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January 26, 2021

Most family fortunes were forged thanks to a founding entrepreneur and their successors who managed to uphold their legacy over the generations. The entrepreneurial tale of the founder is often passed down proudly from generation to generation. However, it is also common to see the successor generations concentrate so much on the core business that they sometimes lose the very entrepreneurial drive that gave rise to their family business in the first place.

Most family fortunes were forged thanks to a founding entrepreneur and their successors who managed to uphold their legacy over the generations. The entrepreneurial tale of the founder is often passed down proudly from generation to generation.

However, it is also common to see the successor generations concentrate so much on the core business that they sometimes lose the very entrepreneurial drive that gave rise to their family business in the first place.

January 22, 2021

Agnelli heir John Elkann in the driving seat of Stellantis, Samsung heir Lee Jae Yong sentenced to prison, Benjamin de Rothschild dies aged 57.

Agnelli heir John Elkann in the driving seat of Stellantis

John Elkann, scion of Italy’s Agnelli dynasty, says the new $51 billion Fiat-Chrysler-PSA mega-merger he masterminded will meet the world’s needs in sustainable mobility.

January 22, 2021

Choosing the right leader at the right time will be one of the most critical decisions you can make to secure the continued success of your business. Rarely has continuity and succession planning been more important, given the recent challenges faced by family businesses throughout the world.

Choosing the right leader at the right time will be one of the most critical decisions you can make to secure the continued success of your business. Rarely has continuity and succession planning been more important, given the recent challenges faced by family businesses throughout the world.

January 20, 2021

Two brothers sharing ownership in a successful fourth-generation concrete business had a bitter falling-out triggered by an unlikely issue: a sailboat. The older sibling accused his younger brother of dipping into the company till to support his racing habit.

Two brothers sharing ownership in a successful fourth-generation concrete business had a bitter falling-out triggered by an unlikely issue: a sailboat. The older sibling accused his younger brother of dipping into the company till to support his racing habit.

January 14, 2021

The next generation of leaders have a vision for the future which is different to their parents and more strategic, says next-gen social entrepreneur Olga Vysokova.

The next generation of leaders have a vision for the future which is different to their parents and more strategic, says next-gen social entrepreneur Olga Vysokova.

Vysokova, a London-based financial services professional, worked for her parent’s family business for more than a decade and co-founded the Global Next Gen Community in 2019.

January 8, 2021

Arnault heir joins power trio in charge of Tiffany and Co, Founder Leonardo Del Vecchio steps back in EssilorLuxottica power transfer, Rockefeller Foundation divests $5 billion in fossil fuels.

Arnault heir joins power trio in charge of Tiffany and Co

Alexandre Arnault is being widely regarded as the heir apparent of his father’s French luxury goods empire LVMH with his appointment to the new executive leadership of Tiffany and Co.

Arnault (pictured), 28, is the second eldest son of Bernard Arnault (pictured below), 71, the billionaire chairman and chief executive of LVMH. The next-gen led luggage manufacturer RIMOWA since January 2017, after initiating and leading its acquisition by LVMH.

January 6, 2021

In a recent family business event, a couple of young family business owners were asking questions around their role, finding their place and their individual voice. Questions motivated by their respective positions as heirs, beneficiaries, descendants, inheritors and ‘next-in-line’.

In a recent family business event, a couple of young family business owners were asking questions around their role, finding their place and their individual voice. Questions motivated by their respective positions as heirs, beneficiaries, descendants, inheritors and ‘next-in-line’.

Any one of these descriptions are representative of considerable responsibilities and accepted norms. Taken together, they represent the range and depth of the obligations, paths and expectations which together are captured in one word: successor.

January 4, 2021

After a 2020 that was nowhere near what most of us anticipated, it’s perhaps bullish to make predictions about 2021, but Tom McGinness, KPMG’s head of family business, is not deterred from outlining the top 10 topics that he expects to be discussing with those leading family businesses during the coming year.

After a 2020 that was nowhere near what most of us anticipated, it’s perhaps bullish to make predictions about 2021, but Tom McGinness, KPMG’s head of family business, is not deterred from outlining the top 10 topics that he expects to be discussing with those leading family businesses during the coming year.

1.            Reviewing shared purpose

December 15, 2020

The United Kingdom left the European Union last year and the transitional period which applies EU law to UK divorces expires on 31 December, 2020 at 23:00 GMT. This expiry will have potentially dramatic changes in international family law which will affect every wealthy family with a European connection.

The United Kingdom left the European Union last year and the transitional period which applies EU law to UK divorces expires on 31 December, 2020 at 23:00 GMT. This expiry will have potentially dramatic changes in international family law which will affect every wealthy family with a European connection.

And there will be profound changes in the way that family law operates within Europe after that date.

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