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June 19, 2015

The Murdoch family likely had a considerable amount of discussion and debate about the succession of brothers James and Lachlan Murdoch to the helm of 21st Century Fox, a US family business expert says, and did well to keep those discussions contained.

The Murdoch family likely had a considerable amount of discussion and debate about the succession of brothers James and Lachlan Murdoch to the helm of 21st Century Fox, a US family business expert says, and did well to keep those discussions contained.

Earlier this month it was revealed that Rupert Murdoch was standing back as chief executive of the movie and entertainment studio, appointing his sons to top positions within the company, with James becoming chief executive.

May 8, 2015

Nonagenarian Viacom and CBS chairman Sumner Redstone has been forced to release a statement that he has no plans to retire, following media speculation he is in poor health.

Nonagenarian Viacom and CBS chairman Sumner Redstone has been forced to release a statement that he has no plans to retire, following media speculation he is in poor health.

Redstone added that despite press reports to the contrary, no decision on his successor had been made.

May 1, 2015

The overwhelming majority of successful family businesses have a clearly identified individual responsible for succession planning, and 70% are considering a woman for their next CEO, new research has found.

The overwhelming majority of successful family businesses have a clearly identified individual responsible for succession planning, and 70% are considering a woman for their next CEO, new research has found.

October 29, 2014

Primogeniture is no longer the norm when it comes to succession planning, a new family business report reveals, with daughters and younger siblings worldwide increasingly taking up executive positions.

Primogeniture is no longer the norm when it comes to succession planning, a new family business report reveals, with daughters and younger siblings worldwide increasingly taking up executive positions.

June 2, 2014

Malcolm Glazer’s long established estate succession plan for the two sports teams he owned will ensure they remain with the Glazer family for generations to come, the family has said in a statement.

Malcolm Glazer’s long established estate succession plan for the two sports teams he owned will ensure they remain with the Glazer family for generations to come, the family has said in a statement.

Malcolm Glazer, the US real estate mogul and owner of Manchester United and NFL team the Buccaneers, has died aged 85.

The Buccaneers made a statement on their website about the future of the team.

May 14, 2014

Basing a family business in Cyprus or Poland instead of Denmark or France could significantly alter the tax burden on the next generation following succession, according to new analysis released by KPMG and European Family Businesses.

Basing a family business in Cyprus or Poland instead of Denmark or France could significantly alter the tax burden on the next generation following succession, according to new analysis released by KPMG and European Family Businesses.

May 2, 2014

A change of leadership at Ford Motor Company has been accelerated six months and declared one of the smoothest in the family business’s history, according to the fourth-gen executive chairman.

A change of leadership at Ford Motor Company has been accelerated six months and declared one of the smoothest in the family business’s history, according to the fourth-gen executive chairman.

On Thursday, the US carmaker announced Alan Mulally, 68, who steered the company through the global financial downturn, would be stepping down as chief executive and president on 1 July.

Mark Fields, 53, who has been the company’s chief operating officer since December 2012, will replace him.

December 10, 2013

Business founders in Asia are delaying passing the reins on to the next generation, despite wanting to keep their company in family hands, a new report out of Singapore reveals.

Business founders in Asia are delaying passing the reins on to the next generation, despite wanting to keep their company in family hands, a new report out of Singapore reveals.

According to Asian business families succession: going the distance with the next generation, the first generation of a family firm is only likely to cede management control in their 70s.

June 19, 2013

Lawyers and family business experts suggest a divorce like the one Rupert Murdoch is facing could be a big distraction for a company boss, particularly at a time when the business faces challenges – as the Murdoch empire might following its recent split into two firms.

Lawyers and family business experts suggest a divorce like the one Rupert Murdoch is facing could be a big distraction for a company boss, particularly at a time when the business faces challenges – as the Murdoch empire might following its recent split into two firms.

Senior partner and co-founder of Banyan Family Business Advisors Henry Foley said divorce increases tension within the family business, and multiple divorces compound these impacts. Murdoch, 82, filed for divorce from Wendi Deng last week – he has already been through two other divorces.

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