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Raising Heirs

Raising Heirs

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This is the conundrum of wealth creator parents: they want to raise children to value the hard work that helped them create wealth, but at the same time pass them wealth that means they never need to work. Talk about mixed messages!  In order to actually do this, one would have to live well below one’s means, and/or withhold access for children to the family wealth so that they can live it ‘tough’ for a…

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Family Philanthropy

Family Philanthropy

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Family philanthropy is the act of a collective rather than an individual. It is rooted in the values of a family, carrying forward its name and legacy, and engaging its members. That makes it about a lot more than just writing cheques. It needs people from multiple generations working together, and that needs to be driven by a purpose and strategy. Two important surveys indicate that this is not happening effectively. According to a global…

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The Role of Non-Family Members

The Role of Non-Family Members

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Most families have them, and all families need them. The trusted non-family members who have worked within the family enterprise for many years. In addition to their formal roles, they might be confidantes for family members,  and informal mediators and channels for tricky conversations. They know everything important that is happening within the family. They can also serve as a bridge between the family and rank-and-file employees within the family enterprise. They are not blood…

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My Fathers Advisor

My Father’s Advisor?

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Research indicates that more than 70% of heirs will fire or change wealth advisors after they inherit. Clearly this poses a huge risk to advisors, but it says a lot about how advisors are currently dealing with family groups. It’s also worth considering the risks of this situation to families themselves. A significant proportion of wealth advisors to family groups do not appear to be engaging with the rising generation, and certainly not taking the…

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Q&A How Much to Help?

Q&A. How much to help?

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Q. How much extra financial support should we give our children? A. This is one of the great balancing acts parents need to perform. Too much and kids might end up spoiled or entitled. Too little and the wealth is not there for them when they actually need it (and if it’s not, then what’s the point of it?) We all have a particular psychology of money, and these attitudes are formed in our early…

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Due Diligence in Family Office

Due Diligence

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The recent Vanity Fair expose of the Ritossa FO conferences gives us pause to reflect on one of the most important sources of value for families: our networks. Our networks are a source of deal flow – families like to co-invest and always look to what others are doing. They also are an important step-up for our children – helping them with education, employment and more. Membership organisations and the event/conference circuit play an important…

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Family Business Succession

Family Business Succession

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Family and business makes for a complex mix, essentially because of conflict of interest. At any time, those involved wear a mix of ‘hats’: family, owner and employee. This sometimes makes decision making very difficult: what comes first – family or business? Do we give family members a job even if they don’t deserve it?  What if they aren’t performing? How much do we pay them? At the appropriate time, do we gift the business…

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the two wolves

The Two Wolves

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Family wealth can be a double-edged sword. With few financial burdens or limitations, one can live a very comfortable life, use the family wealth and connections to create almost any career of life path, and make the world a better place through philanthropy and impact. But there is a dark side, particularly to inherited wealth: guilt and shame at ‘unearned privilege’ (I don’t like the term, but it works for this), how the wealth was…

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Manage or Avoid Conflict

Manage or Avoid Family Conflict?

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What would you rather in your family: to manage conflict or avoid it completely? Before you jump to door number two, snap out of fairy tale land and accept that family conflict cannot be avoided. Conflict is a part of any relationship, and especially present in families, and even more so when significant assets are added into the mix. When family members are driven by self-interest, this leads to zero-sum dynamics. The ‘losers’ in any…

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queen elizabeth II - king charles III

QE2 -> C3

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The leadership transition from Queen Elizabeth II to King Charles III has been a fascinating insight into the preparation and execution of a succession plan. Within minutes of the announcement of her passing, the media was flooded with coverage, clearly well prepared in advance. Established protocols, known to insiders, were quickly put into place. Everyone was ready for this, yet when the moment came there was an outpouring of grief for one of the most…

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