In January 1982, former United States Secretary of the Treasury William Simon and a group of investors acquired Gibson Greetings, a producer of greeting cards, for $80 million, of which only $1 million was rumored to have been contributed by the investors. By mid-1983, just sixteen months after the original deal, Gibson completed a $290 million IPO and Simon made approximately $66 million (a 66x return on their original investment). The success of the Gibson Greetings investment attracted the attention of the wider media to the nascent boom in leveraged buyouts and heralded the age of private equity as an asset class.
In this week’s blog post, I discuss the estate plan review and mapping and summarizing legal entities when assessing the family office baseline. This information will be used to explore and determine the practical needs of a family when considering a family office structure.
In this week’s blog, I interview Barbara Hauser, a leading family governance expert who has worked with some of the most complex families from around the globe. Barbara shares some of her insights from working with families from many different cultures.