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June 21, 2013

Lakshmi Mittal – head of family steel firm ArcelorMittal – has fought back against a businessman who bought website domain names in his name and offered them back to the UK-based billionaire at a hefty £6 million price tag.

Lakshmi Mittal – head of family steel firm ArcelorMittal – has fought back against a businessman who bought website domain names in his name and offered them back to the UK-based billionaire at a hefty £6 million price tag.

June 18, 2010

The challenges social networking sites pose to wealthy families puts the role that family offices can play firmly in the spotlight, writes Katie Barker.

The challenges social networking sites pose to wealthy families puts the role that family offices can play firmly in the spotlight, writes Katie Barker.

Trenchant criticism over its attitude to privacy forced Facebook to simplify its privacy settings in May in order to make them more user-friendly. The social networking giant had admitted that it shared up to six pieces of information about its users with various third parties.

November 1, 2008

The Solvay family has a huge global network of family shareholders who number 2,500. Marc Smith met the pioneers behind an online application that is helping the family bring them all closer to the business and each other

How would you improve communication between family members and increase the emotional links between your family and the business? If your answer involves inviting a favourite nephew into your office for a chat or dusting off a pamphlet your uncle put together a few years back to explain the how, why and wherefore of your family's existence then you need to think again. You need to think Web 2.0 (see box).

November 1, 2008

The internet may be one of the world’s greatest inventions, but it has also introduced new and dangerous security risks. Gavin Knight looks at what is at stake for families and analyses how they can protect themselves and their business

Family businesses face multiple threats to their privacy and security from the internet. Dedicated criminals can use the internet to find personal information to use for extortion, blackmail or identity fraud. Financial information can be intercepted by stray emails or lapsed data security.

September 2, 2008

An Australian university has launched the first ever online degree dedicated to family business.

An Australian university has launched the first ever online degree dedicated to family business. Deakin University, which is based in Melbourne, will offer a Graduate Certificate of Management (Family Business) from March 2009.
 

May 1, 2007

Want to achieve truly cutting-edge marketing but unsure of where to turn among the plethora of new technologies out there? In the age of “on demand”, following the customer is the best way to lead the pack, says Amy Syracuse

Want to achieve truly cutting-edge marketing but unsure of where to turn among the plethora of new technologies out there? In the age of "on demand", following the customer is the best way to lead the pack, says Amy Syracuse.

Amy Syracuse is a freelance journalist based in the UK.

May 1, 2007

With Marilyn Monroe as your first cover girl, you know your magazine is destined for greatness. And that’s just what Playboy has been since Hugh Hefner launched it in 1953. But Suzy Bibko learns that it’s his daughter, Christie, who has taken the company to new heights – including, most recently, building a 30-foot rabbit head towering over Las Vegas …

With Marilyn Monroe as your first cover girl, you know your magazine is destined for greatness. And that's just what Playboy has been since Hugh Hefner launched it in 1953. But Suzy Bibko learns that it's his daughter, Christie, who has taken the company to new heights – including, most recently, building a 30-foot rabbit head towering over Las Vegas.

Suzy Bibko is editor of Families in Business.

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