Nobutada Saji’s grandfather made Suntory Holdings a household name in Japan. The grandson this week took a step toward transforming the family business into a global beverage giant.
Suntory’s Jan. 13 announcement that it agreed to buy US distiller Beam for $16 billion caps a series of overseas acquisitions under Saji, a US-educated billionaire who sports a trademark silver-flecked moustache. Acquiring the maker of Jim Beam bourbon will turn the closely held Suntory...
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