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August 31, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, the billionaire Issa brothers purchase Co-op’s petrol stations; Hans and Julia Rausing donate to save historic ‘Harry Potter’ cloister; and hedge fund billionaire and philanthropist Julian Robertson passes away at the age of 90.

Billionaire Issa brothers purchase Co-op’s petrol stations for up to £600 million
Mohsin and Zuber Issa, the billionaire brothers who own a majority stakeholder in UK supermarket giant Asda, have agreed to buy the Co-op group’s petrol stations in a deal worth up to £600 million.

The British-Indian siblings, who made their fortune co-founding the Euro Garages chain of petrol filling stations, saw off a number of rival bids to finalise the deal.

July 5, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, tributes are paid to Indian billionaire Pallonji Mistry; the family owned OCU Group sells to Triton Partners in a £400 million deal; and Brazilian billionaire Alberto Safra aims to offload his stake in his family empire.

Tributes paid to Indian billionaire Pallonji Mistry
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has led tributes to construction tycoon Pallonji Mistry following his passing at the age of 93.

“[I am] saddened by the passing of Shri Pallonji Mistry,” Modi said on Twitter. “He made monumental contributions to the world of commerce and industry. My condolences to his family, friends and countless well-wishers.”

May 25, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, Gautam Adani’s family office invests in an Abu Dhabi petrochemicals firm; the Todd Boehly-led consortium is officially approved as new Chelsea FC owners; and British tycoon Guy Hands bids to buy Butlins holiday camps.

Gautam Adani’s family office invests in Abu Dhabi petrochemicals firm
The family office of Asia’s richest man, Gautam Adani, has committed to invest $75 million in an Abu Dhabi-based petrochemicals firm as part of a $2 billion initial public offering (IPO) - the biggest-ever listing in the United Arab Emirate (UAE) state.

November 29, 2021

Heir Lorenzo Bertelli vows to keep Prada in the family, ‘Self-understanding’ mission statement for Bahlsen push in US, Gautam Adani says climate change policies must be equitable and pragmatic.

Heir Lorenzo Bertelli vows to keep Prada in the family

Lorenzo Bertelli, heir apparent to Prada, promises to keep the Italian luxury fashion group under family control when he succeeds his father in three years’ time.

September 27, 2021

Adani doubles green investment pledge of rival Reliance, Maersk makes waves with series of e-commerce deals; the 40-year vindication of Bill Ford, the auto environmentalist.

Adani doubles green investment pledge of rival Reliance

Gautam Adani, India’s second wealthiest tycoon and leader of his infrastructure and energy empire Adani Group, has announced a $20 billion investment in renewable energy only weeks after rival Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest person, committed to producing the green energy hydrogen.

September 10, 2021

Chairman Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen secures Lego’s legacy with son’s succession, JCB heir Jo Bamford ventures into green hydrogen projects, JD.com founder Richard Liu makes way for successor.

Chairman Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen secures Lego’s legacy with son’s succession

Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, the patriarch of the Danish family-owned toy giant Lego, says it is important to sustain the group’s legacy as he transfers control to his fourth-generation son.

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.

November 12, 2019

John Gokongwei Jr, a Philippine billionaire who started his $5.7 billion family business empire by cycling around island towns selling snacks, has died aged 93.

John Gokongwei Jr, a Philippine billionaire who started his $5.7 billion family business empire by cycling around island towns selling snacks, has died aged 93.

Affectionately known as “Mr John”, the founder and chairman emeritus of the first Philippine multinational conglomerate was an “inspiration to entrepreneurs and businessmen around the nation, with his pioneering ideas, his strong work ethic, his passion, and perseverance,” JG Summit Holdings said in a statement.

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