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Fine Wine Flows into Alternative Asset Portfolios

Fine Wine Flows into Alternative Asset Portfolios

Aug 14. 2019
Family offices and institutional investors often add alternative assets to their portfolios in an effort to diversify. However, truly unconventional assets remain the purview of niche investors. Vintage cars, land with water rights, and copyright royalties are so far from the mainstream that they thread the line between hobby and investment. One niche alternative asset class that has been slowly flowing into the mainstream is fine wine.

This Family Office Wants to Solve Global Plastic Crisis: Q&A With Samuel Mikail

This Family Office Wants to Solve Global Plastic Crisis: Q&A With Samuel Mikail

Aug 9. 2019
Plastic is as indestructible as it is ubiquitous. The substance’s low production costs and exceptional resistance to biodegradation has led to immense accumulation in our environment. Now, the issue has reached crisis proportions. The world has produced 6.4 billion tons of plastic since it was invented in the 1950s. Only 9% has been recycled and 12% has been incinerated over that period, leaving the rest to linger in the environment, according to The Economist. Scientists estimate that 90% of sea creatures have at least some plastic debris in their bodies and the total volume of plastic in the oceans will exceed marine life by 2050, according to data published in the General and Comparative Endocrinology journal.

Investing in Middle Market Real Estate: Q&A With Kingbird’s Ken Munkacy

Investing in Middle Market Real Estate: Q&A With Kingbird’s Ken Munkacy

Aug 1. 2019
Family office investments in real estate have traditionally focused on either top-tier luxury real estate or entry-level affordable housing located in major cities. Kingbird Investment Management, the real estate subsidiary of Puerto Rico-based Grupo Ferré Rangel–a century old, family-owned investment holding company–sees this as an opportunity to bet on workforce and student housing in overlooked cities with less competition.

Using Crowdfunding to Expand a 154-Year-Old Family Brand: Q&A with Mezcal El Tinieblo’s CEO

Using Crowdfunding to Expand a 154-Year-Old Family Brand: Q&A with Mezcal El Tinieblo’s CEO

July 23. 2019
The Perez-Salinas family has managed their 9,000 acre ranch in Northern Mexico by staying true to traditions that have been passed down over generations. Working with 11 local families, the company cultivates over a million agave plants to produce mezcal, a distilled agave-based liquor, under the El Tinieblo brand that dates back to 1865.

The Journey of Backstage’s Arlan Hamilton: Homeless to Venture Capitalist

The Journey of Backstage’s Arlan Hamilton: Homeless to Venture Capitalist

July 23. 2019
Among the Silicon Valley venture capital community, Arlan Hamilton is entirely unique. It could even be said that she’s the only African-American, gay, female venture capitalist on the planet. However, these weren’t the only barriers to Hamilton’s entry into the startup world. When she launched Backstage Capital in 2015, she was broke and homeless. “It was me and my backpack, going to conferences and meeting people, sleeping in cars—doing whatever I could to meet with them face to face because I had to play ball,” Hamilton told the Los Angeles Times, while she was trying to raise another $36 million fund.

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