Francois Botha

I believe that the next generation of family leaders need new, simple tools and trusted advisors with a fresh outlook.
Family Office Strategy Advisor

Francois is the founder of Simple. He comes from an academic background that lies in strategic business- & brand management, but more importantly, he grew up and worked in a family-owned luxury travel business in Cape Town, South Africa.

Francois knows firsthand the unique dynamics inherent in working with family members and want to help other family-owned firms make the most of their strong points while skirting common problem areas faced by family offices.

He’s also a Senior Contributor to Forbes, writing a weekly column on family office strategy, and is a frequent speaker at wealth management, FinTech and related events and conferences.

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Venture philanthropy vs impact investing: How to align impact and philanthropy
Venture philanthropy vs impact investing: How to align impact and philanthropy
Impact

Impact investing and philanthropy are not necessarily on opposite sides of the scale. However, understanding the differences can ultimately make or break the success of any particular investment.

Cryptocurrency's rise in family office investment considerations
Cryptocurrency's rise in family office investment considerations
Investments

The meteoric rise of digital assets, and Bitcoin in particular, is undeniable. But what role can this cryptocurrency play in a family office portfolio?

What we can learn about family business succession through a famous feud
What we can learn about family business succession through a famous feud
Next Generation

Known as the family behind a behemoth entertainment and broadcast empire, the Murdochs appear as something of a TV drama themselves. We're going beyond the tabloid headlines to find out what this famous feud means for Rupert Murdoch's legacy and the succession of his family business.

Deciding on family office software? Here are 4 steps to take first.
Deciding on family office software? Here are 4 steps to take first.
Digital

In today's digital world, it's never been easier to streamline business operations through the use of intelligent software. Deciding which software is right for your family office can feel daunting, but it doesn't have to be. Here are 4 easy steps to take that will make choosing software a much simpler process.

Why purpose-led investments require long-term thinking
Why purpose-led investments require long-term thinking
Impact

For family offices, aligning investments to a greater purpose is more relevant now than ever before. In the current tough economic times, these investments need people who understand their values. We explore why aligning investments to values affords investors a longer-term view, making them a better longer-term fit.

Three ways for family offices to attract better investment opportunities
Three ways for family offices to attract better investment opportunities
Investments

Families need to work harder to attract the best people, partners and investment opportunities. With family offices gaining in popularity, this means that on various levels families will soon need to up their game. Here are three tips to help.

How the largest family offices preserve wealth through generations
How the largest family offices preserve wealth through generations
Next Generation

Wealth management within one lifespan is already challenging. Making sure that it will both last and continue to grow for future one's lifetimes, is a complicated task that requires expertise. Still, there is no reason why future generations' wealth should come under threat each time generational change is on the horizon.

Multigenerational wealth preservation: What you need to know
Multigenerational wealth preservation: What you need to know
Next Generation

By a general estimation, 90% of affluent families tend to lose a large portion of their wealth by the third generation. By considering the potential threats to family wealth and taking appropriate preventative measures, the risk of wealth erosion can be mitigated. Here are five key factors that often serve as the foundation for wealth erosion and the steps family offices can take to preserve multi-generational wealth.

Why your family business should become a generalist
Why your family business should become a generalist
Foresight

Family businesses are built with a core vision that, which has continuity, renewal, longevity, and legacy of the enterprise in mind. These visions are oftentimes built around a specific competency or industry which is intimately tied to a family's identity. But in an ever-changing marketplace, how might family businesses embrace generalism for strategic advantage?

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