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July 25, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, Shipping billionaire Rodolphe Saade opposes a French windfall tax plan; Zara founder Amancio Ortega buys a luxury New York apartment building for $500 million; and ancient artifacts seized from US billionaire Michael Steinhardt are returned to Italy.

Shipping billionaire Rodolphe Saade opposes French windfall tax plan
Rodolphe Saade, the billionaire head of multi-generational family-owned shipping giant CMA CGM SA, has vocally opposed a plan by French lawmakers to impose a windfall tax on corporate profits to moderate the impact of inflation.

CMA CGM SA, the world’s third-largest container carrier, has seen its profits rise dramatically following strong global demand for consumer goods resulting in shipping rates being raised more than ten-fold during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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.

July 30, 2021

Porsche family joins billionaire space race with rocket investment, Amancio Ortega’s Inditex fortunes fall and rise with Covid-19 restrictions, Weston family puts Selfridges on the auction block for $5.5 billion.

Porsche family joins billionaire space race with rocket investment

The Porsche family is backing the European rocket launch startup Isar Aerospace Technologies with an eye on the spin-off innovations from easier access to space.

February 12, 2021

A Canadian next-generation entrepreneur says more families are investing sustainably in forestry to achieve their impact goals and for the long-term inflation-proof returns of timber as an asset in their portfolios.

A Canadian next-generation entrepreneur says more families are investing sustainably in forestry to achieve their impact goals and for the long-term inflation-proof returns of timber as an asset in their portfolios.

Michael Ackerman (pictured), 38, is the president and chief executive of EcoForests Asset Management. His socially responsible boutique forestry investment management company is headquartered in Toronto and operates 45 plantations in Latin America.

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