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June 21, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, Warren Buffett donates $4 billion to charity; Harold Hamm aims to take oil group Continental Resources private; and Ronald Perelman sees big losses as Revlon faces bankruptcy.

Warren Buffett donates $4 billion to charity
Legendary investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett is staying true to his pledge to give away nearly all his personal fortune – valued at $93.4 billion, according to Forbes – with a $4 billion donation to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and four other family charities.

May 31, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, Tetra Pak heir Magnus Rausing finances a Hollywood production company; Trudy Busch Valentine discusses her US senate candidacy; and Akshata Murty develops a host of big-ticket investments.

Tetra Pak heir Magnus Rausing finances Hollywood production company
Magnus Rausing, the great-grandson of Tetra Pak packaging technology pioneer Ruben Andersson and heir to the multi-billion Tetra Laval fortune, has revealed his investment in Dark Dreams Entertainment, the production company owned by Magic Mike and I Am Number Four actor Alex Pettyfer.

May 18, 2022

With Elon Musk making headlines for the ongoing acquisition of Twitter, his single family office and the man who handles his private finances have been thrust into the limelight. Jared Birchall is in a position of great trust but, asks Paul Westall, how much does the man who works for the world’s richest man make?...

The world’s richest man makes headlines for a variety of reasons, but his ongoing acquisition of Twitter is pushing his single family office (SFO) Excession, further into the limelight.

It is also placing a spotlight on Excession managing director and Musk’s right-hand man, Jared Birchall, who is now leading one of the most significant takeovers in history.

April 26, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, B&M boss Simon Arora announces his retirement; Elon Musk reaches a deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion; and Nandan Nilekani builds a tech platform to take on Amazon in India.

B&M discount chain boss Simon Arora set to retire

Simon Arora, the billionaire co-owner of UK discount chain B&M has announced his retirement after acquiring the then-failing business from Phildrew Investments in 2004.

April 19, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, Brewing heir Santo Domingo joins a Chelsea FC consortium; Twitter’s board of directors approves a ‘Poison pill’ strategy against Elon Musk’s takeover bid; and Sir Terence Conran’s former restaurant empire is up for auction.

Brewing heir Santo Domingo backs Chelsea FC takeover bid
Colombian-born billionaire brewing heir Alejandro Santo Domingo [picured left] has announced his backing for the bid to buy Chelsea Football Club.

Santo Domingo, who sits on the board of the world’s largest brewer ABInBev, has joined part of the investor group spearheaded by former Liverpool FC and British Airways chairman Sir Martin Broughton.

April 5, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, Elon Musk obtains a 9.2% stake in Twitter; Henry Sy’s family buy out Philippine Geothermal Production Co; and The Rockefeller Foundation makes a $105 million climate-friendly food pledge.

Elon Musk obtains 9.2% Twitter stake for $2.89 billion
Shares in social media titan Twitter have swollen by 25% after the world’s richest person Elon Musk [pictured left] bought a 9.2% stake for $2.89 billion.

The Tesla and SpaceX founder snapped up 73,486,938 Twitter shares in a move that has surprised many, particularly as Musk has been critical of the channel’s free-speech policies.

November 11, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has seen some ‘accidental’ beneficiaries including technology giants Amazon, Netflix and Apple following changes in consumer behaviour. Billionaires like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Bill Gates have seen their wealth grow during the pandemic and they are not alone.

The Covid-19 pandemic has seen some ‘accidental’ beneficiaries including technology giants Amazon, Netflix and Apple following changes in consumer behaviour. Billionaires like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Bill Gates have seen their wealth grow during the pandemic and they are not alone.

More than five million people became millionaires across the world in 2020 despite the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Credit Suisse.

August 20, 2021

Scholastic Corporation owner Richard Robinson Jr has cut family out of succession plan, Pritzker family’s Hyatt hotel chain doubles stake in luxury resorts, Richard Branson sells $300 million shares in Virgin Galactic.

Scholastic Corporation owner Richard Robinson Jr has cut family out of succession plan

The family behind the US publisher of Harry Potter and The Hunger Games is reportedly reviewing its legal options after its principal left the $1.2 billion business to his lover.

April 22, 2019

London-based fourth-generation family office J Leon Group has overhauled its giving in the last decade. Paddy Walker, managing director, spoke to Alexandra Newlove about how the diverse giving portfolio—from stopping killer robots to challenging hate speech—has brought the family closer

The 18 charities supported by J Leon may seem disparate at first glance. But drill down a little and you find they align under five key areas informed by the family’s history, passion, and expertise.

In the noughties, Paddy Walker and Tania Slowe, joint managing directors and husband-wife team, executed two buy-backs, taking the number of shareholders from 140 to fewer than 20.

It was this, Walker says, which spurred the family to reassess its giving, as the family felt closer and it became easier to communicate.

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