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October 10, 2014

Asia, the Middle East and Africa are currently some of the fastest growing economies in the world. Now a new report profiles what makes the regions’ high net worth business owners tick.

Founded in 1974, Foxconn, a Taiwanese electronics empire, already has revenues of $131.8 billion (€104.4 billion). It’s not a consumer brand, but its electrical components power iPhones, Kindles and Playstations, among other gadgets. Still in the hands of its founder, Terry Gou, the company is an example of the way private business can exploit the skyrocketing economies of developing regions.

October 7, 2014

Wealthy Spaniards and Greeks have felt the pinch from the economic crisis with the average ultra-high net worth individual in each country losing around a quarter of their wealth since 2007, according to new research.

Wealthy Spaniards and Greeks have felt the pinch from the economic crisis with the average ultra-high net worth individual in each country losing around a quarter of their wealth since 2007, according to new research.

However, the inaugural Julius Baer Wealth Report Europe found that the experiences of Europe’s most wealthy has varied substantially from country to country, with the net private wealth in Switzerland and Germany rising €1 trillion and €2 trillion respectively from pre-crisis levels.

September 26, 2014

Momentum in the oil and gas sector has led to a dramatic increase in the number of millionaires in Texas, with the city of Dallas seeing the fastest growth in the US, according to new research. 

Momentum in the oil and gas sector has led to a dramatic increase in the number of millionaires in Texas, with the city of Dallas seeing the fastest growth in the US, according to new research.

The first Capgemini/RBC United States Wealth Report found that millionaire growth in the region was driven primarily by investment in new technology, particularly in the state’s two largest cities, Dallas and Houston.

September 23, 2014

The global billionaire population is concentrated in a small collection of cities, new research reveals, with the uber wealthy seeking domiciles that balance business with pleasure.

The global billionaire population is concentrated in a small collection of cities, new research reveals, with the uber wealthy seeking domiciles that balance business with pleasure.

The top five cities for billionaires, according to the Billionaire Census 2014, released by Wealth-X and UBS, are New York, Moscow, Hong Kong, London, and Beijing, which together host 379 of the world’s most wealthy.

September 18, 2014

The first ever global study of family offices is released today, providing new insights into a growing, but notoriously discreet, sub-section of the ultra-high net worth wealth sector.

The first ever global study of family offices is released today, providing new insights into a growing, but notoriously discreet, sub-section of the ultra-high net worth wealth sector.

The average family office has total assets of $890 million, the research from Campden Wealth Research in partnership with UBS found. The total sample size surveyed represented $180 billion in private wealth.

September 17, 2014

Family businesses are mirroring changes in society in “blended family businesses”, according to a new report released by UK-based Families in Business, which include any family firm that has invited members of a second family into senior positions.

Family businesses are mirroring changes in society in “blended family businesses”, according to a new report released by UK-based Families in Business, which include any family firm that has invited members of a second family into senior positions.

Dani Saveker, CEO of the consultancy and research company, who coined the term, believes they will become increasingly important over the coming years.

September 16, 2014

Family businesses are less likely to lay off staff than publicly-listed companies even during times of recession, according to a new study out of Michigan. 

Family businesses are less likely to lay off staff than publicly-listed companies even during times of recession, according to a new study out of Michigan.

Family Business Survey 2014, a joint venture from Grand Valley State University and Western Michigan University, found that 86% of family businesses in would prefer to reduce distributions to owners than to lay off staff.

The study, which had a sample based out of West Michigan, also found that 56% of owners would prefer to take a pay cut than lay off staff.

August 29, 2014

Business-owning family members become less focused on financial wealth with age and increase the value they place on relationships within the company, new research out of the US has revealed.

Business-owning family members become less focused on financial wealth with age and increase the value they place on relationships within the company, new research out of the US has revealed.

The academic paper, published in a recent edition of Family Business Review, also revealed the results had knock-on effects for the type of people families go to for advice about their business, which could affect their companies’ ability to meet challenges down the road.

August 21, 2014

New York has produced more than twice the number of billionaires than any other city, new research has revealed, with a whopping 52 individuals hailing from America’s financial capital. 

New York has produced more than twice the number of billionaires than any other city, new research has revealed, with a whopping 52 individuals hailing from America’s financial capital. 

According to Spear’s Magazine and WealthInsight’s Top 25 Global Cities Where Billionaires Are Born, New York has birthed 30 more billionaires than its nearest competitor Moscow, which narrowly bet London to second place with a billionaire headcount of 22. 

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