This article looks at the experience of the very wealthy family, particularly its members’ growth and development in relating to their wealth and its role in their lives. We will look at how various origins of wealth can be a source of internal conflict, how individuals struggle to come to terms with great wealth, and how the quality of their adjustment can influence what happens with the money. This life experience looms large over many areas— financial choices, how individuals face issues
of inheritance and succession in their families, and how people raise their children. In under- standing these issues, an advisor can help clients and their families move toward a more satis- fying and productive relationship with wealth, something that is often missing in the lives of the rich.

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