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Family Drama Behind The InBev, Anheuser-Busch Deal

As Belgian giant InBev considers an unsolicited bid for Anheuser-Busch -- an offer that could top $45 billion, say analysts, making it the largest beer acquisition in history-at least one member of the Busch clan is left to ponder his family's brand and legacy.

August A. Busch IV is just 18 months into his tenure as CEO, and, along with his father, opposes the deal, according to those close to the family. How to stop it? Anheuser could buy the half of Mexico's Grupo Modelo that it doesn't already own.

The other option? Let the deal go through-the Busch family controls less than 4% of the stock, so it can't block the deal even if a majority of the family opposes it-and be remembered as the son who let the St. Louis icon slip into foreign hands.



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