The ultra-high-net-worth businesses surveyed in the report have interests valued at a minimum of $300 million and had already successfully transitioned from the first to at least the second generation. The majority of these family businesses have wealth transfer plans in place and yet most of these plans have lapsed. A majority (89%) of these wealthy business owners were "very" or "extremely concerned" about protecting the family's wealth but nearly three quarters (73%) of them do not have asset protection plans in place.
Most of the business owners are also very worried about personal security, believing that their level of wealth makes them a target. The survey also found that while most had many stresses which affect their personal and professional lives, overall 64% of the affluent family business owners are personally very happy with their lives. The study did find that those who consider themselves "highly centered" are overall in a much better place in life and the report found that one of the best ways to protect the family fortune is actually to manage stress in a positive way.