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July 21, 2014

The Forbes family has sold a controlling stake in its eponymous media empire to a Hong Kong-based consortium of international investors, bringing to an end 97 years of family ownership. 

The Forbes family has sold a controlling stake in its eponymous media empire to a Hong Kong-based consortium of international investors, bringing to an end 97 years of family ownership.

According to a statement released on Friday, the Forbes family will maintain a “significant stake” in the firm, while newly formed Integrated Whale Media Investments will assume control for an undisclosed figure.

March 5, 2014

A reclusive second-gen to Chinese real estate agent Logan Properties has been declared the youngest billionaire on the planet by Forbes World’s Billionaires List, which includes a number of family business members.

A reclusive second-gen to Chinese real estate agent Logan Properties has been declared the youngest billionaire on the planet by Forbes World’s Billionaires List, which includes a number of family business members.

At age 24, Hong Kong native Perenna Kei is an 85% shareholder in the family business and a non-executive director. Her father, Ji Haipeng, is chairman and chief executive of the company.

November 18, 2013

Forbes is set to become the latest high-profile publication to leave family ownership, with its parent company, Forbes Media, confirming the business is up for sale.

Forbes is set to become the latest high-profile publication to leave family ownership, with its parent company, Forbes Media, confirming the business is up for sale.

In an email to staff on Friday, chief executive Mike Perlis – the first non-family member to run the company in its 96-year history – said it had hired bankers to “test the waters regarding a sale”.

According to the Wall St Journal, the company hopes the sale will yield more than $400 million.

September 25, 2012

Is wealth generation on the move again, this time from east to west? If two different rich lists, published by Forbes in the US and Hurun in China, are anything to go by, that appears to be the case.

Is wealth generation on the move again, this time from east to west? If two different rich lists, published by Forbes in the US and Hurun in China, are anything to go by, that appears to be the case.
 
According to the Hurun Rich List, which tracks wealth in China, nearly half of the country’s 1,000 richest have seen their fortunes fall this year. The average wealth of the super-rich has dropped by 9% to $860 million (€665 million).
 

March 8, 2012

The top 20 richest people in the world are collectively worth $634 billion (€479 billion) and over half owe their fortunes to family businesses.

The top 20 richest people in the world are collectively worth $634 billion (€479 billion) and over half owe their fortunes to family businesses.

That’s according to the latest Forbes billionaires list, released on 7 March, which showed that 14 of the top 20 on the list had family-controlled groups responsible for their wealth.

January 6, 2012

Hong Kong’s three richest individuals are all family business owners but their fortunes declined last year as economic growth slowed in China, according to the city-state's latest rich list.

Hong Kong’s three richest individuals are all family business owners but their fortunes declined last year as economic growth slowed in China, according to the city-state's latest rich list.

Forbes magazine said Li Ka-shing, the 83-year-old chairman of family-controlled conglomerates Hutchison Whampoa and Cheung Kong Holdings, is Hong Kong’s wealthiest individual with approximately $22 billion (€17.2 billion) in assets. This represents an 8% decline from last year’s $24 billion.

November 2, 2011

It wasn’t exactly a case of selling the family silver, but the Forbes family did auction off many of its Victorian treasures, including a pair of Queen Victoria’s bloomers, in the UK this week.

It wasn’t exactly a case of selling the family silver, but the Forbes family did auction off many of its Victorian treasures, including a pair of Queen Victoria’s bloomers, in the UK this week.

March 10, 2011

More than 40% of the names on the annual Forbes’ billionaire list are family business principals, or linked to family business fortunes, and out of the top 10 richest people in the world, seven are linked to family businesses.

More than 40% of the names on the annual Forbes’ billionaire list are family business principals, or linked to family business fortunes, and out of the top 10 richest people in the world, seven are linked to family businesses.
 

February 15, 2011

Billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli’s new asset manager, Northill Capital, is set to complete its first deal from a potential $1 billion war chest, according to a report in Financial News.

Billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli’s new asset manager, Northill Capital, is set to complete its first deal from a potential $1 billion war chest, according to a report in Financial News.  

John Little, who joined Northill last year after being vice-chairman of asset management company BNY Mellon, told Financial News: “Northill has $1bn from the family to deploy, in seed capital or equity capital. That is a target, it could be more, it could be less.”

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