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.
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.
Q&A with Witter Family Offices CIO Sherry Pryor Witter
May 20 – 24. 2019
Single-family office Witter Family Offices was established in 2011. Over the past decade, co-founders and husband and wife team Sherry and Michael Witter have combined their professional money management skills with their ambitious philanthropic efforts to create an efficient model for sustaining and sharing their wealth.
John Paulson Could Have His Own Family Office Soon
According to a report by Bloomberg, John Paulson has segregated his personal assets from the hedge fund he founded 25 years ago. This could be an indication that Paulson is restructuring the firm as a family office and spinning off the core advisory operations into a separate entity. ...READ MORE
James Murdoch: Birth of a Mega Family Office
Image Credit: NRKbeta [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)] The Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox has unleashed billions in liquidity for the Murdoch family. Patriarch Rupert Murdoch’s six children could each receive...READ MORE