Those who inherit significant fortunes are clearly going to have certain advantages. However, they also have extraordinary responsibilities with regard to wealth preservation.
We have a powerful source of asset erosion built into the economic system. In the United States we have an estate tax, and at the time of this writing it carries a 40% maximum rate. Every time a given generation passes along wealth to the next this 40% levy is potentially applied.
There is an exclusion, but right now it sits at $5.25 million. That may sound like a lot of money to some people, but if you are in possession of tens of millions, hundreds of millions, or billions of dollars it is next to nothing relatively speaking.
A recent article that is published on the Wall Street Journal website talks about the evaporation of large inheritances. By the end of the third generation on average only 10% of an original family fortune remains.
It is true that some people make very bad financial decisions that contribute to the above statistic. Market conditions are certainly going to be a factor as well. However, when you are faced with recurring estate tax levies generation in and generation out you’re going to be hard-pressed to retain control of the family wealth.
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