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August 1, 2018

Industrial foundations lock up generations of family wealth. But what they lack in flexibility they compensate in prospects for long-term prosperity. Scott McCulloch reports

Industrial foundations lock up generations of family wealth. But what they lack in flexibility they compensate in prospects for long-term prosperity. Scott McCulloch reports

Foundations have deep roots in privately-held enterprises, especially in northern Europe’s high-tax jurisdictions. The business model is imperfect, but goes a fair way towards preserving multigenerational wealth.

July 23, 2018

Serving two masters can be a recipe for disaster, yet many large family businesses operate successful two board systems which separate the daily management from a supervisory board with a broader mandate. Is a supervisory board right for your family business? Or is the added level of decision-making a hindrance? Daniel Bardsley reports

Serving two masters can be a recipe for disaster, yet many large family businesses operate successful two board systems which separate the daily management from a supervisory board with a broader mandate. Is a supervisory board right for your family business? Or is the added level of decision-making a hindrance? Daniel Bardsley reports

Last year BMW sold more than 2 million vehicles under its own brand name, a record performance—even if it was not enough to catch arch-rival Mercedes-Benz.

July 12, 2018

The Chinese proverb “wealth never survives three generations” has an equivalent in many cultures and has appeared in writing over centuries. The international notion that the first generation builds wealth, the second spends and otherwise mismanages it, and the third is left with nothing, isn’t just a platitude, though.

The Chinese proverb “wealth never survives three generations” has an equivalent in many cultures and has appeared in writing over centuries. The international notion that the first generation builds wealth, the second spends and otherwise mismanages it, and the third is left with nothing, isn’t just a platitude, though.

June 19, 2018

Third-generation Mohammed “Mo” Dewji transformed his father’s modest trading company into MeTL Group, a conglomerate aiming to become a $5 billion cornerstone of the African economy. The Wall Street rookie turned Giving Pledge philanthropist tells Mfonobong Nsehe what powers his ambition, why China can’t compete, and how his close family balances work and life

Third-generation Mohammed “Mo” Dewji transformed his father’s modest trading company into MeTL Group, a conglomerate aiming to become a $5 billion cornerstone of the African economy.  The Wall Street rookie turned Giving Pledge philanthropist tells Mfonobong Nsehe what powers his ambition, why China can’t compete, and how his close family balances work and life

May 29, 2018

Swiss female wealth holders are not only challenging social norms in the battle for equality, they are overturning conventions in wealth management. James Beech reports

Swiss female wealth holders are not only challenging social norms in the battle for equality, they are overturning conventions in wealth management. James Beech reports

Say the words ‘family wealth management’, and Jane Austen is unlikely to be the first person who springs to mind. However, the 19th century novelist is a surprising source for inspiration about money matters.

“Money can only give happiness where there is nothing else to give it.”

May 8, 2018

Death is a sensitive topic in all cultures, but especially in predominantly Chinese societies. Despite this wariness, it is a topic I have broached with family members in several ways over the past year with revealing results.

Death is a sensitive topic in all cultures, but especially in predominantly Chinese societies. Here superstitions mean some buildings do not have a fourth level because four in Cantonese sounds like “die”. Despite this wariness, it is a topic I have broached with family members in several ways over the past year with revealing results.

In October last year I took a gamble and provided a platform in Hong Kong for family principals to talk about death. 

May 1, 2018

Ghazi Abu Nahl, insurance magnate, philanthropist, and father-of-five, shows few signs of slowing down. Despite turning 72 this year, his schedule sees him in a new city virtually every week. So how did a former refugee, who describes his ideal day as being at home with his wife and children, build a global business empire with more than $5 billion in assets? Alexandra Newlovereports

Ghazi Abu Nahl, insurance magnate, philanthropist, and father-of-five, shows few signs of slowing down. Despite turning 72 this year, his schedule sees him in a new city virtually every week. So how did a former refugee, who describes his ideal day as being at home with his wife and children, build a global business empire with more than $5 billion in assets? Alexandra Newlovereports

April 30, 2018

The ancient religious trust known as the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf is coming back into vogue in Dubai. Not only are waqfs a way for families to set up charitable foundations and launch their charitable funds, they are also popular among family business principals who want to organise their inheritance in confidence.

The ancient religious trust known as the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf is coming back into vogue in Dubai. Not only are waqfs a way for families to set up charitable foundations and launch their charitable funds, they are also popular among family business principals who want to organise their inheritance in confidence.

This emerging trend, along with law changes in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), could be a big boost for smoother succession planning.

April 25, 2018

Most business owners will agree that having a succession plan in place is critical, though often challenging, even in the best of times. But Michael Wagner, co-founder of the family-owned, Florida-based Omnia Family Wealth asks what happens when the heirs of the business have different needs, talents, goals and involvement in the family’s business?

Most business owners will agree that having a succession plan in place is critical, though often challenging, even in the best of times. But Michael Wagner, co-founder of the family-owned, Florida-based Omnia Family Wealth asks what happens when the heirs of the business have different needs, talents, goals and involvement in the family’s business?

Sibling differences and communication barriers can create major obstacles to a smooth transition in leadership that can lead to the ultimate destruction of the company.

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