2014年7月19日 星期六

任德章Tak Cheung Yam,謝偉琦(Wayne Hsieh), Forbes Media LLC











華碩創始人謝偉琦結合港資 砸142億元買下《富比士》雜誌

陳文蔚/綜合報導 2014-07-19 21:18

華碩創始人之一謝偉琦結合港商任德章,斥資4.75億美元買下擁有全球知名的《富比士》雜誌的富比士傳媒集團大部分股權。(網路資料照片)
































每年都為全球富人排名的知名財經雜誌《富比士(Forbes)》將易主,且新東家將是華人,擁有《富比士》股權的富比士傳媒宣布,將同意出售大部分股權予香港Integrated Whale Media Investments(IWM,本匯鯨媒體投資集團),而該集團創辦人為香港商人任德章以及台灣華碩創始人之一謝偉琦,交易金額據傳約4.75億美元(約新台幣142億元),亦即已近百年歷史且一直由富比士家族成員經營的的富比士傳媒集團將由華人接手。

據BBC報導,富比士傳媒集團去年11月即透露將為公司尋找買家,當時出價約在4、5億美元左右,美國時間18日終於對外宣布同意將大多數股權出售給香港本匯經媒體投資公司,預定年底前完成交易。同時富比士傳媒指出,富比士家族仍將保留部分股權,並將繼續參與富比士傳媒事務。

BBC指出,新買家「Integrated Whale Media Investments」(本匯鯨媒體投資集團),主要專注於科技、財經和電信領域投資,在香港註冊。而據報導,該集團兩大投資者,一為香港針織服裝製造商豐臨集團前主席,也是創辦人之一的任德章,另一位則是來自台灣華碩電腦創始人之一的謝偉琦(Wayne Hsieh)。

謝偉琦與1989年與另外3位同樣為宏碁電腦出身的創辦人徐世昌、廖敏雄和童子賢集資新台幣1000萬成立弘碩電腦(為華碩電腦前身),專門生產主機板,後成為華碩蘇州廠負責人,2003年年底,因與領導階層人事任用意見不同而離開一手創辦的公司,並陸續出脫持股,轉往新加坡發展。

富比士傳媒集團旗下資產包括《富比士》、《富比士亞洲》和《富比士生活》三本雜誌以及網站 (Forbes.com),《富比士》雜誌的在美國擁有超過600萬讀者,最為人所熟知及該雜誌每年進行的富人排行榜,包括最富有美國富豪排行榜和全球富豪排行榜。

《富比世》由蘇格蘭裔美國財經專欄作家富比世(B. C. Forbes)在1917年創刊,以各類型富豪、權勢、企業排行榜著稱,過去近百年來《富比世》一直由其創辦人家族嚴密掌控,連總編輯之位都是父子相傳,現任總編輯是富比世的孫子史蒂夫.富比世(Steve Forbes)。

根據《信報財經新聞》報導,在股權易主後,集團將不會更名,維持總部設於美國的私營、獨立公司的定位。史蒂夫‧富比士將留任集團主席和總編的職務,而麥克波利爾斯(Mike Perlis)亦會繼續領導集團的管理團隊處理集團事務。


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7/18/2014 @ 9:30上午 |6,436 views

Forbes Media Agrees To Sell Majority Stake To A Group Of International Investors To Accelerate The Company's Global Growth

