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April 4, 2022

China’s bid for global power, climate change and the transition away from fossil fuels are three of the defining megatrends of our time. Collectively, they promise generational upheaval. But decades of peace and stability have left markets, politics, economies and societies complacent and vulnerable. It’s going to get bumpy says Ruffer LLP investment director Alexander Chartres.

China’s bid for global power, climate change and the transition away from fossil fuels are three of the defining megatrends of our time. Collectively, they promise generational upheaval. But decades of peace and stability have left markets, politics, economies and societies complacent and vulnerable. It’s going to get bumpy says Ruffer LLP investment director Alexander Chartres.

Note: This article was written in late 2021, before the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

April 1, 2022

As a well‐recognised premier international financial and wealth management centre with the second largest number of ultra-high-net-worth individuals in the world, Hong Kong offers many unique advantages for family offices to operate and grow, explains Christine Ho, deputy global head of FamilyOfficeHK at Invest Hong Kong.

As a well‐recognised premier international financial and wealth management centre with the second largest number of ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWIs) in the world[1], Hong Kong offers many unique advantages for family offices to operate and grow, explains Christine Ho, deputy global head of FamilyOfficeHK at Invest Hong Kong.

March 29, 2022

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 says Wharton finance professor Richard Marston.

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.

March 17, 2022

It’s an issue that often comes up in conversation with family business clients: the enthusiasm of the next generation to be involved in running the business may be waning says KPMG partner Ian Beaumont.

It’s an issue that often comes up in conversation with family business clients: the enthusiasm of the next generation to be involved in running the business may be waning says KPMG partner Ian Beaumont.
 

Different horizons

January 21, 2022

Founding partner of venture capital firm Lakestar Klaus Hommels and former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi discuss the outlook for Europe and how politics can help it achieve sovereignty in financing and technology.

Founding partner of venture capital firm Lakestar Klaus Hommels and former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi discuss the outlook for Europe and how politics can help it achieve sovereignty in financing and technology.

For Europe to remain powerful amid the changing geopolitical landscape, maintaining hegemony in financing technological advances is required. Creating a vision is not enough. To power growth, we need both passion from politicians alongside practical means to plug a funding gap for the new generation of companies.

November 18, 2021

Juergen Heraeus describes himself as “just a shareholder” since he stepped down as chairman of the supervisory board of Heraeus Group after two decades last year. However, that modestly underestimates his revolutionary stewardship of the $3.5 billion family-owned giant, which celebrates its 200th anniversary as a company in 2051.

Juergen Heraeus describes himself as “just a shareholder” since he stepped down as chairman of the supervisory board of Heraeus Group after two decades last year. However, that modestly underestimates his revolutionary stewardship of the $3.5 billion family-owned giant, which celebrates its 200th anniversary as a company in 2051.

November 4, 2021

While many might consider history as just something that happened in the past, it is found in our research to have the potential to create important competitive advantages for family businesses and even new entrepreneurs.

“Spanning almost a hundred years, the story behind this restaurant [is told in] the lives of three generations of remarkable Chinese women. Their extraordinary journey takes us from the brutal poverty of village life in mainland China, to newly prosperous 1930s Hong Kong and finally to the UK. Their lives were as dramatic as the times they lived through.” – Sweet Mandarin.

November 1, 2021

Family-controlled JCB and Fortescue Future Industries sign green hydrogen deal, Lavazza coffee family in $200 million expansion of cafes in China, Sir James Dyson’s family office boosted by $1.8 billion transfer.

Family-controlled JCB and Fortescue Future Industries sign green hydrogen deal

Lord Anthony Bamford, the British second-generation chairman of heavy machinery maker JCB, hails a multibillion-dollar green hydrogen deal with Australian family business Fortescue Future Industries as “a major advance” towards making the clean fuel practical for consumers.

October 29, 2021

A new generation is driving change in a tea category where for decades price has meant more than taste or goodness. The trend they are forcing is about taste and wellness, but so much more. As younger customers turn to tea, they are demanding a more sincere appreciation of ethics and sustainability. This offers a glimmer of hope for passionate tea growers who make tea for the love of the leaf.

A new generation is driving change in a tea category where for decades price has meant more than taste or goodness. The trend they are forcing is about taste and wellness, but so much more. As younger customers turn to tea, they are demanding a more sincere appreciation of ethics and sustainability. This offers a glimmer of hope for passionate tea growers who make tea for the love of the leaf.

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