Cadbury: Reinventing Both Chocolate and the Workplace

Cadbury: Reinventing Both Chocolate and the Workplace

If there were a Mount Rushmore for Chocolatiers, you can be sure John Cadbury’s face would be chiseled in granite. Few others in the...
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...
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...
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...
The Swatch Group: A Family Business That Saved a National Industry

The Swatch Group: A Family Business That Saved a National Industry

There is a similar origin story to a lot of successful family owned business. You’ve probably heard it told many times over. A brilliant...
Horizons: Inspiring, Educating, and Connecting Next Gens

Horizons: Inspiring, Educating, and Connecting Next Gens

For family businesses, the challenge of integrating and passing on the business to the next generation is the single greatest issue they face. And...
The Stunning Collapse of the Once-Great Irving Empire

The Stunning Collapse of the Once-Great Irving Empire

It’s not entirely uncommon to see a family owned corporation split up into separately owned divisions once it reaches the 3rd or 4th generation....
The Hidden Diversity of Successful Family Firms

The Hidden Diversity of Successful Family Firms

Family businesses have not always been celebrated in management literature. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alfred Chandler, in his influential book The Visible Hand, characterized family-run...