The Astonishing Rise and Fall of the Legendary Astor Family

The Stunning Rise and Fall of the Astor Family Empire

It was an image so rich in irony that it was almost poetic. Some of the last heirs of the legendary Astor family living...
Steinway & Sons: A 160 Year Musical Legacy

Steinway & Sons: A 160 Year Legacy of Musical Excellence

For any emerging family-owned enterprise, a professional endorsement can go a long way to increasing brand awareness and market credibility. But only a select...
uSfuur: Supporting Syrian Refugee Communities, One Piece of Jewelry at a Time

uSfuur: Supporting Syrian Refugee Communities, One Piece of Jewelry at a Time

Yara Tiass is a Syrian-born entrepreneur who was deeply impacted by the devastation in her home country. After completing an MBA in Paris, she moved to...
5 Shocking Mergers and Acquisitions

5 Shocking Mergers and Acquisitions by Major Companies

Earlier this year, American cable giant Comcast called off a potential merger with Time Warner Cable after coming under a firestorm of criticism from...
How the McMahon’s turned the WWE into a 4th Generation Family Business Empire

How the McMahon’s Turned the WWE into a 4th Generation Family Business Empire

Vince McMahon is a man known for wearing many hats. To many, he is the face and force behind what is now known as...
Block by Block, Piece by Piece: The Story of Lego

Block by Block, Piece by Piece: The Story of Lego

How did the Kristiansen family from Denmark turn their small local toy company into Lego, perhaps the most successful and globally recognizable toy brand...
How Family Strategy Can Increase Family Cohesion and Business Connectivity

How Family Strategy Can Increase Family Cohesion and Business Connectivity

Family-owned businesses which install a family charta with binding rules are economically more successful. Moreover, a family constitution strengthens the “family peace” (emotional cohesion)...
3 Best Practices for New Product Development in Family Firms

3 Best Practices for New Product Development in Family Firms

Family business governance can substantially influence the family firms’ ability to cope with novelty, uncertainty, and complexity, and thus play a key role in...
Four Ways Nepotism Can Hurt Your Family Business

Four Ways Nepotism Can Hurt Your Family Business

Few words in modern business culture carry as much stigma as that of “nepotism”. The word immediately harkens negative feelings of corruption, unfairness, and...
Scone: The 900 Year Old Family Legacy

A 16th Generation Family Legacy

On the border to the Scottish Highlands, stands Scone Palace. Today, a historic five-star tourism attraction, Scone’s history traces back at least to the...