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February 7, 2023

In this week’s FB Roundup, Kumar Birla appoints his children as directors of the Aditya Birla Group; the Rothschild family plan to take their investment bank private; and the son of Brazilian billionaire Banco Safra founder sues his family.

Kumar Birla appoints children as directors of Aditya Birla Group
In a purported succession overture, Indian billionaire businessman and philanthropist Kumar Birla has appointed two of his children as directors to oversee the retail unit of the Aditya Birla Group.

November 16, 2022

Wellbeing International Foundation, headed by successful entrepreneur Max Lewinsohn, helps your body to heal itself by infusing billions of your own extracellular vesicles, generated from your own stem cells via a simple non-intrusive process. 

Back in 2010, successful multi-disciplinary business leader Max Lewinsohn was suffering from a knee injury caused by multiple sports injuries over the years. Having tried numerous solutions, he sceptically turned to Wellbeing International Foundation and was so impressed with the results that he joined the board as chairman following a reorganisation in 2016.

December 15, 2021

C Hoare & Co is the UK’s oldest private bank, founded in 1672 and still family owned, with a long history of philanthropic practices across its 11 generations. This culminated in the formal appointment of a head of philanthropy in 2018, an appointment bestowed upon Rennie Hoare, one of the bank’s youngest partners.

C Hoare & Co is the UK’s oldest private bank, founded in 1672 and still family owned, with a long history of philanthropic practices across its 11 generations. This culminated in the formal appointment of a head of philanthropy in 2018, an appointment bestowed upon Rennie Hoare, one of the bank’s youngest partners.

October 14, 2021

The Cayman Islands is a highly attractive jurisdiction for setting up family offices and in recent years, many ultra-high net worth families have chosen to make the British Overseas Territory in the western Caribbean Sea both their home and their headquarters for their global operations. 

The Cayman Islands is a highly attractive jurisdiction for setting up family offices and in recent years, many ultra-high net worth families have chosen to make the British Overseas Territory in the western Caribbean Sea both their home and their headquarters for their global operations.

October 1, 2021

The population of ultra-high net worth individuals in Africa is growing at a faster pace than any other region in the world, except Asia. According to the 2021 Knight Frank Wealth Report, Africa is expected to see a five-year ultra-wealth growth rate of 33% to reach close to 4,400 individuals by 2026. A lot of that wealth will be created by entrepreneurs.

The population of ultra-high net worth individuals in Africa is growing at a faster pace than any other region in the world, except Asia. According to the 2021 Knight Frank Wealth Report, Africa is expected to see a five-year ultra-wealth growth rate of 33% to reach close to 4,400 individuals by 2026. A lot of that wealth will be created by entrepreneurs.

June 30, 2021

The global economic reopening remains on track as Covid-19 vaccination rates climb. While rising inflation has become a concern, the spike in prices looks transitory so far. Ultimately, we still like the pandemic recovery trade that favours equities over bonds, the value factor over the growth factor and non-US stocks over US stocks. 

The global economic reopening remains on track as Covid-19 vaccination rates climb. While rising inflation has become a concern, the spike in prices looks transitory so far. Ultimately, we still like the pandemic recovery trade that favours equities over bonds, the value factor over the growth factor and non-US stocks over US stocks. 

Key market themes

February 16, 2021

Family offices can act as reliable providers of direct company equity and debt funding to successful private businesses who are finding it difficult to find sustainable sources of efficiently priced capital  from institutional providers currently caught up with responding to Covid liquidity requirements for public companies and governmental agencies. 

Family offices can act as reliable providers of direct company equity and debt funding to successful private businesses who are finding it difficult to find sustainable sources of efficiently priced capital  from institutional providers currently caught up with responding to Covid liquidity requirements for public companies and governmental agencies.

November 30, 2020

Johnny Hon, founder and executive chairman of venture capital firm Global Group International Holdings, has pursued success in business as a route to giving back. He explains why philanthropy is important to him and what he has learnt along the way.

Johnny Hon, founder and executive chairman of venture capital firm Global Group International Holdings, has pursued success in business as a route to giving back. He explains why philanthropy is important to him and what he has learnt along the way.

October 13, 2020

The volatility throughout this global pandemic has served as a blunt reminder of the vulnerability of our financial system to global shocks. Having spent 35 years in the private equity space, I have witnessed numerous economic cycles, but this downturn appears to be unique.

The volatility throughout this global pandemic has served as a blunt reminder of the vulnerability of our financial system to global shocks. Having spent 35 years in the private equity space, I have witnessed numerous economic cycles, but this downturn appears to be unique.

As we move further along the dreaded “second wave”, the main issue paralysing the finance sector is uncertainty. Concern over when consumer and investor confidence will return is widespread—and unfortunately, there is no immediate end in sight.

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