New Survey Pinpoints What Keeps Family Businesses Going For Generations

As many families on FORBES’ World’s Billionaires list might admit, one of the trickiest…

Georgia (Apr 23, 2015) — As many families on FORBES’ World’s Billionaires list might admit, one of the trickiest things about business success is maintaining it — especially over generations.


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Family businesses make up as much as 80%-90% of all firms worldwide and the top 500 largest family-owned firms account for a combined $6.5 trillion in annual revenues, a sum that would be the world’s third-largest economy behind only the U.S. and China.

An upcoming survey co-developed by Kennesaw State University’s Cox Family Enterprise Center and EY’s Global Family Business Center of Excellence sheds light on one of the biggest keys to longstanding companies’ everlasting success: They are able to efficiently hand control of the company to the next generation, a task easier said than done.


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