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April 22, 2020

Walton family’s Walmart hires 200,000 furloughed staff and pauses Asda sale, Barbour family switches production from clothing to personal protection equipment, Grosvenor Estate targets help at vulnerable businesses and families.

Walton family’s Walmart hires 200,000 furloughed staff and pauses Asda sale

Walmart, the world’s biggest family business, reached its goal of hiring 150,000 new employees by the end of May in less than a month and has pledged to hire an extra 50,000 staff as part of the US retailer’s response to the coronavirus crisis.

April 3, 2020

Sodexo mobilises and board cut salaries, Henkel makes disinfectants and donates millions, coronavirus-testing Roche hailed by UK government.

Sodexo mobilises globally and board cuts pay to support laid-off staff

The family principal and chiefs of Sodexo, the French family-owned food services and facilities management group, will cut their pay and support their staff made redundant because of the coronavirus outbreak with a $32.6 million fund.

March 23, 2020

The boards of family businesses need to step up their professionalisation to broaden succession planning, introduce the next generation and improve the gender mix, says a leading international family business consultant.

The boards of family businesses need to step up their professionalisation to broaden succession planning, introduce the next generation and improve the gender mix, says a leading international family business consultant.

March 9, 2020

Founder’s great-grandson takes chair as Lego builds in China, billionaire “hotpot queen” chooses Singapore for her new family office and next-gen James Murdoch joins the fight against fake news.

Founder’s great-grandson takes chair as Lego builds in China

Thomas Kirk Kristiansen (pictured), a fourth generation member of Lego’s founding family, has taken over the role of chairman as the Danish toy giant announces record sales.

March 5, 2020

If your family firm is considering working with outside investors, remember that the old axiom “knowledge is power” still holds true. For example, bringing in an outside investor does not have to take the “family” out of family firm. Yet, as with any change in ownership structure, you need to consider the types of investors who are going to provide a good fit for your business.

If your family firm is considering working with outside investors, remember that the old axiom “knowledge is power” still holds true. For example, bringing in an outside investor does not have to take the “family” out of family firm. Yet, as with any change in ownership structure, you need to consider the types of investors who are going to provide a good fit for your business.

February 10, 2020

Agnelli family office weighs selling PartnerRe to Covea for $9 billion, Reimann family looks to float $7 billion coffee empire, L’Oreal family actions next gen succession.

Agnelli family office weighs selling PartnerRe to Covea for $9 billion

The family office of Italy’s Agnelli dynasty has confirmed it has entered into exclusive discussions with French insurer Covea about a possible all-cash acquisition of reinsurer PartnerRe.

September 6, 2019

Third-generation family business Pernod Ricard has countered criticisms over its shareholder returns and governance from its activist investor with a rise in turnover, a €1 billion share buyback scheme, non-family board appointments and investments in China and the United States.

Third-generation family business Pernod Ricard has countered criticisms over its shareholder returns and governance from its activist investor with a rise in turnover, a €1 billion share buyback scheme, non-family board appointments and investments in China and the United States.

January 16, 2019

The trusted adviser who spearheaded a $50 billion spree of acquisitions over the last five years for Germany’s Reimann family will be succeeded by executives who expanded the portfolios of the families behind Mars and Anheuser-Busch InBev.

The trusted adviser who spearheaded a $50 billion spree of acquisitions over the last five years for Germany’s Reimann family will be succeeded by executives who expanded the portfolios of the families behind Mars and Anheuser-Busch InBev.

January 10, 2019

Share, anticipate and plan are the lessons family business founders can learn from Jeanne Augier, the grande dame of French luxury hospitality, who died aged 95 this week without naming an heir to her legendary palatial hotel.

Share, anticipate and plan are the lessons family business founders can learn from Jeanne Augier, the grande dame of French luxury hospitality, who died aged 95 this week without naming an heir to her legendary palatial hotel.

The board of directors and 180 employees of the Negresco Hotel in Nice said they were “extremely sad” to announce the passing of Jeanne Augier, owner and chief executive, on 7 January.

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