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January 3, 2012

With his successful family business, large collection of art, multi-billion-dollar fortune and football team Stade Rennais Football Club, Francois Pinault doesn’t want for much – except the privilege of being a member of France’s Legion of Honour. 

With his successful family business, large collection of art, multi-billion-dollar fortune and football team Stade Rennais Football Club, Francois Pinault doesn’t want for much – except the privilege of being a member of France’s Legion of Honour.

But the country’s president, Nicolas Sarkozy, recently announced plans to amend this – naming Pinault on the New Year's Honours list.

December 31, 2011

Scottish philosopher David Hume is most famous for his work on induction, arguing that we can’t ever know that the future will resemble the past. That could be the motto for 2012. 

During the summer - in the lull between the Arab Spring and the autumn, when the sovereign debt crisis grew up and became the eurozone crisis – there was a mildly diverting bit of banter in the Financial Times about which philosopher best illuminated the current state of the world, economically-speaking.

December 15, 2011

The Angelini family is likely to have more trouble choosing what bottles to uncork during the holiday season, as it recently acquired family business Bertani, a Veneto-based wine maker famous for its amarone, valpolicella and recioto wines. 

The Angelini family is likely to have more trouble choosing what bottles to uncork during the holiday season, as it recently acquired family business Bertani, a Veneto-based wine maker famous for its amarone, valpolicella and recioto wines.

The acquisition expands the portfolio of Tenimenti Angelini, the winery arm of the family company Angelini Group, which produces wines such as chianti, brunello di Montalcino and montepulciano.

December 10, 2011

When you’re the head of a luxury conglomerate like LVMH, there’s a certain upmarket reputation to uphold. So it’s of little wonder that chief executive Bernard Arnault is reportedly in talks to buy property on London’s exclusive Bond Street. 

When you’re the head of a luxury conglomerate like LVMH, there’s a certain upmarket reputation to uphold. So it’s of little wonder that chief executive Bernard Arnault is reportedly in talks to buy property on London’s exclusive Bond Street.

The family business is looking at a trio of shops on the street, including its flagshop Louis Vuitton store at 17-20 Bond Street, according to reports.

December 7, 2011

International law firm Mishcon de Reya has upped its focus on family businesses in the US by introducing a new family law division.

International law firm Mishcon de Reya has upped its focus on family businesses in the US by introducing a new family law division.

It will be headed by Michael Stutman, an expert in resolving family disputes and divorce settlements. The New York-based office will handle clients who are involved in family businesses.

December 3, 2011

It’s known as one of the toughest, most gruelling off-road races in the world, but that hasn’t deterred one family business from lending its support to the Dakar Rally. 

It’s known as one of the toughest, most gruelling off-road races in the world, but that hasn’t deterred one family business from lending its support to the Dakar Rally.

For eight years in a row, Henkel, controlled by descendants of founder Fritz Henkel, has sponsored the Dakar Rally – which will next take place in January 2012 in Argentina, Chile and Peru.

November 4, 2011

A family-run whiskey maker that recently played a part in Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ken Burns’s documentary Prohibition is to release a number of its limited edition bourbons this month.  

A family-run whiskey maker that recently played a part in Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ken Burns’s documentary Prohibition is to release a number of its limited edition bourbons this month.

Buffalo Trace Distillery produces the Van Winkle bourbon whiskey portfolio, comprising four bourbons, each aged between 10 and 23 years, and they will hit selected retail stores by the end of November.

November 1, 2011

A member of the Coutts family, which was once behind bank giant Coutts and Co, where the Queen keeps some of her money, is set to sleep rough for a week. 

A member of the Coutts family, which was once behind banking giant Coutts and Co, where the Queen keeps some of her money, is set to sleep rough for a week.

Drummond Money-Coutts, son of former investment banker Crispin Money-Coutts, who was the last of the Coutts to work in the family business, is hoping to raise awareness of homelessness when he takes to the streets of London in a fortnight’s time.

October 13, 2011

Many of Spain’s top family businesses, as well as a sprinkling of businesses from other parts of Europe, gathered at a CampdenFB/Ernst & Young roundtable in September. 

Many of Spain’s top family businesses, as well as a sprinkling of businesses from other parts of Europe, gathered at a CampdenFB/Ernst & Young roundtable in September.

Hosted by the Torres family, makers of some of Spain’s most famous wines, in its bodegas outside of Barcelona (pictured), delegates discussed the big issue of non-family directors in family businesses.

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