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Operating businesses are often the lifeblood of family offices and most offices can trace their wealth back to a successful enterprise. So one lesser-lauded finding from the Global Family Office Report 2015 that caught my attention was the number of family offices that still had an interest in an operating business. 

What purpose does your family’s wealth serve? In our Q&A series, Emily Griffiths-Hamilton explains how her ‘family bank’ uses fun to focus on human and intellectual capital (as well as financial assets) and pass on the right values to the fourth generation.

What purpose does your family’s wealth serve? In our Q&A series, Emily Griffiths-Hamilton explains how her ‘family bank’ uses fun to focus on human and intellectual capital (as well as financial assets) and pass on the right values to the fourth generation.

Families can face a deluge of competing challenges when managing their wealth which is why successful families rely on an ‘expert generalist’ to safeguard their interests. Linda C. Mack and Michael Zeuner outline why the role of a family office “quarterback” is vital to families, what to look for in an ideal candidate, and where to look.

Families can face a deluge of competing challenges when managing their wealth which is why successful families rely on an ‘expert generalist’ to safeguard their interests. Linda C. Mack and Michael Zeuner outline why the role of a family office “quarterback” is vital to families, what to look for in an ideal candidate, and where to look.

Are you able to answer what purpose your wealth has? In this Q&A, the first in a regular series, Charles Lowenhaupt reflects on how family wealth has enabled a generational tradition of helping and counselling others – while reaching self-actualisation in the process.

Are you able to answer what purpose your wealth has? In this Q&A, the first in a regular series, Charles Lowenhaupt reflects on how family wealth has enabled a generational tradition of helping and counselling others – while reaching self-actualisation in the process. 

When it comes to handing over the reins to successors, the odds are stacked against family businesses. Around 70% of families fail to properly pass their business or wealth to the next generation. One of the biggest reasons is that half of families lack a succession plan: a process for identifying and nurturing people to become leaders in the business.

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