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February 4, 2022

The former wife of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has announced that she no longer plans to give away the bulk of her wealth via their Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Here's why a clean break makes sense.

Following on from her divorce from Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates in 2021, Melinda French Gates has announced that she no longer plans to give away the bulk of her wealth via their Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

February 2, 2022

KPMG family office and private client team partner Jo Bateson talks about the philanthropic structures needed to support ad-hoc giving alongside longer-term goals.

KPMG family office and private client team partner Jo Bateson talks about the philanthropic structures needed to support ad-hoc giving alongside longer-term goals.

Many of us will make regular and often sizable charitable donations supporting causes that are close to our hearts. It is part of what makes us human. But when does charity become philanthropy? The distinction is not always clear.

January 31, 2022

From Cats to Hamilton, theatre's greatest hits have relied on risky decisions. But, says renowned producer Eleanor Lloyd, what is planned to be the Theatre Returns Fund will allow more innovative productions to be made with less uncertainty for investors.

From Cats to Hamilton, theatre's greatest hits have relied on risky decisions. But, says renowned producer Eleanor Lloyd, what is planned to be the Theatre Returns Fund will allow more innovative productions to be made with less uncertainty for investors.

January 28, 2022

The results of an exclusive report by Silicon Valley Bank and Campden Wealth into venture portfolio investment found that family offices are investing in impactful, specialist, diverse and female-led venture funds. Jennifer Steans, President and CEO of Financial Investments Corporation gives her insights into the report’s key findings.

The results of an exclusive report by Silicon Valley Bank and Campden Wealth into venture portfolio investment found that family offices are investing in specialist, diverse and female-led venture funds. 80% of family offices are making venture investments in impact-focused funds and start-ups.

Jennifer Steans, President and CEO of Financial Investments Corporation and senior member of her own family office gives her insights into the report’s key findings.
 

January 27, 2022

A prominent young, next-gen woman who is safeguarding her family’s wealth while carving her own niche as the head of an impact investment company, Melissa Sesana Grajales is undoubtedly one to watch.

A prominent young, next-gen woman who is safeguarding her family’s wealth while carving her own niche as the head of an impact investment company, Melissa Sesana Grajales is undoubtedly one to watch.

It wouldn't be untrue to say that Melissa Sesana Grajales' family fortune was predicated on a wild leap of faith.

January 24, 2022

Financial conditions have never been so accommodative says Ruffer LLP’s investment director Duncan MacInnes.

Financial conditions have never been so accommodative says Ruffer LLP’s investment director Duncan MacInnes.

Omicron or not, the US economy is booming. The cocktail of pent-up animal spirits, household net worth at all-time highs plus hefty measures of monetary and fiscal stimulus is a potent one. The Atlanta Federal Reserve ‘NowCast’ has US Q4 real GDP at 7%; add 6% CPI inflation and you get a 13% nominal growth rate [1]. The growth picture is similar in Europe and the UK. One would have to go back 50 years to find a similar surge.

January 17, 2022

Throughout the pandemic, members of the ultra-wealthy community have made a monumental social impact, but just one made a financial profit. Paul Westall, co-founder of the Agreus Group, asks do family offices always need a return when it comes to giving and is it possible to have it both ways?

This is an extract from the How To Change The World Report, a guide to philanthropy and impact investing by family office recruiter, Agreus. Download the full report here.

January 17, 2022

Resources for bespoke wealth management and responsible governance strategies are in growing demand from restructuring family offices in their pursuit of new investment opportunities in new markets.

Resources for bespoke wealth management and responsible governance strategies are in growing demand from restructuring family offices in their pursuit of new investment opportunities in new markets.

January 5, 2022

Smaller institutional investors have traditionally found it difficult to invest in private markets due to limited access. Titanbay CEO Thomas Eskebaek explains how its platform is helping solve the problem.

Smaller institutional investors have traditionally found it difficult to invest in private markets due to limited access. Titanbay CEO Thomas Eskebaek explains how its platform is helping solve the problem.

Private markets are booming. Over the past decade, average returns on top quartile private equity funds have exceeded 20%, according to Preqin. Global private equity net asset value has grown more than seven-fold since 2002, almost double the growth in public equity markets.

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