What are the business family feuds that are bigger than Jaime vs Cersei Lannister?

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Game of Thrones fans will have witnessed the brutality of the Battle of Winterfell in last week’s episode of the HBO television juggernaut, and with three episodes left of the show – theories and speciation on the ending of the series is spreading across news sites and social media.

Warning: Potential spoilers below

Now that the Night King has been defeated, the remaining forces of Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow’s armies are set to go south to take down Cersei Lannister – the show’s last remaining major protagonist.

Earlier in the season, Cersei’s brother/lover, Jaime, left King’s Landing to go and ‘fight for the living’ alongside Daenerys and Jon at Winterfell.

This has led to the two falling out, with Cersei sending a hit man after Jaime and her other brother Tyrion.

Following last week’s episode, Business Leader looks into three of the biggest family feuds within the business world.

The Dassler brothers

In the small town of Herzogenaurach, Germany in 1924, brothers Adolf and Rudolf Dassler founded a shoe company in their mother’s laundry room.

However, it soon became very clear that the two had two very different beliefs, personalities and ideas for the company – meaning that they went in their own direction.

During World War II Rudolf was on the front lines, however, he was captured by US soldiers and imprisoned for over a year. He was convinced that his brother was instrumental in his arrest following the war, which only deepened the rivalry between the two.

The brothers formally split the company in 1948 and went on to set up two of the world’s largest sports brands in the world – Puma (Rudolf) and Adidas (Adolf).

This rivalry is still clear to see today in the town of their birth, where they have two factories on opposite sides of the river that runs through Herzogenaurach.

They never resolved their differences before men died in the 1970s. The rivalry didn’t end there as they were buried at opposite ends of the same cemetery.

The Koch family

Throughout the 1980s, there was a power struggle between the four brothers of the Koch Industries dynasty – the second largest privately-owned firm in the world. The feud pitched Bill and Frederick Koch against Charles and David Koch.

The original legal battle itself stemmed from a 1983 legal settlement. That settlement gave Bill and Frederick $1.1bn in return for their 5.5 million shares in Koch Industries. Today, the company takes in more revenue than Microsoft, Disney or Merrill Lynch.

In the 1990s Bill contended that he and his brother were incorrectly compensated for their shares and proceeded through more than 25 federal and state courts until a verdict was decreed against him in 1999.

Bill was seeking another $62 a share, or $339m. After weeks of testimony and deliberations, the jury found William wasn’t owed anything else.

Charles and David, now almost entirely own Koch Industries, a $35bn oil conglomerate in Wichita, Kansas.

Mukesh and Anil Ambani

Dubbed the ‘billionaire brothers’, Mukesh and Anil are the world’s richest siblings – but have a bitter business rivalry.

The rivalry began over a dispute over their father’s multi-million dollar conglomerate after his death. There was an intense power struggle for many years before the business was split into two different companies in 2006.

In the years since the split, their battle over the price of natural gas from Reliance Industries assets halted plans for a major north Indian power plant being built.

A merger between Anil’s Reliance Communications and MTN Group was ended after Mukesh insisted he had the right to buy shares in his brother’s company.

Despite putting their differences aside in recent years, there is still a competitive business rivalry, especially over the lucrative telecoms deals that are becoming ever more available in India.

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