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August 8, 2011

Appointments of family members to boards are often more successful if they happen following a transparent nomination process and are based on a person’s ability, according to one leading family business commentator.

Appointments of family members to boards are often more successful if they happen following a transparent nomination process and are based on a person’s ability, according to one leading family business commentator.

Professor Joachim Schwass from Swiss-based business school IMD said a family member’s success on a company board is dependent on their internal and external credibility, adding that all family board appointments should be assessed based on these factors.

August 8, 2011

Elisabeth Murdoch will not join her father and brothers on News Corporation’s board, following suggestions the Murdoch family were too dominant at the media conglomerate. 

Elisabeth Murdoch will not join her father and brothers on News Corporation’s board, following suggestions the Murdoch family were too dominant at the media conglomerate.

After News Corp purchased Elisabeth’s TV production company Shine Group, known for making dramas such as The Tudors and Ashes to Ashes, in February, her father, Rupert Murdoch, said he expected his daughter would join News Corp’s board once the acquisition was completed.

August 4, 2011

The decision by News Corporation’s independent non-executive directors to hire a law firm to carry out an audit of governance practices is almost a “surrogate for a board evaluation”, according to analyst Jennifer Pendergast, from the US-based Family Business Consulting Group. 

The decision by News Corporation’s independent non-executive directors to hire a law firm to carry out an audit of governance practices is almost a “surrogate for a board evaluation”, according to analyst Jennifer Pendergast, from the US-based Family Business Consulting Group.

In July, the directors took on law firm Debevoise & Plimpton to offer advice on good corporate governance at the media conglomerate, which is dominated by Rupert Murdoch and his family.

February 23, 2011

As expected, Elisabeth Murdoch will join the board of her father’s media empire, following an agreement by News Corporation to purchase Murdoch’s television production company, Shine Group.

As expected, Elisabeth Murdoch will join the board of her father’s media empire, following an agreement by News Corporation to purchase Murdoch’s television production company, Shine Group.

January 17, 2011

Rupert Murdoch, owner of media empire News Corp, is in discussions to acquire the production company owned by his daughter, which some see as an attempt to bring her back into the family-controlled business.

Rupert Murdoch, owner of media empire News Corp, is in discussions to acquire the production company owned by his daughter, which some see as an attempt to bring her back into the family-controlled business.

Reports in the financial press say that the Shine Group, founded by Elisabeth Murdoch, had hired JP Morgan Chase to advise on strategy, including being acquired. Murdoch owns 53% of the company's shares, with Sony holding 20% and British Sky Broadcasting holding 13% stake.

February 14, 2008

James Murdoch could net nearly $20 million in his new post at News Corp.

James Murdoch (pictured) could net nearly $20 million in his new post at News Corp. He will receive a base salary of $3.4 million in his role as head of Asian and European operations and could also earn bonuses of approximately $16 million.

However, he still has some way to go to match his father's wealth. Rupert Murdoch, CEO of News Corp, earns a reported salary of $8.1 million. He also owns 30% of the firm and is worth an estimated $9 billion.

September 1, 2007

Handing over a family business to the next generation carries with it many inherent risks. Tom Davidow sets out the steps you should follow to ensure that a succession passes off successfully and the business is ready for the next phase of its development

Tom Davidow is founder and principal of Thomas D Davidow & Associates, based in Brookline, MA.

Handing over a family business to the next generation carries with it many inherent risks. Tom Davidow sets out the steps you should follow to ensure that a succession passes off successfully and the business is ready for the next phase of its development

September 1, 2007

Speculation that Rupert Murdoch would prevail in his bid for Dow Jones Company came to a halt after a mere three months, with an outcome that didn’t raise too many eyebrows. Shahnaz Mahmud examines the challenges the media mogul faced along the way

Shahnaz Mahmud is a freelance journalist based in the US.

Speculation that Rupert Murdoch would prevail in his bid for Dow Jones Company came to a halt after a mere three months, with an outcome that didn't raise too many eyebrows. Shahnaz Mahmud examines the challenges the media mogul faced along the way

July 1, 2004

Amassing a fortune is an often an event that takes place quickly. But can today’s families learn from yesterday’s leaders in protecting their wealth, their well-being and the good of wider society?

Dennis Jaffe is a professor at Saybrook Graduate School.

Amassing a fortune is an often an event that takes place quickly. But can today's families learn from yesterday's leaders in protecting their wealth, their well-being and the good of wider society?

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