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December 17, 2015

For all the attention climate receives, another environmental crisis – the sixth great extinction – receives relatively less airtime. Jessica Tasman-Jones met with philanthropists seeking to protect and restore the balance of nature – from the Scottish Highlands to Patagonia

This article appeared in the Autumn issue of CampdenFO. Not long after the magazine went to print Doug Tompkins, whose foundation is mentioned in the text and whose wife, Kris, was interviewed for the article, died suddenly in a kayaking accident. Despite being a serial entrepreneur (he founded The North Face and co-founded Esprit), his philanthropy and commitment to conservation is one of the greatest legacies he leaves behind.

July 23, 2015

Wine snobs may wrinkle their noses at the wines produced by Australia’s Casella Family Brands, but the eponymous family behind the business doesn’t mind – their affordable tipples are taking the US by storm. 

A bouncing kangaroo, like that brandished across Yellow Tail wine bottles, might be a stereotypically Australian image, but Casella Family Brands, the company behind it, built its company offshore.

May 27, 2015

Samson Paper, like many Asian family businesses, are not only driving the economic development of their countries, but are also shaping global production and consumption, and have recently expanded into sectors including aeronautics and marine services

Samson Paper, like many Asian family businesses, are not only driving the economic development of their countries, but are also shaping global production and consumption, and have recently expanded into sectors including aeronautics and marine services

Samson Paper in numbers
Founded: 1965
Generation: Second
Revenues: $660 million (2013)
Employees: 1,730

May 13, 2015

Right from the very dawn of the automobile in the 1800s, the name Maybach has been synonymous with quality engineering and high-end luxury. Now one scion is keeping that name alive in a unique fashion.

Throughout the history of the motorcar there is a select group of family names which have themselves become iconic automobile brands, Ford, Morgan, Daimler, Packard and Renault. But one name alone can claim to represent not only the earliest innovations and technical brilliance in the field, but also our contemporary view of the peak of luxuriousness and automotive splendour. That name is Maybach.

May 6, 2015

Gruelling hours and counting every penny. It’s a tough but conventional experience for many entrepreneurs. But the backstory of a Saudi prince? CampdenFB talks business with HRH Prince Abdullah Bin Mosaad Abdulaziz Al Saud, and how his tissue company is now helping to fund his biggest passion—sport

November 10, 2014

A small teddy bear might seem like an unlikely hero – but the emblem has now become synonymous with Catalan family business Tous, helping it transform from a small business to international jewellery and accessory brand favoured by the stars

A small teddy bear might seem like an unlikely hero – but the emblem has now become synonymous with Catalan family business Tous, helping it transform from a small business to international jewellery and accessory brand favoured by the stars

October 31, 2014

Heading to university in the US, Hussain Al Alawi, 33, got a taste of the highflying lifestyles of some of his classmates. But with a father unwilling to bankroll such extravagance, the third-gen got entrepreneurial

October 17, 2014

Taittinger was a favourite tipple of Ian Fleming’s James Bond and became the first ever official champagne Fifa served to VIPs at the World Cup in Brazil. Despite its glamorous image, however, the French champagne house adheres to a set of humble family values.

Religion is never far from the surface at Champagne Taittinger. The Gothic spires of Reims’ Notre-Dame Cathedral are clearly visible only a mile from the office of Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, the president of the eponymously-named champagne house and figurehead for what he calls “the champagne mission”.

July 24, 2014

Williams F1 and its founder, Sir Frank Williams, have become icons of British motorsport, but now his daughter is on track to take the wheel.

This is an edited version of a profile that originally appeared in the Spring 2014 edition of CampdenFB.

Motorsport and sustainability might not seem likely bedfellows, but this year Formula One is going greener than it’s ever been before. Claire Williams, whose upbringing was steeped in Formula One history and who was last year appointed deputy head of the Williams F1 team, says the motor-racing championship needs to change with the times.

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