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June 18, 2013

Despite a reluctance to take up riskier assets and a lack of confidence in the equity markets, the world’s richest individuals saw their wealth grow 10% in 2012.

Despite a reluctance to take up riskier assets and a lack of confidence in the equity markets, the world’s richest individuals saw their wealth grow 10% in 2012, according to research released today by Capgemini and RBC Wealth Management.

This is in contrast to 2011 when the average investible wealth of high net worth individuals dropped 1.7%, and the sluggish 2.6% average growth seen since 2008.

June 4, 2013

Family business owners are more comfortable investing in tangibles and businesses than other wealthy families, according to new research.

Family business owners are more comfortable investing in tangibles and businesses than other wealthy families, according to new research, allocating three times as much to direct private equity and almost twice as much to real estate as their non-business owning counterparts.

The study, by family office networking centre Family Office Exchange (FOX) and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, compared the investment decisions made in 2012 by business-owning families, and "financial" families – wealthy families without an operating business.

May 31, 2013

Wealthy philanthropists who are discreet about their giving could be undermining their charitable efforts, a new study examining cultural trends in philanthropy reveals.

Wealthy philanthropists who are discreet about their giving could be undermining their charitable efforts, a new study examining cultural trends in philanthropy reveals.

The first Individual Philanthropy Index, conducted by Forbes Insights and French bank BNP Paribas examining philanthropic giving in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, also found that motivating factors for giving varied across the regions studied.

May 23, 2013

Brewing fortunes are not uncommon. But few of these fortunes have been turned into such a successful family office as Quilvest. Campden interviews its chief executive.

 

May 17, 2013

Johann Rupert, the second-gen chairman of Switzerland-based luxury watch and jewellery group Richemont, has announced he plans to take a gap year from the family business starting from September.

Johann Rupert, the second-gen chairman of Switzerland-based luxury watch and jewellery group Richemont, has announced he plans to take a gap year from the family business starting from September.

The 62-year-old has been at the helm of Richemont for 25 years. He told reporters: "I just want to be master of my time for some time, it is ironic someone in the watch business should not be in control of his time."

May 15, 2013

Deutsche Bank has announced it has merged two of its family offices into one unit to create Deutsche Oppenheim Family Office, creating the largest family office in Germany.

Deutsche Bank has announced it has merged two of its family offices into one unit to create Deutsche Oppenheim Family Office, creating the largest family office in Germany. It will offer a full range of services for ultra-high net worth clients as well as cooperation with single or multi family offices.

Created from the merger of Oppenheim Vermögenstreuhand and Wilhelm von Finck Deutsche Family Office, the new family office has total assets under management of around €10 billion.

April 30, 2013

The value of prime real estate in New York, London, Hong Kong and Singapore is set to rise by 27% in the next five years, due to the growing number of ultra-high net worth individuals globally, according to recent research.

The value of prime real estate in New York, London, Hong Kong and Singapore is set to rise by 27% in the next five years, due to the growing number of ultra-high net worth individuals globally, according to recent research.

The Global Prime Sector Report – published by property developers Candy & Candy, Deutsche Bank and estate agent Savills – found that by 2017 the UHNW population was expected to increased by 20%, with their collective wealth increasing by 30% as international markets recover.

April 12, 2013

The rich aren’t idle and when they aren’t thinking about work, they’re thinking about health, according to two new surveys.

The rich aren’t idle and when they aren’t thinking about work, they’re thinking about health, according to two new surveys.

Contrary to popular perception the rich aren’t idle, indeed the richer you are the busier you are, found a survey by Ledbury Research, a London-based consultancy.

April 8, 2013

Ask Geoffroy Dedieu how family offices should invest and you’re likely to get a long and passionate response. Dedieu, who heads the UK-based family office of one of Nigeria’s wealthiest individuals, Theophilus Danjuma, reckons not just family offices, but all investors should invest directly in underlying assets when they can.

Ask Geoffroy Dedieu how family offices should invest and you’re likely to get a long and passionate response. Dedieu, who heads the UK-based family office of one of Nigeria’s wealthiest individuals, Theophilus Danjuma, reckons not just family offices, but all investors should invest directly in underlying assets when they can.

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