Helping Families and Advisors with the Complexities of Wealth

Dr. Jim Grubman of FamilyWealth Consulting is an internationally recognized consultant, speaker, and educator in the multidisciplinary field of wealth counseling. He works with affluent families and their advisors to understand the many ways that wealth and life can be integrated successfully.

Using skills developed as a psychologist for over 30 years, he helps individuals and families work through the natural dilemmas of acquired or inherited wealth. He also teaches, trains, and collaborates with the important advisors in clients` lives. The goal - to help those with good fortune achieve their greatest potential.


Strangers in Paradise: How Families Adapt to Wealth Across Generations

Jim Grubman's long-awaited publication Strangers in Paradise: How Families Adapt To Wealth Across Generations is now available at Based upon the groundbreaking insights first outlined with colleague Dr. Dennis Jaffe, the book explores in depth the similarities between newcomers to wealth and the journeys of ethnic immigrants to new lands. It also outlines the important steps families must take in raising well-balanced, responsible, and strong inheritors (“natives of the Land of Wealth”). Through concepts and human stories, the book explains how the key process for families of wealth – like all immigrant families – is adaptation. 


Current Activities

 Jim Grubman and Dennis Jaffe presentation at the 2014 Family Firm Institute Global Conference

FFI 2014

2014's FFI conference Complexities, Constituencies, and Constellations addressed the problems of complexity, the power of constituencies, and the constellation of socio-cultural forces exerting themselves across the field of family enterprise. As thought leaders in family enterprise consultation and research, Jim Grubman and Dennis Jaffe delivered an interactive presentation on The Complex Role of Culture in the Lives of Successful Families: Helping Generations Adapt to Family Wealth. The focus of the presentation was understanding the economic, ethnic and generational factors a family enterprise must navigate across time, ultimately fostering a balance of “Me” vs. “We” in families. 

Jim Grubman Quoted in latest Malcolm Gladwell Book

Malcom Gladwell's best-selling book David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants cites the metaphor of "Immigrants and Natives" to wealth first articulated by Jim Grubman and Dennis Jaffe. Gladwell's book quotes Jim about how acquirers of wealth must change their approach to parenting, and how difficult that can be without guidance. The book provides examples of how starting off in adversity helps wealth creation, and how being raised with the comforts of wealth can inhibit success for some inheritors.

The book also discussed other seeming disadvantages like dyslexia which can - for some highly motivated individuals - create conditions that develop skills for success. For a deeper look at the beneifts and challenges of ADHD and learning disorders for entrepreneurs, read the article Whirlwinds and Wealth by Jim Grubman and Jerome Schultz.

Upcoming Events and Media

Fusion Collaboration
March 19-20, 2015
The first annual Fusion Collaboration in Orlando FL will combine technical and behavioral aspects of estate planning, philanthropy and wealth management. Jim will provide a keynote address and participate on several panel discussions as well as present on the Financial Skills Trust.
TIGER21 Forum
February 20, 2015
Jim will lead a session on family dynamics at the annual TIGER21 conference in Palm Beach FL.
Interview on NPR
February 13, 2015
1:30PM EST
Jim will be interviewed by United Capital financial advisor Steve Pomeranz on his weekly financial NPR radio show, “On The Money!” 
 Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta
February 5, 2015
Jim will discuss current concepts about successful families of wealth and raising affluent children responsibly.
United Capital Financial Advisers – Executive Summit
January 12-13, 2015
Jim will do a keynote address clarifying important aspects of fee discussions and pricing models for the client relationship.
Abbot Downing Client Event
August 14-15, 2014
Jim presented the keynote address at the Abbot Downing annual client forum as well as panel participation with other prominent experts in the field.

Purposeful Planning Institute

Pre-Conference Workshop for Advisors

July 30, 2014
Jim conducted a pre-conference workshop on using the cultural model of wealth with clients at the PPI Rendezvous.

Client Events in Asia
May 17-23, 2014
Jim presented in Hong Kong and Singapore for a major financial institution on the concepts from his latest book.