CHAPTER 1The Wealth Management Challenge

The United States has always been the land of opportunity. Nearly anyone with a good idea and considerable drive can find a way to begin a business, nurture it, watch it grow, and hope to pass it on to children and grandchildren. In fact, it's estimated that 80 percent of American businesses are closely held or family enterprises the owners have built for themselves and succeeding generations.

How many of today's entrepreneurs put their names on the door and expect the business to fail? Probably none, but if they were to return to Earth within two generations, in most cases they would find that not only was the family name gone from the door, but also that the business itself had failed. According to ...

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