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 to present at the 2014 Family Firm Institute Global Conference

FFI 2014

This year’s FFI conference Complexities, Constituencies, and Constellations will address 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 will deliver 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 will be on 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

FFI Annual Conference
October 8-11, 2014
Jim wiil be presenting with Dennis Jaffe on adaptations needed in families of wealth and family enterprise.
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.

May 28, 2014
Jim delivered the keynote address at the 2014 conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for fundraising, gift-planning, and financial advisory professionals.

Financial Advisor IQ
May 19, 2014
Jim advises Ways to Get Your Clients Talking in Financial Advisor IQ, a Financial Times service.

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.