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Wealth of Wisdom

The Top 50 Questions Wealthy Families Ask


Wealth of Wisdom offers essential guidance and tools to help high net worth families successfully manage significant wealth.

By compiling the 50 most common questions wealthy families ask, this book provides a compendium of knowledge from experts around the globe and across disciplines.

The deep insights and thoughtful answers in the book will help you make more informed decisions about your financial legacy. The advice and practical tools will help you get organized, develop a strategy and take real control of your family's wealth. And the many examples, stories and case studies will show you how other families have handled the very dilemmas you may be facing today.

Managing significant family wealth is a complex affair, and successfully navigating the route involves making critical decisions. This book equips you to take positive action, be proactive and make the tough decisions to protect and grow your family's wealth.

  • Ensure your family’s financial success and legacy
  • Access insights and examples from leading experts
  • Adopt the most useful tools and strategies for wealth and family management
  • Learn how other families have successfully navigated common dilemmas

When your family's wealth is at stake, knowledge and sound advice is critical. Drawn from interactions with hundreds of wealthy individuals and their advisors, Wealth of Wisdom provides a definitive resource of practical solutions to the important questions of family and wealth from the best minds in the world.

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EPISODE 37: Lee Hausner – How Can You Avoid the Negative Impacts of Giving Money to Family Members?

Lee Hausner is one of the leaders in the field of family wealth and business. In this conversation with Keith Whitaker she shares insight on what makes families thrive, when parents should consider telling their children about wealth and how, when parents should begin giving their children access to family funds, and how to manage the question of giving fairly versus equally to the rising generation. She also offers practical direction on using family meetings to communicate and manage the family’s affairs.

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EPISODE 36: Doug Baumoel – Should You Stay Together as a Family or Go Your Separate Ways?

When should a family call it quits and go their separate ways? How can a family even think about this painful question? In this podcast, Keith Whitaker speaks with family business consultant Doug Baumoel about these fundamental questions, ones that, from time to time, any family that is managing a business or wealth together have to face. Doug reviews the concept of the ‘family factor’, which measures a family’s ability to navigate change together, based on shared history, shared vision, and trust. He also talks about ways to raise, in a productive manner, the question of whether to stay together or not, and he shares examples in which families actually found ways to separate without mutually-assured destruction.

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EPISODE 35: Thayer Willis – What Are the Key Considerations in Crafting Your Legacy?

Business, wealth, family, and life itself all have a way of drawing our attention away from what matters most to what matters now, from the important to the urgent. In this episode, Tom talks to Thayer Willis whose chapter answers the question: What are the key considerations in crafting your legacy? Thayer offers a path to answering that question for yourself. It begins with identifying and clarifying your values, determining how you can better exemplify your values and priorities, and examples of specific ways to talk about these important issues with your heirs.

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About the Authors

Tom McCullough

Tom McCullough is Chairman and CEO of Northwood Family Office, a leading global multifamily office based in Toronto. He has spent over 35 years in the wealth management/family office field, initially in senior executive roles with RBC Wealth Management. Tom co-founded Northwood Family Office in 2003 and it has become one of the leaders in its field.

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Keith Whitaker

Keith Whitaker is President of Wise Counsel Research. He has consulted for many years with leaders of enterprising families, helping them plan succession, develop next generation talent, and communicate around estate planning. With a background in education and philanthropy, he enables family leaders to better understand their values and goals as well as to have a positive impact on the world around them.

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