Family Capital

They rarely get enough recognition, but classic mid-market Mittelstand companies deserve to be championed. 

The Rothschild heir has had some bad experiences, but a new app for London black cabs sounds right up his street. 

A family feud proves that one of the worst things a founder can do is to try to determine who goes into the family business, and how they should live their lives. 

His father and grandfather before him plumbed the depths and reached the heights, and now he plans to fly round the world in a solar plane. 

The Rothschild family’s decision to move out of fossil fuel investments is typical of a new generation of families who are aligning their investment with their beliefs. 

Whatever the fate of the Chiquita banana brand it will be in the control of a family. A far cry from its beginnings as a state-run company, and a sign of things to come. 

All to often family business stories only get reported when there is a family feud, and families are rarely given credit when things go right. That should change. 

The collapsed Portuguese bank was a victim of “diworsification”, a superficial spreading of risk that really only concentrated it. 

South Korea’s family-controlled conglomerates are becoming increasingly unpopular, and Hyundai’s decision to splurge $10bn on land is another jaw-dropping error. 

When it comes to raising money, firms are looking beyond the tried-and-tested tactics and embracing new and exciting ways of raising cash.