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03.04.2020

[eNews] The Untapped Academic Field of Family Offices

In the latest edition of Biz@HKUST, we take an insider’s look at some of the best-known family business leaders and learn about how their family offices were first set up and managed today.  

Three of these stories come from members of our School Advisory Council. Michael JEBSEN, Council Chairman and Chairman of Jebsen Group, believes that hiring outside parties to manage a family office is the key to success. Vincent LO, Chairman of Shui On Group, is a strong believer in developing a viable family constitution early in the process. Sukanto TANOTO, Chairman of RGE Group, affirms his family office played a crucial role in building his legacy and delivering a plan for his family and business.

Other stories come from members of two families well-known for their long-standing commitment of giving back to society. Ronnie CHAN, Chairman of Hang Lung Group, recognizes that families should give away their wealth, and consequently looks at the roles of family offices in a different way. Lawrence CHAN, the former CEO of Park Lane Hotels International and Founder of the Seal of Love Charitable Foundation, uses his family office to transfer his personal values and “do good” for society.

Along with the interviews, the magazine includes a series of articles written by our faculty. Professor Winnie PENG, Director of the Tanoto Center for Asian Family Business and Entrepreneurship Studies, outlines the trends of family offices in Asia. Professor Roger KING, Founder of the Center, talks about what Chinese family offices can learn from their Jewish counterparts. Our Head of Finance Department Professor Chu ZHANG explains why the topic of family office is an important new area for academic research. Additional articles from the same department shed light on different aspects. Professor Veronique LAFON-VINAIS welcomes the opportunity to partner with family businesses and family offices to address their needs in terms of skills, networking, and more. Professor Entela BENZ-SALIASI encourages family offices to play a more active role in addressing climate risks.

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