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January 16, 2019

Reuben Brothers’ bid for Santander headquarters backed by Spanish court, historic Ascott Raffles Place sold to Singaporean property tycoon, wealthy populations in emerging nations on track for fastest growth.

Reuben Brothers’ bid for Santander headquarters backed by Spanish court

UK billionaire brothers David and Simon Reuben have won a tender for Banco Santander’s headquarters near Madrid with an offer of $325 million after a Spanish court ruled in their favour.

The privately-owned Reuben Brothers Resources Group beat a rival bid by Santander, which pays millions of euros in monthly rent for the 250 hectare plot whose nine buildings include offices, restaurants and a residence for its employees.

October 30, 2018

A vast increase of wealth among the world’s aging billionaire population is creating a new wave of powerful multigenerational families, according to the new Billionaires Insights 2018 report.

A vast increase of wealth among the world’s aging billionaire population is creating a new wave of powerful multigenerational families, according to the new Billionaires Insights 2018 report.

The world’s 2,158 billionaires collectively increased their wealth by $1.4 trillion last year to $8.9 trillion—the largest absolute increase in billionaire wealth history.

A total of 199 billionaires were created over the year globally, with nearly one-third gaining their wealth through some form of innovation.

March 2, 2018

Billionaires are growing in numbers and many want philanthropic advice, but public trust in charities has dropped and challenges remain in getting donations to where funds are most needed.

Billionaires are growing in numbers and many want philanthropic advice, but public trust in charities has dropped and challenges remain in getting donations to where funds are most needed.

These were among the international perspectives and trends in philanthropy discussed at the first Philanthropy Programme event for 2018, organised by Philanthropy Impact and the STEP Society.

October 31, 2017

Pre-nup popularity increasing to protect wealth; Billionaires return to growth globally; How to avoid “Sudden Wealth Syndrome”

Pre-nup popularity increasing to protect wealth

Pre-nuptial agreements are on the rise among ultra-wealthy individuals and families, especially among people aged under 30 getting married for the first time, a new study finds.

Two-thirds of the 25 English and Welsh law firms surveyed by Forsters’ family team said they had advised their ultra-wealthy and high net worth clients on a greater number of nuptial agreements since 2010.

August 11, 2017

Billionaire faces down tiny fly; Family offices looking to brands, Spanish assets; and Costco founder Jeff Brotman dies suddenly

Billionaire faces down tiny fly

Australia’s richest woman is having her ambitions to export cattle to China foiled by a tiny fly.

Mining billionaire Gina Reinhart wants to ship 300,000 live cattle to China each year, to feed the country’s burgeoning middle class.

August 1, 2017

A Hong Kong family company best known for its oyster sauce is the latest in a series of Asian investors snapping up London landmarks, as it executes a £1.3 billion ($1.7 billion) deal for the city’s “Walkie Talkie” building.

A Hong Kong family company best known for its oyster sauce is the latest in a series of Asian investors snapping up London landmarks, as it executes a £1.3 billion ($1.7 billion) deal for the city’s “Walkie Talkie” building.

LKK Health Products Group, which makes Lee Kum Kee Oyster Sauce, has agreed to buy the 37-storey City of London tower – officially named 20 Fenchurch Street but more commonly referred to as the “Walkie Talkie” thanks to its bulbous design.

August 9, 2016

A rising taste for entrepreneurialism among billionaires who inherited their wealth is behind a dramatic 29% drop in the number of global billionaires in only two years.

A rising taste for entrepreneurialism among billionaires who inherited their wealth is behind a dramatic 29% drop in the number of global billionaires in only two years.

The new Wealth-X Billionaire Census reported that billionaires whose wealth was inherited comprised only 13% of all global billionaires and 14% of total billionaire wealth.

May 29, 2015

A new wave of successful multi-generational family businesses is expected to emerge from the current class of self-made billionaires, new research predicts.

A new wave of successful multi-generational family businesses is expected to emerge from the current class of self-made billionaires, new research predicts.

The 2015 Billionaires Report said data analysis of 1,300 billionaires from the last 19 years showed most US and European self-made billionaires choose to keep their businesses that built their wealth (60%), with one-third (30%) selling pieces of their business via an IPO or trade sale, while 10% cash out.

May 28, 2015

Australia’s wealthiest woman, Gina Rinehart, has been order by the supreme court to pass control of the family trust to her daughter, ending a four-year feud with two of her children, and loosening her grip on the family firm.

Australia’s wealthiest woman, Gina Rinehart, has been order by the supreme court to pass control of the family trust to her daughter, ending a four-year feud with two of her children, and loosening her grip on the family firm.

The second-gen to a iron ore mining empire, Hancock Prospecting, Rinehart changed the vesting date of the multi-billion dollar Hope Margaret Hancock Trust in 2011 to 2068, just days before it was due to pay out.

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