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August 12, 2015

Exor, the multi billion dollar investment vehicle for the Agnelli family, has become the largest shareholder in The Economist Group after British owner Pearson sold its 50% stake to a group of families for £469 million ($731 million).

Exor, the multi billion dollar investment vehicle for the Agnelli family, has become the largest shareholder in The Economist Group after British owner Pearson sold its 50% stake to a group of families for £469 million ($731 million).

Under the terms of the deal, Exor Spa, headed by fifth-gen John Elkann, will pay £287 million to increase its stake to 43.4% from 4.7% and the Economist Group will buy back the remainder of Pearson’s stake for £182 million.

August 26, 2014

Philippine de Rothschild, a fifth-generation matriarch of the winemaking branch of the European dynasty, has died in Paris, at the age of 80.

Philippine de Rothschild, a fifth-generation matriarch of the winemaking branch of the European dynasty, has died in Paris, at the age of 80.

De Rothschild had been chairwoman of Baron Philippe de Rothschild for almost three decades and was the first woman to head the Bordeaux winemaker.

She died in Paris on Friday "from the effects of a serious operation", the company said in a statement.

October 10, 2013

Paul Desmarais, the patriarch of Canadian family empire Power Corp and one of the country’s wealthiest individuals, has died, aged 86.

Paul Desmarais, the patriarch of Canadian family empire Power Corp and one of the country’s wealthiest individuals, has died, aged 86.

A self-made billionaire, Desmarais, took control of the Montreal-based hydroelectric company in 1968, serving as chairman and chief executive for almost three decades, before his two sons took over.

July 12, 2013

Canadian valve maker Velan is investing heavily in Asia to drive growth, CFR aims to crack the African market and the Bakrie family finally get shot of their troublesome Bumi stake.

Canadian valve maker Velan is investing heavily in Asia to drive growth, CFR aims to crack the African market and the Bakrie family finally get shot of their troublesome Bumi stake.

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Velan, the Montreal-based industrial valve manufacturer, has announced it is planning to invest heavily in Asia to further its aim of becoming the world's leading high-tech valve producer.

August 7, 2012

It can be hard for founders to let go of their businesses. But if the family firm is going to survive they’ve got to know when the buzz is gone. 

The names trip easily off the tongue: Rothschild, Rockefeller, Sainsbury—the world is awash with great business dynasties. And, with one-third of Fortune 500 companies remaining in family hands, what are the best ways of securing the family fortunes through the generations? How can families pursue successful succession strategies?

April 18, 2012

Exor, a holding company controlled by Italy’s Agnelli family, will buy a stake in the Rothschild Group, making good its announcement earlier this month that it will focus on taking “minority stakes” in strong businesses.

Exor, a holding company controlled by Italy’s Agnelli family, will buy a stake in the Rothschild Group, making good its announcement earlier this month that it will focus on taking “minority stakes” in strong businesses.

A spokeswoman for Exor confirmed to CampdenFB that the company, chaired by family member John Elkann, is looking to buy shares in Paris Orleans, the holding company of the Rothschild Group.

August 23, 2011

Family-owned financial adviser Rothschild is to take over Elgin Capital, in a move that will significantly increase the group’s leveraged buyout loans.

Family-owned financial adviser Rothschild is to take over Elgin Capital, in a move that will significantly increase the group’s leveraged buyout loans.

A spokesman for Rothschild confirmed the plans but refused to provide a timeline for the completion of the deal. He told CampdenFO that the acquisition will triple Rothschild’s leveraged loans under management, which will help the business take advantage of the associated higher returns.

August 15, 2011

Falling returns, rather than regulatory reasons, might explain the growing number of hedge fund managers converting into family offices in the US, say experts.

Falling returns, rather than regulatory reasons, might explain the growing number of hedge fund managers converting into family offices in the US, say experts.

Sophie Dworetzsky, a partner at international law firm Withers, reckons that tougher times is making the family office model more attractive. “The financial situation now is causing people to move away from being a bigger hedge fund managing a lot of money to a multi or single family office,” she said.

May 25, 2011

There is a universal tried and tested way to make money from setting up a company. Build it up, make revenues and profits, and then possibly sell it, or part of it, to other investors. It might take a while to get going, but it works.

There is a universal tried and tested way to make money from setting up a company. Build it up, make revenues and profits, and then possibly sell it, or part of it, to other investors. It might take a while to get going, but it works. Just ask the thousands of family businesses that FO’s sister publication Campden FB writes about every year.

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