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October 11, 2016

Pigeon-holing wealthy women as being warier of taking chances than their male counterparts could lead to “wealth destruction,” a high net worth financial adviser warns.

Pigeon-holing wealthy women as being warier of taking chances than their male counterparts could lead to “wealth destruction,” a high net worth financial adviser warns.

Salisbury House Wealth quoted Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs figures when it said women now make up 47% of all cash millionaires in the United Kingdom, with 53,000 women worth more than £1 million ($1.2 million) compared to 59,000 men.

November 30, 2015

One of the world’s largest ship-owning associations is now chaired by a third-generation member of Hong Kong shipping company Wah Kwong Maritime Transport.

One of the world’s largest ship-owning associations is now chaired by a third-generation member of Hong Kong shipping company Wah Kwong Maritime Transport.

Sabrina Chao, who took the helm at her family’s company in 2003 when her father suffered a stroke, was appointed chairwoman of the Hong Kong Shipowners’ Association (HKSOA) at the organisation’s annual general meeting last week.

October 29, 2015

Thirty-five per cent of family office CEOs are female, according to a new report, compared to just 4.6% in the S&P 500.Thirty-five per cent of family office CEOs are female, according to a new report, compared to just 4.6% in the S&P 500.

The diversity of families appears to be reflected in family office personnel – at least when it comes to gender – research from Family Office Exchange (FOX) and US advisory firm Grant Thornton suggests.

In a survey of 112 family offices, 35% were headed by a female chief executive, said the 2015 FOX Family Office Compensation and Benefits Report, compared to 4.6% in the S&P 500. In a release FOX said the gender statistics had been “surprising”.

October 29, 2014

Primogeniture is no longer the norm when it comes to succession planning, a new family business report reveals, with daughters and younger siblings worldwide increasingly taking up executive positions.

Primogeniture is no longer the norm when it comes to succession planning, a new family business report reveals, with daughters and younger siblings worldwide increasingly taking up executive positions.

September 5, 2014

The daughter-in-law of Advance Publications president Donald Newhouse has been promoted president of global development at its magazine company Conde Nast International.

The daughter-in-law of Advance Publications president Donald Newhouse has been promoted president of global development at its magazine company Conde Nast International.

The appointment answers speculation about what role she would take in the family empire after trade publications division Fairchild Fashion Media, where she had been president and chief executive since 2010, was sold to Penske Media Corporation in August for $100 million.

July 3, 2014

The world’s largest organisation for female corporate directors has announced it is establishing a family business council to explore how family firms can improve corporate governance.

The world’s largest organisation for female corporate directors has announced it is establishing a family business council to explore how family firms can improve corporate governance.

Women Corporate Directors (WCD) said a growing number of its members, especially those from emerging markets, were requesting in-depth information about family business-specific issues.

April 16, 2014

Emma Marcegaglia, co-chief executive of her family's eponymous steel company, has been appointed chairwoman of Italy's largest state-owned company, following a shake up of state-owned firms by Italy's new centre-left government to try and change the country's masculine corporate culture.  

Emma Marcegaglia, co-chief executive of her family's eponymous steel company, has been appointed chairwoman of Italy's largest state-owned company, following a shake up of state-owned firms by Italy's new centre-left government to try and change the country's masculine corporate culture.

Marcegaglia, 49, dubbed "Italy's iron lady" in the press, landed the role at energy group Eni.

April 10, 2014

Female successors taking over from male CEOs have the potential to increase family business profitability, according to new research out of Italy, but their power is diminished – and may even have a negative impact on a company’s performance – in male-dominated workplaces.

Female successors taking over from male CEOs have the potential to increase family business profitability, according to new research out of Italy, but their power is diminished – and may even have a negative impact on a company’s performance – in male-dominated workplaces.

February 19, 2014

Muslim women feel more comfortable in Muslim-owned family businesses where they are less likely to be stereotyped as oppressed or lacking authority, according to new research out of a South African university.

Muslim women feel more comfortable in Muslim-owned family businesses where they are less likely to be stereotyped as oppressed or lacking authority, according to new research out of a South African university.

The qualitative research found, for example, that Muslim women felt uncomfortable about the perception of the hijab outside the family business setting, believing non-Muslims saw it as a symbol of oppression.

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