    Forbes Family Welcomes Significant Investment by Investor Group  –
    Investors Are Committed to Forbes’ Brand, Strategy, Values and Management  
–    Forbes Family Will Retain Significant Interest; Current Management Team Will Remain in Place; Steve Forbes Will Continue as Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Mike Perlis as President and CEO  
        Forbes Media will remain a privately-held, independent company headquartered in the U.S.; Company’s Asian business will continue to be led by Forbes Media CEO/Asia Will Adamopoulos 
NEW YORK (July 18, 2014) – Forbes Media LLC today announced an agreement under which a group of international investors will purchase a majority stake in the company.  The Forbes family will retain a significant ownership stake, will stay actively involved in Forbes Media and will work with the investor group to further increase market share of the existing Forbes Media product lines in media, digital, technology, as well as brand extensions.  Upon closing, Elevation Partners will fully exit its investment in Forbes Media.  The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
The newly formed Hong Kong-based investor group Integrated Whale Media Investments (“IWM”) is composed of international investors.  The group is led by Integrated Asset Management (Asia) Limited (“IAM”).  IAM, which was founded by Tak Cheung Yam, is a Hong Kong-based investment company primarily engaged in public and private equity investments, with expertise in telecommunications, finance and technology.  Another significant investor in IWM, Wayne Hsieh is the Co-Founder of ASUSTeK Computer Inc., one of the world’s leading PC vendors and the No.1 motherboard manufacturer in the world.  He is based in Singapore.
The investor group will provide capital, as well as financial and operational expertise, and intends to leverage its international relationships to strategically enlarge Forbes Media’s reach on a global scale.  In partnership with IWM, Forbes Media will build on the wide and rapidly expanding appeal of the Forbes brand that today reaches approximately 75 million people worldwide with its business message through print, digital, TV, conferences, research, social and mobile each month.  The group supports Forbes Media’s ongoing transformation into a global media, branding and technology company.  Forbes Media is profitable and, in 2013, achieved its best financial performance in the last six years.
Forbes Media LLC will retain its operating name and will remain a privately-held, independent company headquartered in the U.S.  Steve Forbes will maintain his role as Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, and current President and CEO Mike Perlis will continue to lead the company’s management team.  Forbes Media’s Asian business will continue to be directed out of Singapore under Forbes Media CEO/Asia Will Adamopoulos.
“This is a major milestone for the company and our family, and we’re pleased to partner with a forward-looking investor group to further drive the evolution and growth of this exceptional company,” said Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media. “Our partners respect our brand and values, and support our longstanding mission of championing entrepreneurship and free market capitalism through quality, independent business journalism.  The best evidence of their commitment to what we stand for is their insistence on the continued involvement of the Forbes family, the current management and our highly talented editorial team.  I will remain deeply involved in the future of the company.”
“We are investing in the Forbes brand, history, family involvement and a management team that is successfully transforming the company. Forbes Media is built around a brand that is synonymous with success and a mission that has tremendous respect and global appeal in established and growing markets around the world.  As more market-based economies emerge globally, interest in the information that Forbes provides and the message it delivers resonates with a growing audience,” said Tak Cheung Yam, Chairman and Founder of IAM.  “Given the tremendous growth of digital in the past decade, Forbes Media’s future plans will include additional internet and social media expansion projects.  Together with the Forbes family and the management team, along with the appropriate strategic and financial support, we will find new ways to unlock the value of the Forbes brand.”
“We see enormous potential to extend the Forbes brand, building on its innovation and the solid foundation of a media company known for excellence in business journalism with an extensive print and digital footprint and a diverse array of branded products,” said Wayne Hsieh, Co-Founder of ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
“This significant investment in the company is a strong endorsement of the global strength of our brand, as well as our progress and innovative plans for continued growth,” said Mike Perlis, President and CEO of Forbes Media.  “We are combining the best of our historic legacy with an infusion of new resources, capabilities and expertise to accelerate Forbes Media’s global growth.  We already work with members of IWM’s management through our existing real estate and financial services lines of business.  Our partners fully appreciate the power of the Forbes brand to attract new audiences in diverse markets all over the world – a foundation we look forward to building on together.”
Forbes Media has built a diversified portfolio of assets, while maximizing the power of the Forbes brand across multiple categories, including media, digital, technology and branded products.  In the U.S., Forbes magazine, the iconic front door to the Forbes brand, has increased its readership to more than 6 million.  Internationally, since 2008, Forbes has expanded its publishing activities from 9 licensed local editions around the world to 36, covering 63 countries in 21 different languages.  Forbes’ digital footprint has exponentially broadened as Forbes.com has transformed from a web site to a robust publishing platform.  Currently, Forbes has 24 international web sites.  The company’s growth has also been fueled by new brand extensions, including conferences, real estate, education, financial services and technology license agreements.
“Elevation has been a great partner with Forbes Media over the past eight years.  This collaboration has enabled us to position ourselves for the next phase of growth that we see ahead with IWM,” added Steve Forbes.
Completion of the transaction is expected to take place this year and is subject to customary closing conditions.
Deutsche Bank served as financial advisor, and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP served as legal advisor to Forbes Media.  Credit Suisse (Hong Kong) limited served as financial advisor, and SkaddenArps, Slate, Meagher &. Flom LLP and LKP Global Law LLP served as legal advisors.  RSM Nelson Wheeler performed the financial and tax due diligence work for the investor group.
About Forbes Media
Forbes Media, publisher of Forbes, Forbes Asia and ForbesLife magazines and Forbes.com, is an authoritative source of news and information on business, investing, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership and affluent lifestyles.  The company has built a diversified portfolio of assets as part of its ongoing transformation into a global media, branding and technology company.  The Forbes brand today reaches approximately 75 million people worldwide with its business message through Forbes and ForbesLifemagazines and its 36 licensed local editions around the world, Forbes.com, TV, conferences, research, social and mobile each month.  The Forbes magazine iPad app merges the power of print storytelling with social sharing and the web.  Forbes Media’s brand extensions include conferences, real estate, education, financial services, and technology license agreements.  The company plans to launch ForbesLife.com in September 2014.
About Integrated Whale Media Investments

Integrated Whale Media Investments (IWM) is a newly formed Hong Kong-based international investor group.  Investors in IWM include Integrated Asset Management (Asia) Limited (“IAM”).  IAM, which was founded and is chaired by Tak Cheung Yam, is a Hong Kong-based investment company primarily engaged in public and private equity investments, with expertise in telecommunications, finance and technology investments.  Another significant investor in IWM, Wayne Hsieh is the Co-Founder of ASUSTeK Computer Inc., one of the world’s leading PC vendors and the No.1 motherboard manufacturer in the world.  He is based in Singapore.

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