Course Contents and Methodology


Family Offices


Since the king’s steward managed the royal wealth in the VI century, the aristocracy established the concept of stewardship (regent, governor) that exists today. 

In 1838, the family of financier and art collector J.P. Morgan founded the House of Morgan to manage the family assets. In 1882, the Rockefeller founded their own family office, which is still in existence and provides services to other families.

Essentially private wealth management firms, set up to look after the finances of high net worth individuals and their individuals, are one of the fastest-growing investment vehicles in the world today

There is no registry of FO, but it is estimated that there are more than 3,000 single family offices in existence globally 

Functional roles

Family offices can perform a variety of following functional roles, depending on the size of the family and the specific needs.

Often times, one or several of these services can be outsourced to third parties, with the family office taking the coordinator role and ultimate entity responsible for the family’s financial well being.

The roles of the family office usually include common ones involving investing and financial management, but often the extend beyond those to include cultural aspects, dispute resolution, concierge services, the education of future generations and philanthropy.

The technological age is also bringing new roles to the Family Office, to assist the family manage its on-line presence and ensure proper policies to avoid cyber-threats.

Extending the concept of risk management, the Family Office often undertakes the insurance and retirement needs of its members.

Family Office Functions

Financial management

  • Investment management
  • Reporting and record keeping 
  • Managing wealth transfers 
  • Life management and budgeting

Strategic planning

  • Business and finance advice 
  • Strategic estate planning 
  • Succession planning 
  • Educational planning 

Administrative support

  • Philanthropic management 
  • Concierge services
  • Management and operation of properties
  • Other administrative work 

Advisory role

  • Tax and legal advice 
  • Compliance and regulation
  • Risk management



Family Office Course

This course discusses in great detail all the functional roles of the family office, and the operational and compliance elements for the optimal set up of a modern and effective organization.

Topics Covered:

  • How to create the Family Office
  • Stakeholder’s analysis
  • Family Office services
  • Estate Planning
  • Succession Planning
  • Investment Products
  • Governance
  • Risk Management
  • Education, culture and legacy

Practical discussions:

The course offers an interactive element where situations and theoretical cases are discussed:

  • The sports person office: Cristiano Rolando and Lionel Messi
  • Optimizing Investments
  • Technology review and solutions

Access the Course Reading Room

Here you can find all lecture notes, lecture videos, a curated YouTube video library as well as other documentation which may prove useful for the course and to set up and operate a successful family office.

Access is restricted to subscribers and students enrolled in the program.