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October 2, 2013

Asia Pacific is set to topple North America from its throne as home to the most wealthy individuals next year, according to new research, with the region’s high net worth individual population growing at twice the rate of the rest of the world between 2007 and 2012.

Asia Pacific is set to topple North America from its throne as home to the most wealthy individuals next year, according to new research, with the region’s high net worth individual population growing at twice the rate of the rest of the world between 2007 and 2012.

When it comes to ultra-high net worth individuals, the Asia Pacific Wealth Report 2013, published by CapGemini and RBC Wealth Management, revealed the Asia-Pacific's population had increased 15% over the same period – compared to the global average of 10%.

September 26, 2013

The Koffler Group, a US-based family office, has traditionally travelled light when it comes to debt, but Campden talks to the third-gen who has been fearless in making sure it now has a mixed bag of investments.

The family fortune may have been made by an inherently conservative investor with a flair for designing suitcases, but when it comes to investment strategy subsequent generations of the Koffler family have been determined not to carry any baggage.

Sol Koffler is a poster child for the American dream. Arriving in the US from eastern Europe in 1920 at the age of 13, he started selling $1 suitcases as the Great Depression reached its peak. Over the next 46 years he built American Tourister into the second largest luggage company in the country.

August 21, 2013

A group of disgruntled Walmart employees have taken aim at the expensive hobby of its second-gen chairman, in a protest to point out the pay discrepancy between the family business’s minimum wage workers and its top-level executives.

A group of disgruntled Walmart employees have taken aim at the expensive hobby of its second-gen chairman, in a protest to point out the pay discrepancy between the family business’s minimum wage workers and its top-level executives.

S. Robson Walton, 68, was targeted while taking part in a racing event in California with his collection of luxury cars, including a Maserati and a Ferrari, valued at an estimated $16 million.

Two separate protests were staged – one in front of the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and the other at a nearby Walmart store.

August 6, 2013

HSBC’s ultra-high net worth offering is the biggest multi family office in the world, according to Bloomberg Markets, which has produced its annual ranking of the sector. 

HSBC’s ultra-high net worth offering is the biggest multi family office in the world, according to Bloomberg Markets, which has produced its annual ranking of the sector.

August 5, 2013

Australian mining magnate Gina Rinehart has offered an olive branch to her two children that are taking civil court action against her regarding the management of the family wealth and controlling shares in the family business.

Australian mining magnate Gina Rinehart has offered an olive branch to her two children that are taking civil court action against her regarding the management of the family wealth and controlling shares in the family business.

In an open letter to siblings John Hancock and Bianca Rinehart, the businesswoman – who at an estimated net worth of AUS$22 billion (€14.7 billion) is the country’s richest woman – said she was willing to appoint a co-trustee to the family trust.

July 22, 2013

One in three UK high net worth families have argued over inheritance and half of the country’s wealthy cannot decide how to split their wealth between heirs, new research reveals.

One in three UK high net worth families have argued over inheritance and half of the country’s wealthy cannot decide how to split their wealth between heirs, new research reveals.

Despite this, more than £1 trillion (€1.2 trillion) is due to pass between generations over the next 20 years.

According to the Coutts report, Breaking the wealth taboo: making succession a success, inheritance planning is becoming increasingly complicated as families become less traditional due to divorce and multiple marriages.

July 19, 2013

The world’s wealthy intend to take on more risk this year as they try to regain money lost during the global financial crisis, new research reveals.

The world’s wealthy intend to take on more risk this year as they try to regain money lost during the global financial crisis, new research reveals.

In a survey completed by the Institute for Private Investors, an educational and networking service for ultra-high net worth individuals, 63% of respondents said they planned to increase their allocation to global equities in 2013 and 53% plan to increase their positions in domestic equities.

July 17, 2013

Australia is ahead of the game when it comes to single family offices, according to new research, with the Asia-Pacific country boasting 250 out of the estimated 2,700 that exist globally.

Australia is ahead of the game when it comes to single family offices, according to new research, with the Asia-Pacific country boasting 250 out of the estimated 2,700 that exist globally.

Tables compiled by Eureka Report, an Australian investment website, reveal the country’s top 20 family offices are worth AU$103.9 billion (€73.2 billion), while the top 20 are worth AU$177.5 billion.

July 1, 2013

Security has long been on the radar of wealthy families, especially for those who remember the chilling spate of kidnappings in the 1970s and 1980s in Europe. So what steps can you take to protect your loved ones?

When Zachary Dell posted a picture of his breakfast on Instagram, he must have thought it was harmless.

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