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The startup sectors family offices most like

Here are the sectors family offices most like investing in. The data is from 191 deals done by family and private investment offices over the last six months in venture related businesses.

Biotech was the most popular, receiving 20% of the 191 deals done by family and private investment offices between the start of September 2018 until the end of February 2019.

That was followed by 17% in software, SaaS, and data. Fintech was third on the list with 15%, food/agri-tech received 12%, followed by 10% in transport tech, and 6% each in education tech and artificial intelligence/robotics.

Some of the biggest deals done by family and private investment offices during this six month period include:

Last November, GMS Holdings, an investment group owned by Ghiath Sukhtian, backed with one other investor Stelis Biopharma, an Indian biotech group with $100 million in funding.

In October, two Norwegian family investment groups, Selvaag Invest and Møller Mobility Group, teamed up to back a startup called Urban Sharing, a SaaS-platform for micro-mobility and shared urban infrastructure, with $15.2 million in funding.

Anschutz Investment, the investment holding company of US billionaire entrepreneur Philip Anschutz, invested last November in PlayerLync, which offers wireless tablet-based technology. Anschultz was one of two investors in a Series B funding round worth $12.5 million for the Colorado-based company.  

In November, KCK, the family investment group of Nael Kassar, invested $20 million in IAM Robotics.

In December, Fertitta Capital, the investment firm owned by Lorenzo Joseph Fertitta,  invested $145 million with two other investors in Moonbug, a digital IP platform for pre-schoolers.   

In February, Wheatsheaf Group, a subsidiary of the Grosvenor Estate, which represents the interests of the Grosvenor family, one of UK’s wealthiest, invested with one other $11 million in a wastewater treatment group called Ostara.

In February, BNF Capital, a London-based investment office owned by members of the Anglo-French Perrodo family, co-invested with Sofina, the investment group owned by the Belgian Boël family, and an institutional investor, $82 million into French e-commerce group, Wynd.  

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