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February 3, 2017

LVMH to a grip on eyewear market with Marcolin deal; Volkswagen overtakes Toyota as top company, despite cheating scandal; and Bosch pays $330 million compensation in VW cheating scandal

LVMH to focus on eyewear market with Marcolin deal

French family-owned luxury giant LVMH have taken a 10% stake in spectacle maker Marcolin as it looks to tighten its grip on the eyewear market.

The news comes just one week after another family-owned eyewear group, Luxottica, and its French rival Essilor agreed to a €46 billion ($49 billion) merger to combat increasing competition from large luxury players, such as LVMH.

January 27, 2017

NY prosecutor drops charges against Fiat heir Lapo Elkann; PZ Cussons reports huge first-half profits drop; and French carmaker Peugeot returns to India after two decades

NY prosecutor drops charges against Fiat heir Lapo Elkann


New York prosecutors have dropped charges against Lapo Elkann, one of the heirs to Italian industrial dynasty Fiat Chrysler, who has been accused of concocting a fake abduction scheme in an effort to get ransom money.


January 19, 2017

Lundin Petroleum announces its 2017 budget, Galen G Weston succeeds father as George Weston CEO, Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong has avoided arrest

Lundin Petroleum announces its 2017 budget

Family-owned oil and gas company Lundin Petroleum, controlled by the eponymous Swedish family, will spend about $1.3 billion on development, appraisal, exploration and production this year, according to its 2017 budget.

January 13, 2017

LL Bean boycotted after heiress donated to Trump campaign; Samsung heir quizzed on bribery allegations; and Hero Motocorp sales down one-third in December

LL Bean boycotted after heiress donated to Trump campaign

LL Bean heiress Linda Bean has landed the Maine-based retailer on a prominent boycott list after contributing $55,000 more than allowed to President-elect Donald Trump's campaign.

In response to her $60,000 donation, the Grab Your Wallet campaign, which launched in October in response to Trump’s comments about women, encouraged consumers to avoid the retailer.

January 6, 2017

Goya Foods donates 10,000 pounds of food per month to Catholic diocese; Walmart Reaches Deal With Visa to End Credit-Card Ban in Canada; and Volkswagen Group says ‘auf wiedersehen’ to official language

Goya Foods donates 10,000 pounds of food per month to Catholic diocese

Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States, has revealed it will donate 125,000 pounds of food to an agency dedicated to serving the less fortunate in northern New Jersey.

Based in Jersey City, Goya Foods will send 10,000 pounds of food each month to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark, which will distribute the goods to Hudson, Bergen, Essex and Union counties.

December 23, 2016

Two Maersk ships sink en route to Turkish scrapyard; Nintendo stock falls despite hit game Super Mario Run; News Corp banned from Melbourne Pride after ‘homophobic’ cartoon

Two Maersk ships sink en route to Turkish scrapyard

Danish shipping company Maersk Line, owned by the McKinney-Moeller family, has confirmed that two of its offshore supply vessels sunk off the coast of France while being towed to a Turkish shipyard for recycling.

The Maersk Supply Service vessels, Maersk Searcher and Maersk Shipper, were unmanned. All employees aboard the towing vessel Maersk Battler are safe.

December 9, 2016

Park Geun-hye impeached over chaebol corruption; Australia's richest woman Gina Rinehart to buy Kidman estate; and EC is suing member states over VW diesel scandal

Park Geun-hye impeached over chaebol corruption

South Korean legislators have voted to impeach president Park Geun-hye following revelations that the country’s chaebol conglomerates handed over tens of millions of dollars in exchange for political favours. 

Park, who was nicknamed the ‘chaebol sniper’ for her anti corruption sentiment, is now at the centre of a scandal involving a mysterious friend, Choi Soon-sil, who is accused of extorting millions from the very establishments she set out to tackle.   

December 2, 2016

Murdoch loses $100 million on Theranos investment; Benetton heir quits board; and Lundin Petroleum announces Barents Sea discovery

Murdoch loses $100 million on Theranos investment

Australian-American media mogul Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO of global media holding company News Corporation, is expected to lose the $100 million he invested in beleaguered blood testing group Theranos.

Murdoch, who purchased his stake when Theranos’ valuation was at the $9 billion mark, is likely to notice the irony after his own financial paper, The Wall Street Journal, played an instrumental role in questioning the reliability of its blood testing device.

November 25, 2016

Cargill invests $50 million is its Thai facility; Corona founder leaves $3 million to each villager in hometown; and Chaebol crisis heats up, leaders questioned

Cargill invests $50 million is its Thai facility

Family-controlled Cargill, the world’s largest agricultural commodities trader, is investing $50 million to expand its poultry-processing operations at its facility in Thailand.

Based in the Nakhon Ratchasima province, Cargill’s expansion will create 1,400 new jobs and add to the more than 13,500 people already working across 14 locations in Thailand.

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