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May 16, 2012

Is there any greater family business dynasty than the Rothschilds? CampdenFB speaks to Baron David de Rothschild, the head of Rothschild Group.

Baron David de Rothschild, the chairman of Rothschild Group, recounts a story when entering New York 10 years ago. “As I passed through immigration and showed my passport the official asked me if I was from the great wine family,” he says. “I said yes, and then he asked me why I was visiting. I told him it was to see our bank here—and he looked perplexed.” The immigration official had never heard of Rothschild the bank.

March 15, 2012

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy," said Benjamin Franklin. Why do family businesses do so well in the brewing sector? CampdenFB finds out.

“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy,” said Benjamin Franklin. Leaving aside the theology, the cold, hard figures suggest that the age-old mixture of water, barley, yeast and hops does indeed put a smile on faces the world over. Global beer consumption has increased 3% a year over the past decade.

March 8, 2012

Are women better at running companies? Whatever the answer, there is little doubt that women are playing a bigger role in family businesses.

Dominique Hériard Dubreuil didn’t plan on joining the family business. As a drinks company, Rémy Cointreau operated in a male-dominated industry and she had three brothers – who seemed like natural successors in 1960s and 1970s France.

March 4, 2012

Family businesses are the driving force of Germany’s economy and behind much of its success as the second biggest exporter in the world. CampdenFB takes a look at some of the leading German family businesses in an interactive graphic.

Family businesses are the driving force of Germany’s economy and behind much of its success as the second biggest exporter in the world. They come in all shapes and sizes and include two of the country’s iconic car makers, Volkswagen and BMW.

But many of them are the famed Mittelstand companies – small and mid-sized firms, controlled by the founder or the founder’s family, that drive forward Germany’s economy, which is Europe’s largest.

March 1, 2012

The last five years haven’t been the easiest for companies across the globe. But despite the uphill battle family businesses face, many are thriving. That’s thanks in no small part to their leaders. For the second year in a row, the CampdenFB/Ernst & Young Top Family Business Leaders list honours 50 remarkable chairmen, presidents, chief executives and managing directors.

The last five years haven’t been the easiest for companies across the globe. But despite the uphill battle family businesses face, many are thriving. That’s thanks in no small part to their leaders.

For the second year in a row, the CampdenFB/Ernst & Young Top Family Business Leaders list honours 50 remarkable chairmen, presidents, chief executives and managing directors.

February 23, 2012

Marie-Christine Coisne-Roquette is one of the world’s top family business leaders. CampdenFB finds out what’s behind her success. 

February 21, 2012

Bob Rich, sportsman, author and chairman of one of the US’s biggest family-controlled food businesses, explains why ethics matter, family members can’t be complacent and why he'll never retire. 

Sitting in his office one afternoon, Bob Rich received a frantic call from an employee. The man, tasked with heading up the family business’s operations in an emerging economy, had just spoken to border officials, who were demanding bribes to get Rich Products’ goods into the nation. The manager didn’t know what do to.

January 11, 2012

Dramatic profit rises or falls are relatively uncommon in family businesses thanks to their long-term approach, but two family-controlled businesses have gone against the grain this week, reporting results at the opposite ends of the spectrum. 

Dramatic profit rises or falls are relatively uncommon in family businesses thanks to their long-term approach, but two family-controlled companies have gone against the grain this week, reporting results at the opposite ends of the spectrum.

In Europe, watchmaker Swatch Group, controlled by the Hayek family, said on 10 January that sales reached a record high of CHF7.14 billion (€5.89 billion) last year, up 21.7% at constant rates compared to 2010 figures.

November 15, 2011

Half of the winners at this year’s awards for British companies in the luxury industry were family businesses, with names such as Goring hotel group and department store Selfridges prominent.

Half of the winners at this year’s awards for British companies in the luxury industry were family businesses, with names such as Goring hotel group and department store Selfridges prominent.

Organised by Walpole, the non-profit lobby group for the British luxury sector, the awards ceremony saw five of the 10 awards going to family businesses.

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