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November 1, 2004

Fresh from winning the 2004 IMD – Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch Distinguished Family Business Award, Joachim Schwass reports on the Barilla family and the history behind their flourishing bread and pasta empire

Joachim Schwass is Professor of Family Business, IMD and co-director of The IMD – Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch Family Business Research Center.

Fresh from winning the 2004 IMD – Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch Distinguished Family Business Award, Joachim Schwass reports on the Barilla family and the history behind their flourishing bread and pasta empire

September 1, 2004

The end of succession by autocratic decree wasn’t the threat it appeared. Career choice has paved the way for a uniquely business-savvy next generation – who join the fold because they’re passionate about their family business. Melanie Stern reports

Melanie Stern is section editor of Families in Business magazine.

The end of succession by autocratic decree wasn't the threat it appeared. Career choice has paved the way for a uniquely business-savvy next generation – who join the fold because they're passionate about their family business. Melanie Stern reports

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.

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