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May 6, 2016

From Blackmores to Wah Kwong Maritime Transport – we’ve scoured the globe for the A-Z of top family business leaders in 2016

Whether its family members taking over top leadership positions, or businesses who’ve beaten Apple in corporate reputation rankings, we’ve got the leaders steering their family businesses in innovative and interesting directions

April 22, 2016

Seven decades ago the Nuqul family was fleeing Palestine by foot; today they head up one of Jordan’s largest family businesses. Jessica Tasman-Jones spoke with its second-generation chairman about how his family business has weathered the region’s geopolitical risk and the importance of good corporate governance

Seven decades ago the Nuqul family was fleeing Palestine by foot; today they head up one of Jordan’s largest family businesses. Jessica Tasman-Jones spoke with its second-generation chairman about how his family business has weathered the region’s geopolitical risk and the importance of good corporate governance

“My father was deprived of higher education because he did not have the means. At the time he should have been at university he was crossing the borders by foot.”

February 5, 2016

Marketing your family business in a war-torn country might sound like a heavy cross to bear, but for Wafa Elnefeidi, third-generation general manager at Sudan’s Elnefeidi Group, the main challenge stems from gender inequality. 

Keeping a business afloat through two rounds of north-south civil war is no easy task. Imagine then the challenges of building out a marketing department in the same environment. Yet at the Elnefeidi Group, one of Sudan’s most prominent family-owned conglomerates, marketing has been a staple for more than 80 years.

January 29, 2016

The King family has built a family business managing everything from hospitals in Nigeria to a 1,900-seat restaurant at the home of English football. Hertford and Chester King discuss expanding their country club Stoke Park, planning an A-list development, and working with one of China’s biggest entrepreneurs.

December 30, 2015

Family-owned shipyards are trying to steer a steady course despite choppy conditions. Alan Harper meets the families behind Dutch shipbuilders Amels and Royal Huisman, and Italy’s Overmarine Group

From the outside, few industries look more glossy and alluring than superyacht building. Insiders would shake their heads at such naivété.

“Avoid getting carried away by the glamour, or seduced by the hype,” says one eminent UK consultant. “Some make it - most don’t.” In Viareggio, Italian yacht builder Maurizio Balducci agrees: “The boat business is strange. It’s not straightforward – it’s not like making bread. Sometimes the best commercial strategy is simply not possible.”

December 17, 2015

For all the attention climate receives, another environmental crisis – the sixth great extinction – receives relatively less airtime. Jessica Tasman-Jones met with philanthropists seeking to protect and restore the balance of nature – from the Scottish Highlands to Patagonia

This article appeared in the Autumn issue of CampdenFO. Not long after the magazine went to print Doug Tompkins, whose foundation is mentioned in the text and whose wife, Kris, was interviewed for the article, died suddenly in a kayaking accident. Despite being a serial entrepreneur (he founded The North Face and co-founded Esprit), his philanthropy and commitment to conservation is one of the greatest legacies he leaves behind.

July 23, 2015

Wine snobs may wrinkle their noses at the wines produced by Australia’s Casella Family Brands, but the eponymous family behind the business doesn’t mind – their affordable tipples are taking the US by storm. 

A bouncing kangaroo, like that brandished across Yellow Tail wine bottles, might be a stereotypically Australian image, but Casella Family Brands, the company behind it, built its company offshore.

May 27, 2015

Samson Paper, like many Asian family businesses, are not only driving the economic development of their countries, but are also shaping global production and consumption, and have recently expanded into sectors including aeronautics and marine services

Samson Paper, like many Asian family businesses, are not only driving the economic development of their countries, but are also shaping global production and consumption, and have recently expanded into sectors including aeronautics and marine services

Samson Paper in numbers
Founded: 1965
Generation: Second
Revenues: $660 million (2013)
Employees: 1,730

May 13, 2015

Right from the very dawn of the automobile in the 1800s, the name Maybach has been synonymous with quality engineering and high-end luxury. Now one scion is keeping that name alive in a unique fashion.

Throughout the history of the motorcar there is a select group of family names which have themselves become iconic automobile brands, Ford, Morgan, Daimler, Packard and Renault. But one name alone can claim to represent not only the earliest innovations and technical brilliance in the field, but also our contemporary view of the peak of luxuriousness and automotive splendour. That name is Maybach.

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