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September 1, 2004

Qian Hu’s dragon fish should save a little of their mysterious luck for patriarch Kenny Yap, as he boldly swaps his company’s wholesale business for a retail empire. Melanie Stern reports

Melanie Stern is section editor of Families in Business magazine.

Qian Hu's dragon fish should save a little of their mysterious luck for patriarch Kenny Yap, as he boldly swaps his company's wholesale business for a retail empire. Melanie Stern reports

Even on the other end of the telephone line, the sound of gritted teeth behind the trademark happy grin of Qian Hu Corporation's Kenny Yap is palpable.
 

September 1, 2004

How do you grow a tiny family business into a €1.5bn manufacturing multinational? Keep things simple, says JCB’s chairman. Scott McCulloch talks to Sir Anthony Bamford in this exclusive report

Scott Mcculloch is editor of Families in Business magazine.

How do you grow a tiny family business into a €1.5bn manufacturing multinational? Keep things simple, says JCB's chairman. Scott McCulloch talks to Sir Anthony Bamford in this exclusive report

Spend an hour with Sir Anthony Bamford and it becomes blindingly obvious why his company is a model of efficiency: the man cherishes simplicity.
 

July 1, 2004

Over the past 13 years André Kudelski has transformed his father’s embattled audio recorder company into a €273m smart card and encryption software leader – not bad for a 43-year old

Scott McCulloch is Editor of Families in Business magazine.

Over the past 13 years André Kudelski has transformed his father's embattled audio recorder company into a €273m smart card and encryption software leader – not bad for a 43-year old

Producing smart cards that slide into cable and satellite decoders does not sound like your average father and son operation. But then André and Stefan Kudelski are not your average Swiss billionaires.

July 1, 2004

Johan H Andresen, CEO of Norwegian venture capital investor Ferd, talks about 2003’s board professionalisation process, and why an emphasis on good governance can see the company achieve its goals

Melanie Stern is Section Editor of Families in Business magazine.

Johan H Andresen, CEO of Norwegian venture capital investor Ferd, talks about 2003's board professionalisation process, and why an emphasis on good governance can see the company achieve its goals

"A community is like a ship," celebrated 19th century Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen once said. "Everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm."

July 1, 2004

Faber-Castell, the eighth-generation family-controlled writing instruments group, is showing no signs of retrenchment but just how long will its creative streak last?

Scott McCulloch is Editor of Families in Business magazine.

Faber-Castell, the eighth-generation family-controlled writing instruments group, is showing no signs of retrenchment but just how long will its creative streak last?

Faber-Castell is keen to set the record straight from the outset. The family business is not a German pencil-maker that exports but an international group with 15 factories round the world and 5,500 employees.
 

May 1, 2004

The Knie dynasty, the eighth-generation family behind Switzerland’s famed national circus recently cracked the 200-year mark. Who says family businesses rarely last the distance?

Scott McCulloch is Editor of Families in Business magazine.

The Knie dynasty, the eighth-generation family behind Switzerland's famed national circus recently cracked the 200-year mark. Who says family businesses rarely last the distance?

The show, as they say in showbiz, must go on. The Knie dynasty, the colourful family business behind the Swiss National Circus would agree. "We do not want to disappoint our audience," says Fredy Knie Jr, the 57-year old son of the legendary horseman Fredy Knie Sr. "It's the only way to be profitable."

May 1, 2004

Sweden’s iconic wooden toy company has been something of a slow train in a locomotive race, but has total faith in its plan to sideline its multi-million dollar debt and return to profitability by 2005

Melanie Stern is Section Editor of Families in Business magazine.

Sweden's iconic wooden toy company has been something of a slow train in a locomotive race, but has total faith in its plan to sideline its multi-million dollar debt and return to profitability by 2005

There's optimism, and there is blind faith. One can't be sure which side of the tracks the brothers Dag and Bengt Ivarsson, fourth family generation and board members of iconic toy company Brio, stand.

May 1, 2004

Cigars may be back in vogue but that’s of little concern to Villiger, the Swiss family business whose obsession with quality has elevated cigar production to an art form

Scott McCulloch is Editor of Families in Business magazine.

Cigars may be back in vogue but that's of little concern to Villiger, the Swiss family business whose obsession with quality has elevated cigar production to an art form

Before Monica Lewinsky put the cigar on the world map, it was something favoured by older men and tough gangsters – the likes of Al Capone, Tony Montana and Winston Churchill invariably flourished smouldering stogies.

March 1, 2004

Spot an opportunity and see it through could be the Khayyat family motto. But ‘one door closes and another one opens’ seems more apt for the canny family behind Meatco, Jordan’s masters of survival and economic opportunism

Scott McCulloch is Editor of Families in Business magazine.

Spot an opportunity and see it through could be the Khayyat family motto. But 'one door closes and another one opens' seems more apt for the canny family behind Meatco, Jordan's masters of survival and economic opportunism

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