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Family Wars : The Real Stories Behind The Most Famous Family Business Feuds :  The Real Stories Behind The Most Famous Family Business Feuds - Grant Gordon

Family Wars : The Real Stories Behind The Most Famous Family Business Feuds

The Real Stories Behind The Most Famous Family Business Feuds

Paperback Published: 15th April 2010
ISBN: 9780749460556
Number Of Pages: 304

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Many of the world's greatest businesses are family owned, and with this comes the threat of family feuding, sibling rivalries, and petty jealousies. Family Wars takes readers behind the scenes on a rollercoaster ride through the ups and downs of some of the biggest family-run companies in the world, showing how family in-fighting has threatened to bring about their downfall. Covering families such as Ford, Gucci, McCain, Guinness, Gallo, and Redstone, Family Wars is an astonishing expose of the way families do business and how family in-fighting can threaten to blow a business apart. Whether it's Brent Redstone's court case with his father and sister or the family feud over Henry Ford's $350 million trust fund, the book reveals the origins, the extent, and finally the resolution of some of the most famous family feuds in recent history. Family Wars also provides valuable advice for anyone involved in a family business, offering suggestions on how to avoid such problems.

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"This is essential reading for anyone keen to get a deeper understanding of what makes family businesses tick" Director Magazine April 2010 "Midlands Business Insider May 2010"

List of figuresp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Family warsp. 1
The ideas: the roots of family warfarep. 5
Families at warp. 6
The roots of conflictp. 10
Gene politics and the family firmp. 15
Family dynamicsp. 22
Culture and personalityp. 27
Brothers at armsp. 35
Introductionp. 35
Koch Industries - destructive redressp. 38
The Reliance story - the myth of unityp. 42
The Dassler family - racing for supremacyp. 50
The Mondavi family - a bitter cupp. 55
The Gallo family - vintage conflictsp. 60
Fighting for the crownp. 68
Introductionp. 68
The McCains - when the chips are downp. 73
IBM - the Watsons - a struggle for identityp. 85
Bata Shoe - a struggle for strategyp. 90
The house that hubris builtp. 96
Introductionp. 96
The Ford family - parental oppressionp. 99
The Dart Group - an excess of willpowerp. 105
Ch√Ęteau d'Yquem - the perils of condescensionp. 109
The Redstone family - the leader's iron gripp. 114
Solid Waste and the Waxman family - greed, deception and destructionp. 118
Heads in the sand - the insularity trapp. 123
Introductionp. 123
The Guinness story - sliding into scandalp. 125
The Sakowitz story - the unchecked leaderp. 131
The Steinberg story - falling apart, togetherp. 140
The Louisville Times and the Binghams - losing the legacyp. 149
Seagram and the Bronfmans - the runaway leaderp. 159
Schism - the house dividedp. 166
Introductionp. 166
Pritzker - fighting for the spoilsp. 169
The LA Times Group and the Chandlers - the centrifugal familyp. 179
Freedom Communications and the Hoiles - a battle for controlp. 185
The Pathak family - spice warsp. 188
Un-civil warp. 191
Introductionp. 191
U-Haul and the Shoens - a shattered dynastyp. 192
The Gucci family - a tragic Italian operap. 208
The lessons - the price of war and the prize of peacep. 220
From poisoned roots to the fruits of success - the essential lessons of warfarep. 221
Warning signs and practical measuresp. 238
In praise of conflictp. 244
Notesp. 247
Indexp. 271
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ISBN: 9780749460556
ISBN-10: 0749460555
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 15th April 2010
Publisher: Kogan Page Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.34  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.39

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