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This week’s family investment deals

KCK, the family investment group of Nael Kassar, has invested in IAM Robotics. KCK backed the Pittsburg robotics group with $20 million in funding.

AHL Venture Partners, a venture/impact investing group linked to the fortune made by the Swedish oil and mining entrepreneur Adolf H. Lundin, has invested in online supermarket group Twiga Foods, which is based in Kenya. AHL was one of six investors participating in a Series B funding round worth $10 million. Other backers of Twiga Foods in the past have included family office impact investors, Omidyar Network and Blue Haven Initiative.

Delphine Arnault, the daughter of Bernard Arnault, and a member of France’s richest family, has invested in Airtable, a cloud-based software company. Arnault was one of eight investors committing $100 million in a Series C funding round for the San Francisco-based venture.

Esther Dyson was one of 12 investors in a biotech group called Ezra. Dyson and the other investors seeded the group with $4 million. Dyson does many of her investments through her family office, EDventure Holdings, although it wasn’t clear that this investment was channelled through the family office.

Cristina Stenbeck, a board member of Kinnevik, a private investment office owned by three Swedish families, has backed Voi Technology, which makes electrically powered scooters systems. Stenbeck was one of ten investors in a Series A funding round worth $50 million for the Swedish startup.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has backed an Indian agritech startup called CropIn Technologies. The Gates Foundation lead the round with one other investor, which was worth Rupee580 million.

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