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Special report

December 3, 2009

The CEO of BNP Paribas Wealth Management tells Marc Smith why sustained giving is more important than the amount given, how service providers can improve family philanthropy and why the next generation is so important

Francois Debiesse is not surprised that just 2.9% of respondents to the BNP Paribas/Campden Research Global Philanthropy Report, Giving through the generations, said they relied on banks for philanthropic advice. 

December 3, 2009

The BNP Paribas/Campden Research Global Family Philanthropy Report 2009 provides an insight into the structure and process of family philanthropy. This summary highlights some of the key findings of the report

Wealthy families are known for their dedication not only to the businesses that grow their wealth, but the causes and charities they choose to support through philanthropy. But how much is actually known about the patterns of family giving and how philanthropists choose the causes they support?

August 26, 2009

When a minority family shareholder is forced to sell up, there can be complex emotional forces at play leading to strained relations. The solution lies in open dialogue and a greater understanding of the shareholding structure says Barbara Murray

The positive aspects of the family business ownership model have rightly been given more publicity recently as the failures inherent in the world's financial system have been exposed. Yet it is important families do not get carried away on a wave of self-congratulation – they can learn as much, if not more, from bad practice as from good.

August 26, 2009

Statistically, we know that women are increasingly becoming wealth generators for their families, as well as wealth decision-makers

Statistically, we know that women are increasingly becoming wealth generators for their families, as well as wealth decision-makers. We also know that many ultra high net worth families are lacking formal family governance structures to help provide clarity and minimise emotionally-based financial decisions.  

August 26, 2009

Over the last two generations great shifts have occurred in the expectations and opportunities available to women, and ultra high net worth women are no exception

Over the last two generations great shifts have occurred in the expectations and opportunities available to women, and ultra high net worth women are no exception. We have emerged from a world where gender expectations were set and adhered to, into one where they are fluid and challenged. Women now take prominent roles in the family business, inherit equally with their male siblings and create their own wealth.

April 27, 2009

Ben Bland looks at the relationship between two famous sons, analyses the effect of their dispute on the country’s corporate reputation, and discusses rumours of a truce

Mukesh Ambani did not have the greatest of years in 2008, with the value of his business empire shrinking by an estimated $28 billion. But he can console himself with the fact that he is still India's richest tycoon and that more importantly, his estranged younger brother, Anil, lost even more money, with his net worth slumping by $30 billion.

April 27, 2009

Gavin Knight meets Adi Godrej to discuss how the venerable Godrej Group is mixing tradition and innovation within a modern Indian family business setting

India has mainly been in the news for its upwardly mobile economic growth rate over the last decade, which has been driven by a large number of the country's family-controlled multinational companies. However, age-old concerns over corporate governance in these businesses were brought to the fore this January when a family business scandal hit the headlines.

April 27, 2009

Jane Simms profiles two leading ladies who are blazing a trail for the fairer sex in India.

Meher Pudumjee, chairperson of Thermax Limited, the family business set up by her maternal grandfather some 40 years ago, is testimony to just how quickly the role of women in family businesses is changing in India.

She joined the board of Thermax, which produces energy and environmental systems for industrial customers around the world, in 1996 after the sudden death of her father, becoming non-executive chairman four years later. She had first joined the company aged 21, straight after a degree in chemical engineering at Imperial College, London.

November 1, 2008

The internet may be one of the world’s greatest inventions, but it has also introduced new and dangerous security risks. Gavin Knight looks at what is at stake for families and analyses how they can protect themselves and their business

Family businesses face multiple threats to their privacy and security from the internet. Dedicated criminals can use the internet to find personal information to use for extortion, blackmail or identity fraud. Financial information can be intercepted by stray emails or lapsed data security.

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