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The Family Dynamics

Family Governance: a priority 

At Richter Family Office, our work is not just about portfolio construction and asset management, it’s about getting to know the people at the center of all the numbers, issues and assets. It’s about identifying a family’s objectives and core values and working together to achieve their goals guided by their principles. Our job is to participate in the whole story, not just one narrative.

“There’s a lot of value in telling the family history. In most cases this wealth was not created suddenly. By describing that journey of how the business started, grew and encountered difficulties, the patriarch and matriarch can explain how they managed both the company and the family. There’s a lot of learning for the next generation there” Mindy Mayman, Partner, Richter Family Office.

The UBS and Campden Wealth Global Family Office Report 2018 identifies five top governance priorities for families of significant means. They are:

5 top family governance priorities: communication between family office and family members 61%; education of family members regarding family office activities 50%; educating family members to become responsible shareholders 44%; implement a succession plan 43%; establish a family legacy 29%

Family enterprises are complex systems, whether their structure includes an operating family business or stakeholders in a large passive investment corporation. It’s in this environment that the intersection between financial wealth and family intersect, and conflict can arise. Having worked with generations of business families through their own unique transitions, we recognize the need to have proper continuity planning in place to ensure that all stakeholders can have a voice in the stewardship of a family legacy. Governance is a key component that allows a framework for open communication among family members and forms the basis of trust and respect.

For most families, a successful legacy is simply ensuring that each member is supported in their quest to succeed. Helping lay the foundation for future family members to be their own wealth creators – be that financial, intellectual, or social wealth – provides members with a purpose and builds self-esteem. It also helps encourage harmony with the family unit.

Working to develop a governance system that addresses the root causes of entitlement and self-righteousness means setting the stage for wealth accumulation across generations and seeks to break the curse of “shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations.”


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Financial Education

Financial education is the key to being able to make sound investment decisions and provides the foundation upon which families can ensure a lasting legacy. Richter Family Office spends a tremendous amount of time educating its clients and their children to ensure that they are empowered to understand the complexities of their wealth and have the capacity to make well-informed decisions in their own right. As part of its commitment in this area, Richter and Richter Family Office have created bespoke seminars for our families to provide them with a deeper understanding into the areas of:

  • Investment management and financial markets
  • Financial Planning and cash management
  • Financial statement analysis
  • Tax planning and structuring
  • Basic legal concepts and frameworks
  • Philanthropy
  • Family Governance and Values

Successful multi-generational wealth transfer is not simply about the tax efficient transition of wealth, but also the transition of knowledge and family values.


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Richter Family Office

We understand that the transfer of your wealth to future generations is about far more than just the dollars and cents. It’s about the transition of your legacy.