in an attempted block of a demerger, that would see Australia’s biggest power producer split into two companies.

April 26, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, B&M boss Simon Arora announces his retirement; Elon Musk reaches a deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion; and Nandan Nilekani builds a tech platform to take on Amazon in India.

B&M discount chain boss Simon Arora set to retire

Simon Arora, the billionaire co-owner of UK discount chain B&M has announced his retirement after acquiring the then-failing business from Phildrew Investments in 2004.

April 20, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, François Pinault looks to acquire music streaming platform Deezer; Robert Kraft’s family donates $24 million to Harvard Business School; and Ashwin Damera invests in an Indian venture lending firm.

François Pinault looks to acquire music streaming platform Deezer
French businessman François Pinault [pictured left] is aiming to buy music streaming platform Deezer in a deal estimated at $1.6 billion.

The founder of the luxury group Kering and investment company Artémis, along with other founders of the special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) I2PO, plans to take the company public if the deal goes ahead.

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