Sometimes what one generation wants doesn’t happen – that’s often for the better

Some of these dynasties lasted for hundreds of years and were brought down by a quick succession of events. Family disunity played a big role in their demise

A pioneer when it came to corporate governance, but he also failed to keep the family business together

Some of these leaders will become household names in the years ahead

Her understated approach to BMW and her family was crucial to the success of the family business

Stakeholder values are clearly set out by one of Sri Lanka’s best known family businesses


The lawyers look to be the biggest beneficiaries of an ongoing dispute between uncle and nephew for control of Europe’s biggest private food companies.

A recent report predicts that women will increasingly lead family businesses as more families decide to appoint a female boss than ever before. Here’s five family businesses run by exceptional women who’ve made a difference to the success of their companies – and are providing a role model for future women leaders.

Economists estimate that the Greek economy has shrunk by at least 25% since it entered a prolonged recession in 2008. That’s hit companies hard and many family businesses have been at the sharp end of dire economic situation. It’s estimated that 75% of the private sector is family controlled, with most of these businesses employ just a few family members. But Greece has also given rise to the concept of shipping dynasties – made famous by the legendary Aristotle Onassis.

For the second generation it can be tough. Maybe the only way to prove to yourself you’ve got what it takes – and prove to your parents – is to become an entrepreneur yourself. That’s what Jan Olszewski has done.