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May 9, 2016

Statistics increasingly tout the number of women being considered for leadership roles in US family businesses. But should family businesses be patting themselves on the back for gender equality just yet? 

October 29, 2015

Thirty-five per cent of family office CEOs are female, according to a new report, compared to just 4.6% in the S&P 500.Thirty-five per cent of family office CEOs are female, according to a new report, compared to just 4.6% in the S&P 500.

The diversity of families appears to be reflected in family office personnel – at least when it comes to gender – research from Family Office Exchange (FOX) and US advisory firm Grant Thornton suggests.

In a survey of 112 family offices, 35% were headed by a female chief executive, said the 2015 FOX Family Office Compensation and Benefits Report, compared to 4.6% in the S&P 500. In a release FOX said the gender statistics had been “surprising”.

August 21, 2014

US women are showing a greater interest in alternative investments than men, according to new research, challenging traditional stereotypes that female investors are risk averse.

US women are showing a greater interest in alternative investments than men, according to new research, challenging traditional stereotypes that female investors are risk averse.

According to research by US investment firm MainStay Investments, 60% of women surveyed expect alternatives to become a core part of their portfolio over the next five to 10 years.

By comparison, only 47% of men expect the likes of commodities, private equity, and hedge funds to become a “mainstream” part of their investment holdings over that same period.

July 3, 2014

The world’s largest organisation for female corporate directors has announced it is establishing a family business council to explore how family firms can improve corporate governance.

The world’s largest organisation for female corporate directors has announced it is establishing a family business council to explore how family firms can improve corporate governance.

Women Corporate Directors (WCD) said a growing number of its members, especially those from emerging markets, were requesting in-depth information about family business-specific issues.

January 17, 2014

Hedge funds managed by women consistently outperform their male-led counterparts, but investors have been slow to allocate to them, according to new research.

Hedge funds managed by women consistently outperform their male-led counterparts, but investors have been slow to allocate to them, according to new research.

In Women in alternative investment: A marathon not a sprint, the New York-based financial advisory and research firm Rothstein Kass examined performance of women in the alternative investment industry.

December 25, 2013

Its not easy to join the board of the family business as a woman, especially if you have never worked in the guts of the business, but don't let timidity undermine your role as a decision maker – Dr Shaheena Janjuha-Jivraj has some tips.

Women are increasingly being recruited onto family business boards. This is a good thing. An ever-increasing body of evidence shows that diversity is good for a business. But joining the board of a family business can be a mixed blessing. On the one hand you are at the epicentre of decision-making. On the other, as a woman you may find that you are struggling to assert yourself.

May 29, 2013

Middle East family businesses should avoid the worst excesses of western businesses practices and remain committed to the communities they work in, according to a leading family business advocate and social entrepreneur.

Middle East family businesses should avoid the worst excesses of western businesses practices and remain committed to the communities they work in, according to a leading family business advocate and social entrepreneur.

Badr Jafar, managing director of the family-controlled Crescent Group, made his remarks at a regional meeting of the World Economic Forum in Jordan. Jafar, in a wide- ranging speech on the role of family businesses in the region, said community should be at the heart of the family business in the Middle East.

May 23, 2013

Family businesses are less likely to fail than their non-family counterparts due to low turnover and higher diversity on their boards of directors, a new study published by business schools at three British universities has revealed.

Family businesses are less likely to fail than their non-family counterparts due to low turnover and higher diversity on their boards of directors, a new study published by business schools at three British universities has revealed.

The research found 80% of family businesses have at least one female director, which had a positive impact on business success as more diverse boards were found to produce less conflict.

May 17, 2013

The increasing role of women in executive roles is being heralded as one of the contributing factors to family business success in the Middle East.

The increasing role of women in executive roles is being heralded as one of the contributing factors to family business success in the Middle East, with new PwC figures revealing family businesses in the region are outperforming family businesses globally.

The Global and Middle East Family Business Survey 2012 also said Middle Eastern family businesses had been less affected than their international counterparts by the ongoing global economic situation.

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