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In this report

The entrepreneurs and philanthropy edition: Sean Parker, Napster co-founder and former Facebook president, shakes up the world of cancer research. Also: Palestine’s tech, charity in Asia, and Mexico’s billionaires

Sean Parker: Hacker philanthropy

Sean Parker in his New York apartment
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The Napster creator on what billionaires should do to launch scientific breakthroughs

What Lehman Brothers staff did next

The ill-fated bank’s entrepreneurial culture survives in new businesses

Guillermo and Iker Echeverría with their Vuhl 05
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Talent hunters

FT writers talk to six up-and-coming start-ups from around the world to determine what makes for a successful business

Peak district

A new and younger generation of Chinese entrepreneurs have created great wealth for themselves — and now wish to give back

British Royalty, picture: circa 1895, Queen Victoria of Great Britain
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The Rich Column: Temporal paradox

Much of 21st century life might disconcert Victoria

Low lying clouds descend upon buildings in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on March 23, 2016

The Ideas Column: Shoe box living

Tempering the rush to buy property in Hong Kong

Android robot sitting with a tablet computer

Wealth management industry in disruption

The clients of tomorrow want an app-based adviser service

Equities: Hold the front page

Who has better access to research reports?

Henry Ford (1863-1947), American industrialist known for his revolutionary assembly-line process for factory production and the Model-T automobile

Ambitious Wealth: Heirs will be heirs

The philanthropist’s natural desire to see their wishes carried out is hardly unique to one side of the political spectrum

The Frieze art fair in Regent's Park
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Art Collecting: Young money, old masters

The younger generation is less interested in classifications and more interested in the story

Foundations: The easy way to charity

Stelios Haji-Ioannou finds an easy way to give

Venture philanthropy: a hands-on approach

Millennials more motivated by the impact of their giving than by any sense of social cachet

Ubuntu Education Fund: Funding without strings

The fund helping children in Port Elizabeth’s townships

Missions made possible

Foundations start tapping into their endowments

Down but not out

How Mexico’s billionaires are dealing with the floundering peso

Palestinian territories: Rocky soil for start-ups

Much of the Arab world’s current innovation in technology is indeed coming from the Levant

Book review: ‘The Devil’s Riches’, by Jared Poley

Has greed ever been good?

Investment focus: US presidential election

The hostility of candidates towards free trade is a source of particular uncertainty

From the editor: Private matters made public

Security considerations can be critical for the wealthy, as can a need to avoid rows over succession

March 2016

Masters of art detection

The art market faces rocky times as Chinese collectors are showing signs of hesitancy

Book review: The Hidden Wealth of Nations

Daniel Ben-Ami review’s Gabriel Zucman’s analysis of the world of offshore financial centres

Art of discovery

Uncovering lost old masters is a passion for one connoisseur

Asian tycoons seek opportunities in western markets

Investors are using a variety of ways to cope with the Chinese economy and the ‘enemy within’

Loutfy Mansour — the rising son

The Cairo-born 33-year-old heads his $6bn family business’s investment arm, Man Capital

Family fortunes

Although shy of the limelight, the immensely wealthy Reimanns are bold in business

The trouble with legacies

To put one’s name on a building makes a future demand on history

The recline and fall of antique furniture

This alternative asset for the super-rich has proved a terrible financial investment in recent years

Vanity virus cures medical fund gap

Naming incentives and online crowdsourcing are innovations being looked at to grow donations

Private foundations — the charitable impulse

What lies behind the evolution of this vast and sophisticated philanthropic force?

Rescue mission

Struggling UK families are being served by social supermarkets

Investment passions: rare books

Books as physical objects have a charm and can be such a deep pleasure

Family offices: cultivating lasting legacies

Culture is equally as important as how a family should invest

Sierra Leone’s rich re-emerge after Ebola

In a city that likes to party, Freetown’s wealthy are hitting the night spots again

China’s private companies under scrutiny

Fosun chief’s short disappearance marks a new stage in the anti-corruption campaign

Financial power and politics questioned

Jane Mayer’s ‘Dark Money’ is an exhaustive study of the Koch brothers’ attempt to influence public opinion. Review by Daniel Ben-Ami

Crude vs extra virgin oil

What would oil magnate JR Ewing of ‘Dallas’ do today?

Entrepreneurs step in to help the refugees

Many legitimate private businesses are seeing a way to care for migrants

Rise of the robo-advisers

Voice apps and robots to revolutionise investments

The personal touch is best

Where should you start when looking for a financial adviser

Investment focus: Oil on the slide

Investment banks have forecast that slowing demand from China will help drive prices to $20 a barrel