InBev may start takeover discussions with rival Anheuser Busch today after it was reported that a member of the founding family of the Budweiser brewer was willing to talk. Adolphus Busch IV, half-brother to former Anheuser chief executive August Busch III, said he and other family members were open to talks, according to the Wall Street Journal. "There are members that absolutely want it to stay status quo," said Mr Busch. "There are others that say they want to see some kind of chance to enhance shareholder value." Adolphus Busch owns less than 1% of the brewer but reports of a split in the family will buoy Inbev, which has drawn up plans for a $46bn (£23bn) takeover of Anheuser – who had in turn been eyeing up Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo. The family owns about 4% of Anheuser-Busch but has managed to keep control of the brewer since founding the company in 1890. An offer by InBev would put chief executive August A Busch IV in a difficult position. If Anheuser is sold to InBev, he could be remembered as the member of the founding Busch family who let the St Louis icon slip into foreign hands. He took over as chief executive in 2006 and is believed to have knocked back an informal approach by Inbev last year. And in April he told beer distributors that the company which was founded by his great-great grandfather would not be taken over on 'my watch.' Warren Buffett, the high profile US investor, owns a 5% stake in the beer company and is thought likely to play an important part in any potential tie-up. InBev is the world's largest brewer by volume and an amalgamation with the American giant would create one of the world's top five consumer-goods company. The beer industry is currently experiencing a wave of consolidatory deals, with SABMiller and Molson Coors planning to combine their US units and Scottish & Newcastle being broken up by Carlsberg and Heineken.