Facts & Figures

Family Business Stats

How many family-owned businesses survive the transition to the “next generation?

  • Research shows us that approximately, only 30 percent of all family-owned businesses survive into the second generation and only 12 percent will be survive into the third generation. Surprisingly, only 3 percent of all family businesses operate at the fourth generation and beyond. Therefore, making it to the 4th generation is very rare.



Why do businesses fail during transitions?

  • Of the 70% of businesses that fail to transition successfully; 60% fail due to problems with communication and trust. 25% fail due to a lack of preparation from the next generation. 15% fail from all other issues (e.g. poor tax or financial planning, legal advice, etc.) Therefore, roughly 85 percent of business transitions fail due to a lack of communication, trust or next generation competency. JSA Advising, LLC specializes in helping businesses in each of these three areas. Source: Williams and Preisser, 2003


Do family-owned/operated businesses tend to outperform publically owned businesses?

According to a Business Week article, family companies tend to outperform non-family companies for the following reasons:

1. Long-term development, training and retention of leaders.
2. Tight-knit family members can move quicker than bureaucracies.
3. Invest in employee loyalty to increase productivity and reduce turnover.
4. Reinvest in the company with a long-term perspective.
5. Governance by people with an emotional and financial investment.


Why is this important to our economy?

  • More than of all business enterprises in the United States are family owned or Privately held.
  • of senior generation family business shareholders have not completed any estate planning other than writing a will, want the business to stay in the family, and are not confident of the next generation’s commitment to the business.
  • In the next years, 30% of family-owned firms will experience a change in leadership due to retirement or semi-retirement.
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Uunless otherwise noted, the source of these statistics is the Unversity of North Carolina: