Family Capital looks back at some of the big stories, themes, and developments in 2016.
Did they pan out in 2016?
The great German family business icon dies - and leaves a great legacy
February 17 The forefathers of stakeholder capitalism
These days everyone is talking about stakeholder values in business, but some have been talking about it many years before
Johan Andresen runs a unique single-family office - and he’s very open about it
Can a big family business ever be particularly entrepreneurial anymore?
Family offices are growing faster in India than in any other emerging market
Contrary to the popular imagine, the tax regime for family businesses is one of best in the world
When family business is mentioned in conversation, the immediate perception is a small business. But many of them are huge.
There are more family-run banks then you might expect, but does that mean they are good for family businesses?
Most family businesses are watching the digital phenomenon passively - that isn’t a good thing
And they have proven right to do so…
All of them are still very relevant…and a good read
Unlocking disputes between family shareholders can sometimes become impossible
August 17 Why startups love family offices
They’re more likely to commit for the long term, compared with VC funds
Many family businesses often neglect corporate communications, believing the success of their business is good enough to do the talking for them
Germany’s family businesses are increasingly being owned, but not operated by their owners. The difficulty with this development is that ownership without knowledge of how to run these businesses could pose a threat to many of them.
Want to know how big the family business world has become, then look at the success of the main academic journal on the subject, the Family Business Review
When innovation is all about the new and the future, how can a 300-year-old family business, with all its traditions and legacies, innovate and compete? Very well, in fact, because many family businesses innovate through tradition.
A list of 10 startups and the family offices backing them
Some good reasons why a single-family office shouldn’t hide behind an anonymous sign
A partnership: This is where a family could be a very worthwhile partner to a fund. Not a limited partner in the traditional sense, but a partner of growth
Impact investing is catching on, or at least that’s what an increasing number of proponents say. But does it have the legs to really attract serious investors, or will it always be a niche asset class for a few very rich and idealistic families?
Family businesses have traditionally been reluctant to talk to advisers. What possible advice could an external specialist give me when my family knows the business inside out? So the argument goes. But the flip side of this is family businesses need advice from external specialists more than ever.
How can an organisation with a relatively small investment team such as a family office deal with the deluge of data that can inform investment processes today?
This year, Family Capital’s Investor of the Year goes to the Pritzker Group and its two principals - brothers Tony and JB Pritzker.
Given the high esteem the Lego company is held in the world of family businesses, there are three lessons family enterprises can take from the reorganisation of Lego.
The recent announcement that some of the wealthiest investors in the world are backing a big cleantech fund is likely to spark renewed interest in the sector, despite many venture capital firms suffering big losses for years in cleantech. What should family offices, traditionally among the biggest investors in cleantech, do now?