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September 1, 2012

If you’ve ever wondered how you can ensure your family remains wealthy long after you’ve gone, then wonder no more.

If you’ve ever wondered how you can ensure your family remains wealthy long after you’ve gone, then wonder no more.

Because according to research published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, the answer is simple. Just have a small family.

The researchers found that having fewer children resulted in increased economic success and social position for descendants across up to four generations.

August 17, 2012

The Oppenheimer family’s 80-plus years of involvement in diamond mining giant De Beers has now come to an end, following the completion of its share sale to Anglo American.

The Oppenheimer family’s 80-plus years of involvement in diamond mining giant De Beers has now come to an end, following the completion of its share sale to Anglo American.

A statement by Anglo said the South African family has sold its 40% stake in De Beers to the UK-based miner in a deal valued at $5.2 billion (€4.22 billion).

First announced in November last year, the move takes Anglo’s stake in De Beers to 85%, while the remaining shares are held by the government of Botswana.

July 24, 2012

A new wealth app, which brings together news and commentary from CampdenFB, FO and NXG magazines, as well as information on research and upcoming conferences, has been launched by Campden.

A new wealth app, which brings together news and commentary from CampdenFB, FO and NXG magazines, as well as information on research and upcoming conferences, has been launched by Campden.

Available through the App Store and Google Play, the free-to-download app is “indispensable for wealth owners”, reckons David Bain, editorial director of Campden Wealth.

June 27, 2012

Sean Quinn, formerly Ireland’s richest man, and two members of his family have been branded dishonest, deceitful and evasive by a Dublin court, which found them guilty of contempt.

Sean Quinn, formerly Ireland’s richest man, and two members of his family have been branded dishonest, deceitful and evasive by a Dublin court, which found them guilty of contempt.

The judge ruled the bankrupt businessman had blocked Anglo Irish Bank from seizing international property worth hundreds of millions of euros – in defiance of a High Court order issued last year.

June 20, 2012

Many wealthy baby boomers are considering not leaving their children an inheritance in favour of giving their money to charity.

Many wealthy baby boomers are considering not leaving their children an inheritance in favour of giving their money to charity.

That’s one of the findings of research by US Trust, part of the global wealth and investment management unit of Bank of America, which looked at 642 Americans with at least $3 million (€2.36 million) in investible assets and found big variations in how different generations view wealth transfer.

June 4, 2012

In his essay That Politics May Be Reduced to a Science, the Scottish thinker David Hume asked himself whether good government is down to the “humours and education” of the rulers, or the form of the constitution. We might ask the same question about businesses.

In his essay That Politics May Be Reduced to a Science, the Scottish thinker David Hume asked himself whether good government is down to the “humours and education” of the rulers, or the form of the constitution. We might ask the same question about businesses. What is the best model for a company? Or is success down to people?

June 1, 2012

The world’s wealthiest people got even richer last year, but the rate of growth slowed amid ongoing turmoil in the markets. 

The world’s wealthiest people got even richer last year, but the rate of growth slowed amid ongoing turmoil in the markets.

Research by the Boston Consulting Group found that the private financial wealth sector grew by 1.9% to $122.8 trillion (€991.7 million) last year, far slower than the 9.6% and 6.8% increases experienced in 2009 and 2010 respectively.

May 31, 2012

Nicolas Bouckaert is the head of his family’s carpet-making business, Beaulieu of America. But that hasn’t stopped him being an entrepreneur.

Nicolas Bouckaert is the head of his family’s carpet-making business, Beaulieu of America. But that hasn’t stopped him being an entrepreneur.

I wanted an opportunity to get some outside experience – get my feet wet really – before jumping into the family business. It is more valuable to learn by doing things on your own. You will make mistakes, sure, but you learn from them – it is just a different type of learning that you may not get by going directly into the family company.

May 29, 2012

CampdenFB has produced a detailed list of the top 100 family businesses in Europe, which shows just how crucial these companies are to the region's economy. Their combined revenues make up nearly 14% of the European Union’s GDP.

The importance of family businesses to the European economy cannot by underestimated. They are essential to growth and employment creation throughout the world’s biggest economic area. CampdenFB has produced a list of the top 100 family businesses in the region, which shows just how crucial these businesses are to Europe’s economy. Their combined revenues have reached more than €1.8 trillion in 2011, that’s nearly 14% of the European Union’s GDP.

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