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April 3, 2014

Forget attending packed auctions and phone bids, buying a top-end collectible is now just a click away. 

In December of 2012 Edward Hopper’s painting October on Cape Cod (pictured, below right) was sold at auction by Christie’s for $9.6 million (€7.1 million). Nothing unusual about that, you might say. But the buyer wasn’t in the room, and not even on the end of a phone, but watching the auction live through an online stream. That is, so far, the most that anybody has paid for a painting while bidding over the internet.

March 20, 2014

Almost 60% of high net worth investors feel bullish about the investment outlook over the next 12 months, according to a new survey, the highest confidence has been since the global economic crash of 2008.

Almost 60% of high net worth investors feel bullish about the investment outlook over the next 12 months, according to a new survey, the highest confidence has been since the global economic crash of 2008.

Financial advisory company deVere Group said the number of investors who reported feeling bullish was up four percentage points from its 2013 poll to 57%.

The last time investor confidence levels were higher than this level was in 2007, when 59% of high net worth investors said they were feeling bullish in the annual international poll.

March 5, 2014

A reclusive second-gen to Chinese real estate agent Logan Properties has been declared the youngest billionaire on the planet by Forbes World’s Billionaires List, which includes a number of family business members.

A reclusive second-gen to Chinese real estate agent Logan Properties has been declared the youngest billionaire on the planet by Forbes World’s Billionaires List, which includes a number of family business members.

At age 24, Hong Kong native Perenna Kei is an 85% shareholder in the family business and a non-executive director. Her father, Ji Haipeng, is chairman and chief executive of the company.

February 18, 2014

Working cheek by jowl with your family can be fraught with difficulty. Now there is a growing body of evidence to show that the family business environment can also be a big enabler of addiction problems in the heirs to the business. CampdenFB reports

There is no such thing as a stereotypical addict. Extreme wealth and an unhealthy penchant for narcotics have long been bedfellows, as proved by the slew of celebrities that check into rehab each year, but then again, addiction and poverty aren’t strangers either. It is almost impossible to run a line of best fit through the characteristics and backgrounds of addicts. But all that said, there is worrying evidence to show the rate of drug or alcohol dependency in family businesses is much higher than in their non-family counterparts.

January 31, 2014

Notoriously private In-N-Out third gen Lynsi Snyder has revealed her low profile is due to two kidnapping attempts that have been made against her.

Notoriously private In-N-Out third gen Lynsi Snyder has revealed her low profile is due to two kidnapping attempts that have been made against her.

In an interview with US magazine Orange Coast, the 31-year-old said the first attempt happened when she was in high school, and the second attempt was when she was in management at the family’s burger chain.

January 24, 2014

One of the biggest family businesses in the Middle East could launch its first IPO in a matter of months, according to media reports. 

One of the biggest family businesses in the Middle East could launch its first IPO in a matter of months, according to media reports.

Saudi Binladin Group, a second-generation construction company, could list one of its biggest divisions, Construction Products Holding (CPC), as early as June.

January 21, 2014

The world’s wealthiest individuals have a disproportionate influence on government policies and agenda, at the expense of some of the world’s poorest individuals, according to a new report issued ahead of this week’s World Economic Forum.

The world’s wealthiest individuals have a disproportionate influence on government policies and agenda, at the expense of some of the world’s poorest individuals, according to a new report issued ahead of this week’s World Economic Forum.

January 20, 2014

Socially responsible investing has got the backing of famous names, has seen a huge rise in assets under management and is focused on the future, but are family offices actually interested? CampdenFB takes a look

January 17, 2014

Family offices are filling the vacuum left by corporate bankers in the world’s real estate markets, as new research reveals the asset class accounts for approximately a fifth of the invested wealth of all ultra high net worth individuals.

Family offices are filling the vacuum left by corporate bankers in the world’s real estate markets, as new research reveals the asset class accounts for approximately a fifth of the invested wealth of all ultra high net worth individuals.

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