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A Global Family Affair

Philanthropic efforts funded by private family wealth—long common in the United States—are on the rise worldwide.

 

On February 4, 2014, in Paris, a first-of-its-kind conference brought together members of various European families who engage actively in philanthropy. Ariane de Rothschild of France and Switzerland, who represents the prominent Rothschild banking dynasty; Alain Merieux of France, who leads one of the world’s foremost biotechnology groups; Cécile Pirzio-Biroli of Belgium, the majority shareholder of AB InBev, the world’s largest brewing company—these and other prominent figures...


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