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August 12, 2014

Harnessing the collective power of family capital is not a new concept. But One Thousand & One Voices is adding a twist: calling on families’ sector expertise and intellectual firepower to super-charge emerging market SMEs. Just don’t call it impact investing. 

For more than 20 years, McKay Belk, in his role as president and chief merchandising officer at his family’s third-generation family business Belk, has spent hundreds of hours every year crisscrossing the globe with his team.

He travelled widely to source products from across southeast Asia, China, India and Africa to stock its 300 plus stores - Belk is the largest privately-owned department store chain in the US generating $4 billion (€3 billion) in revenue in 2013.

July 16, 2014

Many wealthy families living off their investments are returning to active business operations, impact investing or philanthropy, as they feel they lack of purpose, a new report says.

Many wealthy families living off their investments are returning to active business operations, impact investing or philanthropy, as they feel they lack of purpose, a new report says.

The meaning of wealth in the 21st century: unlocking the secrets of wealthy families, conducted by Withers and Scorpio Partnership, sought to find whether the wealthy are focused on wealth generation, preservation or the application of their wealth.

July 2, 2014

The number of Millennials that own or employ socially responsible investments is significantly higher than in any other age group, according to a study that explores family dynamics in wealthy families. 

The number of Millennials that own or employ socially responsible investments is significantly higher than in any other age group, according to a study that explores family dynamics in wealthy families.

US Trusts’ Insights on Wealth and Worth 2014 found that 63% of Millennials, those born between 1980 and 2000, own or are interested in socially responsible investments compared with 40% of Generation X.  

Generation X is defined as people born between 1960 and 1980. 

June 19, 2014

Tech entrepreneurs Charly and Lisa Kleissner have become the first impact investors to win the coveted Grand Prix philanthropy award ­­– an honour traditionally reserved for non-profit organisations. 

Tech entrepreneurs Charly and Lisa Kleissner have become the first impact investors to win the coveted BNP Paribas Grand Prix philanthropy award ­­– an honour traditionally reserved for non-profit organisations. 

June 13, 2014

Family offices and high net worth individuals are among some of the leading investors in impact investments – a practice forecast to be worth $12.7 billion (€9.4 billion) in 2014, according to a new report.

Family offices and high net worth individuals are among some of the leading investors in impact investments – a practice forecast to be worth $12.7 billion (€9.4 billion) in 2014, according to a new report.

Wealthy individuals and families account for 17% of total capital raised by fund managers, said The Impact Investor Survey, released by JP Morgan and the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN).

December 2, 2013

Impact investing is an area that family offices have shown cautious interest in, but a new G8 task force is set to tackle some of the issues holding them back. Campden takes a look.

Back in the 1970s and 1980s, venture capital and private equity were a glint in people’s eyes, says Sir Ronald Cohen, founder of Apax Partners, but institutions felt something exciting was about to happen in the space. Today, Cohen – the so called “father of British venture capital” – has a sense of déjà vu, because he feels impact investing is at the same stage in its evolution and the industry is set to take off.

July 15, 2013

A new generation of philanthropists is making the world a better place, and making money too. But think carefully before you embark on a social enterprise.

At a time when the world is still feeling the effects of the worst financial crisis since the 1930s and banker bashing is a global pastime, communities and policymakers are seeking ways to carve out a better future.

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