Latest issue of CampdenFB: Turbo-charged

As fast-growing regions like Asia, Latin America and even Africa increasingly drive the world’s economy, family businesses might just take over the world. A crazy view – maybe, but only a little, because there’s little doubt that more output will be driven by family businesses in the years ahead, particularly those in the emerging countries.  
 
This quarter’s focus on the fast-growing emerging economies is the background to two of CampdenFB’s profiles. Impsa, the fourth-generation Argentinian conglomerate is one of the most dynamic companies in Latin America and we have an interview with its charismatic president, Enrique Pescarmona.
 
Africa’s growing importance to the world economy is underpinning the strength of businesses like Nakumatt. Second-generation Atul Shah not only wants his Kenyan retailer to be the Walmart of Africa, but is also on a mission to bring the Olympics, and the football and cricket World Cups to east Africa. He tells CampdenFB what’s behind his success – and talks about some of his arguably more outlandish ideas on bringing huge sporting events to Africa.
 
When they get successful, family businesses often set up foundations to manage their philanthropic efforts. Ikea is a good example of this. But another third-generation family business actually turned the company into one totally driven by social investment: Mikkel Vestergaard’s story in this quarter is truly remarkable.
 
Families have often turned to psychologists to deal with relationship problems, but family businesses, apart from the rare case, don’t. We look at why – and speak to some who have used psychologists, and swear by their usefulness.
 
The magazine doesn’t need to tell its readers how essential family businesses are to the world economy – that goes without saying. But just how fast many family businesses are growing is simply beyond impressive at a time when much of the world economy is still weak. CampdenFB lists 50 of the fastest growing ones with revenues between €100 million and €5 billion. Are you on the list? Read the magazine to find out.

Published since 2001, CampdenFBmagazine has provided business-owning families of substantial wealth with the knowledge, insights and vital business intelligence they require to manage their enterprises and their families successfully. Each quarterly issue contains exclusive family interviews, dedicated sections on all aspects of finance, governance and the next generation, timely special reports, comment and debate, news analysis and lifestyle features.

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