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May 16, 2018

Ethan Koh is a fourth-generation descendant of the Singaporean family behind Heng Long Leather—a tannery for exotic skins which supplies some of the world’s top luxury brands. Koh founded Ethan K in 2009 as a maker of vibrant bespoke crocodile skin handbags, which proved popular with royals. He told Alexandra Newlove about capturing the millennial imagination, his most unusual bespoke requests, and his advice for the next generation looking to make their mark

Ethan Koh is a fourth-generation descendant of the Singaporean family behind Heng Long Leather—a tannery for exotic skins which supplies some of the world’s top luxury brands. Koh founded Ethan K in 2009 as a maker of vibrant bespoke crocodile skin handbags, which proved popular with royals. He told Alexandra Newlove about capturing the millennial imagination, his most unusual bespoke requests, and his advice for the next generation looking to make their mark

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 7, 2018

Choosing how, where, and when to push the boat out will be plain sailing now Paul Ashtonis on deck to help you enjoy life on the ocean waves

Choosing how, where, and when to push the boat out will be plain sailing now Paul Ashtonis on deck to help you enjoy life on the ocean waves

Jean-Paul Sartre most definitely had something other than holiday matters in mind when he wrote “Hell is other people”, but it is a notion that probably occurs to many of us when faced with the ordinary anarchy of 21st century vacationing. The options for truly getting away from it all with a group of family and friends are surprisingly limited.

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.

April 24, 2018

How can family businesses not just survive, but thrive in an era of big data and automation? James Beech asks futurologists what the world will look like for families by the middle of the 21st century and how families, with their patient capital, can start shaping tomorrow today

How can family businesses not just survive, but thrive in an era of big data and automation? James Beech asks futurologists what the world will look like for families by the middle of the 21st century and how families, with their patient capital, can start shaping tomorrow today

Ferrari is at a crossroads. The family-controlled supercar maker’s conundrum is laid bare at the end of an exhibition at the Design Museum in London that celebrates the marque’s 70th anniversary.

April 20, 2018

The loss of billionaire heir Karl-Erivan Haub brings home the need for families to prepare robust succession plans to ensure their businesses survive, experts say.

The loss of billionaire heir Karl-Erivan Haub brings home the need for families to prepare robust succession plans to ensure their businesses survive, experts say.

April 12, 2018

It is not unusual for successful business people to spend their later years focused on charitable work. More novel is the entrepreneur who, by age 40, spends 90% of his time on a project that makes him no money. Alexandre Mars spoke to Alexandra Newlove about Epic, his non-profit start-up, and making giving the norm

It is not unusual for successful business people to spend their later years focused on charitable work. More novel is the entrepreneur who, by age 40, spends 90% of his time on a project that makes him no money. Alexandre Mars spoke to Alexandra Newlove about Epic, his non-profit start-up, and making giving the norm

Alexandre Mars’ outlook on life is buoyed by the belief that people want to help others—though, he concedes they do not always act on this impulse.

April 10, 2018

Wealthy families spend significant sums monitoring and managing financial, operational, and other risks, yet mental health issues are equally as dangerous when they affect key family members or principals.

Wealthy families spend significant sums monitoring and managing financial, operational, and other risks, yet mental health issues are equally as dangerous when they affect key family members or principals.

“Rags to riches and back again in three generations.” We’ve heard it more times than we can count, but the sad truth is, the old adage is true far too often. Great wealth is earned by the hard-working first generation, only to disappear by the third.

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