This is a great piece of family business history with 255 years behind the manufacturing of pens and watercolours at Faber-Castell, products that at some point will have touched most people's lives.
Now in the ninth generation, beating the 'rags to rags in three generations' statistic that we hear so much about, this is a success story which combines ability with passion, a desire to want to succeed as the basic ingredient of success.
A great insight into a great German family business dynasty.
Founded by Kaspar Faber in 1761, Faber-Castell specializes in the design and production of everything from top quality graphite and color pencils to pens and watercolors. More than 250 years after it began, family and tradition still run deep through the company. Charles von Faber-Castell represents the ninth generation to be involved in a business which now employs around 7,500 people globally and has production locations in nine countries. In 2014/15, group revenue was 577 million euros ($653.7 million).