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  • Light Source Matt Bursky with his dad and business partner, Marty Bursky "Working together day by day certainly leads to more intense relationships, and in the long run they are typically more fruitful and meaningful," says Craig Aronoff , co-founder and chairman of the Family Business Consulting Group, a global advisory firm to family-owned businesses based in Chicago.

    Where Every Day Is Father's Day

  • In 1903, teenage brothers William and Gilbert Foyle failed their civil service exams and resold their textbooks; over a century later and still family-owned, Foyles is one of London's best-loved booksellers, managing to thrive in the brave new world of chains, ecommerce and supermarkets.

    Independent bookshops in London

  • Joanna de Guia, the owner, grew up in a family-owned bookshop before studying publishing.

    Independent bookshops in London

  • Walkers Books 10 High Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2AL, 01780 764405Walkers is a small, family-owned chain of general bookshops that is spread across Cambridgeshire Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Rutland.

    Independent bookshops in Central England

  • Mr. Durst, the third generation involved in the family-owned Durst Organization, met executives from real-estate developer Vantone because their parent company agreed to lease space at 1 World Trade Center in 2009.

    Developer Ventures Outside City—to Taiwan

  • Mr. Durst, who heads his family-owned company, said in an interview that he only decided he wanted to invest in Greater China after he toured the region, witnessing that it "is on the cusp" of real-estate development in many ways.

    Developer Ventures Outside City—to Taiwan

  • The family-owned house's focus on remaining a single-brand company comes as other groups look to team up with rivals in the booming global luxury-goods market, which is being driven by the fast growth of high-end consumer goods in China.

    Ferragamo Focuses on Remaining Independent

  • Russian steelmaker OAO Severstal has agreed to sell three of its five U.S.-based steel plants to family-owned Renco Group Inc., unloading—at a loss— assets acquired in a poorly timed 2008 deal to expand its U.S. presence.

    Severstal Unloads Three Mills

  • David Degner Fighters drove their personal cars and carried family-owned weapons.

    Fight for Brega

  • Germany—buoyed by its cadre of family-owned niche companies—appears to be weathering the global slowdown, countering fears that Europe's economic powerhouse faces a sharp downturn that could deepen the region's debt crisis.

    Germany's Resiliency Buoys Europe


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