January 15, 2021
Family Enterprise Entertainment
Dear Global Family Enterprise Community,

Happy New Year! In these turbulent times we hope you and yours are as safe and well as possible. As we enter a new year, we thought you might want to step back and learn about some historical family enterprise figures. Here are some recommended documentaries to keep you entertained as you gain new perspectives.  

  • The Art of Steal (2009): In this documentary, Dr. Albert Barnes was an infamous art collector who made it clear in his will that he wanted his extensive art collection to stay together. Instead of honoring his wisheshis collection was auctioned off. This movie shows the chaos that can arise when a donor puts rigid requirements around his philanthropic legacy.  

  • Agnelli (2017): This documentary showcases the extravagant lifestyle of Gianni Agnelli, principal shareholder of Fiat, as well as the centrality of this company to the Italian culture and economy.     

  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011): In this mouth-watering documentary, 85-year-old sushi master, Jiro Ono, shows us the hard work and dedication he has put into his craft and business. But, like many family businesses, the procession of succession isn't always a linear path. As Jiro gets older, his son,Yoshikazu, is eagerly waiting to take over; unfortunately for Yoshikazu, Jiro refuses to step down until he has made the "perfect sushi".   
 
If you have any recommendations of your favorite movies, series, or books, please send them to: familyenterprise@gsb.columbia.edu.
 
Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay tuned …


The Global Family Enterprise Program