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June 18, 2014

Ultra-high net worth individuals shifted their focus from wealth preservation to wealth growth in 2013, according to new research, as the wealth of the world’s high net worth population grew 14% to $52.6 trillion. 

Ultra-high net worth individuals shifted their focus from wealth preservation to wealth growth in 2013, according to new research, as the wealth of the world’s high net worth population grew 14% to $52.6 trillion. 

The annual Capgemini/RBC World Wealth Report, which surveyed more than 4,500 individuals, found the world’s high net worth (HNW) population now sits at almost 14 million, up 15% on the previous year.

October 25, 2012

Few family businesses use them, but psychologists might be a better way of resolving conflicts than lawyers or consultants. CampdenFB looks at why.

"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” So says the first line of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. Even the great Russian novelist would have struggled to come up with a tale as meaty as that of the Shoens, the family behind Arizona-based truck and trailer leasing empire U-Haul. The drama began when, on his 70th birthday, the business’s founder Leonard Samuel transferred the majority of his shares to his 13 children. Little did he know the nightmare that would follow.

July 17, 2012

More and more family businesses are hiring outside chief executives. CampdenFB asks whether a family or non-family CEO is better.

Tempted to promote your son or daughter to the chief executive position? You shouldn’t, at least if you believe current research. Family-owned companies with a family member as chief executive are among the worst managed, says a 2012 international study. Another, by British academics at Leeds and Aberdeen Business Schools, found that a company’s operating performance increased after a family chief executive left. Yet another found the stock prices of listed family-controlled businesses reacted favourably to the appointment of a non-family chief.

May 10, 2012

Divorce can and has ruined family businesses. CampdenFB looks at what family enterprises should know about divorce – and how to ensure they don’t destroy the business.

It’s almost wedding season in North America and Europe, the time of the year when brides and grooms pray for good weather and promise to love each other for the rest of their days. This optimistic bunch obviously aren’t paying attention to the divorce statistics. But people with family businesses should.

October 25, 2011

Class distinction extends to company ownership with families ensuring they are upper class. But what does this mean for corporate governance at family businesses? 

As one of the most successful football teams in the world, Manchester United is used to commanding headlines and courting the media. But when reports began emerging in August that the club would be floated on the Singapore stock exchange, no one at United was talking, not least the Glazers, the American family which bought the team in 2005.

May 18, 2011

Accountancy firms like family businesses. After all, family businesses offer scope for them to charge lucrative fees across a host of disciplines for both the business and the family. And as long as these fees aren’t too high and trust is established, accountancy firms can build up lasting relationships between themselves and business principals.

Accountancy firms like family businesses. After all, family businesses offer scope for them to charge lucrative fees across a host of disciplines for both the business and the family. And as long as these fees aren’t too high and trust is established, accountancy firms can build up lasting relationships between themselves and business principals.

March 16, 2011

Lawyers are taking advantage of the erosion of trust between family businesses and their banks. The best ones, says David Bain, are linking their corporate and private client practices - and offering more than just divorce and tax advice

Mukesh Ambani knows the importance of a good lawyer. The billionaire head of Reliance Industries employed one of India’s most prominent lawyers to win a case last year against his fiercest competitor – brother Anil.

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