Most wealth is inherited and despite what some say, rarely down to hard work, argues a prominent academic

A new study will only add to the perception that wealth in Europe is all about Old Money, whereas in the US it’s about New Money…

Why this might not be such a good thing…

When you’re tied of London, you’re tied of life – not so for the very wealthy

Billionaire numbers have mushroomed in the last 20 years

Some wealth goes back to the 17th century

He gives one of the best explanations of the importance of the long-term for businesses

The increasing phenomenon of “multiple-family entrepreneurship” and rising life expectancy means that the shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves adage will have little significance

The number of family offices has increased hugely over the past decade as families prefer to take more control of their assets rather than trust private bankers.

A new Chinese list of all the world’s billionaires suggests that many are self-made, but if you look beneath the surface you see that families are well represented.