Wealth Holders Doubt Next Generation Is Ready to Take Over
October 23, 2019 by Michael S. Fischer
Much has been made of the $30 trillion wealth transfer from baby boomers to Gen Xers and millennials. Problem is, many rich families around the world don’t think the next generation is ready to inherit wealth and power, according to a new report.
Forty-seven percent of international families surveyed by Campden Wealth with UBS said their next generation was either somewhat or very unprepared for future succession. And 31% said their heirs were not qualified to manage the family wealth.
Family offices faced other hurdles around succession planning. Thirty-seven percent reported discomfort in discussing sensitive matters, and 33% said the patriarch or matriarch was unwilling to give up control.
At the same time, the study found that 54% of family offices had a succession plan in place, up from 43% a year ago.