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Succession

November 21, 2019

Succession by virtue of birth and family dynamics is a phenomenon that occurs quite frequently. We see it on the news or because it is happening in the organisation we work for, or simply because it’s happening in our family owned business. The successor is handed over the reins of the business, but can he or she run the business? What are the factors that determine the success of the succession? Can this be left to chance or “It runs in the blood” factor?

Succession by virtue of birth and family dynamics is a phenomenon that occurs quite frequently. We see it on the news or because it is happening in the organisation we work for, or simply because it’s happening in our family owned business. The successor is handed over the reins of the business, but can he or she run the business? What are the factors that determine the success of the succession? Can this be left to chance or “It runs in the blood” factor?

It’s time for millennials to take up the mantle

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.

October 18, 2019

Fifth generation members of the Cooper brewing dynasty were urged to forge their own careers by their fourth-gen father when their Australian family business was struggling to survive in the 1970s.

Fifth generation members of the Cooper brewing dynasty were urged to forge their own careers by their fourth-gen father when their Australian family business was struggling to survive in the 1970s.

Melanie Cooper (pictured), 58, finance director at Coopers Brewery and chairwoman of the Coopers Brewery Foundation, said entering the family business was something she and her brother Tim Cooper (pictured), 63, now managing director, aimed for when growing up.

“We grew up opposite the brewery,” Melanie told CampdenFB.

October 15, 2019

Almost half of the world’s family office principals believe their next generation is not ready to inherit the family’s wealth and power, despite the sharp increase in succession plans in place.

Almost half of the world’s family office principals believe their next generation is not ready to inherit the family’s wealth and power, despite the sharp increase in succession plans in place.

September 11, 2019

The coming decade will see a transition event hit a majority of family businesses in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. This may represent a change of hands of business assets in excess of $1 trillion, according to the Family Business Council—Gulf.

The coming decade will see a transition event hit a majority of family businesses in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. This may represent a change of hands of business assets in excess of $1 trillion, according to the Family Business Council—Gulf.

In this context, family businesses in the region appear to be seeing decreasing levels of management or operational involvement by the next generation.

August 30, 2019

Controversial family business titans David Koch and Ferdinand Piech, who died within days of each other, shaped the era they lived in, but their approach to succession was very different.

Controversial family business titans David Koch and Ferdinand Piech, who died within days of each other, shaped the era they lived in, but their approach to succession was very different.

August 13, 2019

The first fourth-generation family member to chair the Nathan Cummings Foundation says the next generation should not be seen as a “threat” by family principals and urges more entities to mentor their next gens shoulder to shoulder.

The first fourth-generation family member to chair the Nathan Cummings Foundation says the next generation should not be seen as a “threat” by family principals and urges more entities to mentor their next gens shoulder to shoulder.

August 1, 2019

Millennials take a communal approach to engage friends, family and colleagues to address the social issues they care about—an approach family principals could adopt as they look to bring their next gens into the fold.

Millennials take a communal approach to engage friends, family and colleagues to address the social issues they care about—an approach family principals could adopt as they look to bring their next gens into the fold.

June 24, 2019

Most families fight a losing battle to sustain wealth past their third generation. Alison Ebbage asks four experts what families can do to avoid becoming another statistic

The Gilded Age was a defining period of massive economic growth in the United States during the late 19th century. It fuelled a period of extraordinary wealth generation for some of the young nation’s wealthiest families, a period that was tinged with the darker shadow of inequality.

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