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April 15, 2019

A trio of international family business academics reveal how a modest German pharmacy has evolved into a successful 12-generation dynasty complete with its own family university

A remarkable 350 years of steady growth and transformation—that’s what the German pharmaceuticals and chemicals company Merck has achieved since it opened its first pharmacy in Darmstadt, near Frankfurt, in 1668.

December 3, 2018

Feisal Alibhai, Qineticare founder and chief executive, reveals why a focus on the wellbeing of the family is the missing piece in the ability to achieve robust succession planning

Feisal Alibhai, Qineticare founder and chief executive, reveals why a focus on the wellbeing of the family is the missing piece in the ability to achieve robust succession planning

To protect a family’s longevity, shrewd principals engage in detailed succession planning, which is vital to demonstrate true caring and love. Despite this meticulousness, succession continues to fail at an unacceptable rate, with wealth too often wiped out by the third generation.

October 23, 2018

The management of risk is essential to the human experience. For families who may be targets for attempted fraud, extortion or, in extreme cases, personal security risks such as kidnapping, mitigation begins with consciousness of the risks and having the right underlying protections in place.

The management of risk is essential to the human experience. We do it every day, to greater and lesser degrees; planning travel, investing in businesses, crossing the road. Most of our essential life decisions involve at least a degree of risk and while these can be managed, they can rarely be eliminated entirely.

For families who may be targets for attempted fraud, extortion or, in extreme cases, personal security risks such as kidnapping, mitigation begins with consciousness of the risks and having the right underlying protections in place.

July 9, 2018

A triple-hit of major life crises led Feisal Alibhai from heading up a multinational family business to establishing the world’s first multi family health office. Feisal shares his personal story

A triple-hit of major life crises led Feisal Alibhai from heading up a multinational family business to establishing the world’s first multi family health office. Feisal shares his personal story

It is said that there’s nothing surer than death and taxes. Somehow we leave out change, which on a day-to-day basis is by far our greatest challenge. Whether it affects our financial affairs, our health, or our relationships, change is something none of us can avoid.

August 1, 2017

Mental health and addiction issues are one of the reasons why 90% of family fortunes are lost in the third generation 

Mental health and addiction issues are one of the reasons why 90% of family fortunes are lost in the third generation 

February 24, 2017

Mental health has been called the biggest unaddressed health challenge of our age, and those most at risk often sit at the two extremes of the socioeconomic spectrum. Michael Finnigan investigates 

Mental health has been called the biggest unaddressed health challenge of our age, and those most at risk often sit at the two extremes of the socioeconomic spectrum. Michael Finnigan investigates 

February 8, 2017

The youngest son of the Hilton Hotels founder father was as devoted to philanthropic causes as he was to the family business.

Eric Michael Hilton, retired vice chairman of Hilton Hotels Corporation, died of natural causes in his home in Las Vegas on 10 December 2016. He was 83.

Born in El Paso, Texas in 1933, Eric Hilton was raised by his mother, Mary Barron Hilton. During high school, he excelled as a left-handed pitcher and was offered a contract to play for a minor league baseball team in Bisbee-Douglas, Arizona.

October 17, 2016

Milky Ways, Snickers, M&Ms, Whiskas, and Pedigree are known around the world but the man credited with that global expansion was a mystery, and that was just the way he liked it.

Milky Ways, Snickers, M&Ms, Whiskas, and Pedigree are known around the world but the man credited with that global expansion was a mystery, and that was just the way he liked it.

“Privacy at times today seems a relic of the non-media past,” Forrest E Mars Jr told Duke University business majors. It “allows us to do the very best we can… without being concerned with self-aggrandisement.”

June 17, 2016

Edgar de Picciotto was a pioneer to hedge fund investors, “the smartest man in Europe” to his disciples, and the patriarch of a dynasty that upholds his legacy of astute, innovative, and independent wealth management.

Edgar de Picciotto was a pioneer to hedge fund investors, “the smartest man in Europe” to his disciples, and the patriarch of a dynasty that upholds his legacy of astute, innovative, and independent wealth management.

De Picciotto founded Geneva-based Union Bancaire Privée (UBP) in 1969 and turned it into one of the world’s biggest family-owned banks.

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