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February 3, 2010

There is not a family enterprise in the world that does not struggle with how to change with the times while preserving the family legacy and the challenge is even greater for the next generation, write Drew Mendoza and Carol Ryan

There is not a family enterprise in the world that does not struggle with how to change with the times while preserving the family legacy, write Drew Mendoza, managing principal, the Family Business Consulting Group, and Carol Ryan, vice president, the Family Business Consulting Group.

December 8, 2008

France’s Wendel family has reportedly met to try to forge a united front following a dispute over the performance of its investment company.

France’s Wendel family has reportedly met to try to forge a united front following a dispute over the performance of its investment company.
 
Wendel Investissement, which is controlled by the family’s SLPS holding company, owns stakes in several businesses including industrial giants St Gobain and Legrand.
 

September 18, 2008

The Bouygues family has upped its stake in the family business ahead of a planned entry into the ADSL market in France.

The Bouygues family has upped its stake in the family business ahead of a planned entry into the ADSL market in France.

The company’s mobile operator – Bouygues Telecom – has announced that it will launch ADSL internet and phone services in France through its Bbox home gateway on 20 October.

Bouygues is the last operator, after Orange and SFR, to launch its own ADSL internet offer. France Télécom still holds a 50% market shares and 7.84 million customers, which makes entry into the market difficult for minority players.

September 1, 2008

Many people enjoy fine wine but most wouldn’t give a second thought to the storage process. Bertrand Gobin talks to the family who have made a living providing the best casks for the best wine

Many people enjoy fine wine but most wouldn't give a second thought to the storage process. Bertrand Gobin talks to the family who have made a living providing the best casks for the best wine

June 2, 2008

François Pinault and his son François-Henri have spoken of their “great emotion” on learning of the death of fashion guru Yves Saint Laurent.

François Pinault and his son François-Henri (pictured) have spoken of their "great emotion" on learning of the death of fashion guru Yves Saint Laurent yesterday. He was 71.

The Pinaults, billionaire family owners of France-based PPR Group, which acquired the YSL fashion house and brand in 1999, said that with his death "French fashion and indeed the world lose a genius."

March 2, 2008

Groupe Melkonian began as a repair workshop whose customers included The Rolling Stones. Then Jacques Melkonian discovered underground mining and, second-generation chairman Geneviève Rambaud tells Bertrand Gobin, the family has never looked back

Groupe Melkonian began as a repair workshop whose customers included The Rolling Stones. Then Jacques Melkonian discovered underground mining and, second-generation chairman Geneviève Rambaud tells Bertrand Gobin, the family has never looked back

You won't find its logo displayed along the sides of roads; consumers have never seen its products in shops; and none of its brands are seen in adverts on TV. The least one can say about Groupe Melkonian is that it knows how to be discreet. 

September 1, 2007

The Mulliez family, which controls a distribution network empire throughout Europe, is one of the wealthiest families in France. And, as Bertrand Gobin reports, this wealth is mainly thanks to a special family pact…

Bertrand Gobin is the author of Le Secret des Mulliez.

The Mulliez family, which controls a distribution network empire throughout Europe, is one of the wealthiest families in France. And, as Bertrand Gobin reports, this wealth is mainly thanks to a special family pact…

March 1, 2006

France’s Darbonne family are seasoned players in their herb-growing niche. But China could pose a threat to the future of their business and 119 years’ dominance, chief executive Luc tells Melanie Stern

Melanie Stern is section editor of Families in Business.

France's Darbonne family are seasoned players in their herb-growing niche. But China could pose a threat to the future of their business and 119 years' dominance, chief executive Luc tells Melanie Stern

March 1, 2006

Having taken the reins of one of France’s finest wine-producing families at an extremely challenging time, Frédéric Drouhin of Maison Joseph Drouhin tells Marc Smith why he's confident French plonk will fight off the threat of the New World. For good, he hopes

Marc Smith is a business journalist. Marcsmith@campden.com

Having taken the reins of one of France's finest wine-producing families at an extremely challenging time, Frédéric Drouhin of Maison Joseph Drouhin tells Marc Smith why he's confident French plonk will fight off the threat of the New World. For good, he hopes

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