Single Family Office (SFO) VS Multi Family Office (MFO)

Single Family Office (SFO) VS Multi Family Office (MFO)

A family office is a private wealth management advisory firm that serves ultra-high-net-worth (UHNW) individuals or families. It provides a wide range of services tailored to the specific needs of the wealthy clients, including investment management, financial planning, tax management, estate planning, philanthropic planning, and other personalized services.

Family offices are typically established by families with substantial wealth to centralize and manage their financial affairs efficiently. They aim to preserve and grow the family's wealth over multiple generations while also addressing the complex financial needs and objectives of family members.

Structures for succession planning, like trusts or foundations for the family assets, may be necessary for family-run organisations. Owing to the intricacy of these circumstances, clients can make use of a family office to assist with wealth management and interest alignment.


Single-family offices and multi-family offices (MFOs) are the two common definitions of family offices. Single-family offices cater to a single, extremely wealthy household. MFOs and conventional methods of private wealth management are more similar. They aim to expand their clientele in order to grow their business.

Let’s delve into the main difference between these two structures:





Client Base Scope

Serves only one ultra-high-net-worth (UHNW) family

Serves the financial needs of multiple UHNW families

Client Focus and Structure

Dedicated exclusively to managing the financial affairs of that single family

Typically established as a firm or entity that pools the resources of several wealthy families to provide shared services

Service Offerings Diversity

Provides comprehensive wealth management solutions, including investment management, financial planning, tax optimization, estate planning, philanthropic advising, and administrative support

Offers a range of standardized and customizable services to meet the needs of multiple client families

Wealth Management

Operates with a focus on preserving and growing the wealth of the single family over multiple generations

Provides economies of scale by sharing resources and costs among multiple families, potentially leading to cost efficiencies

Control and Customization

Allows for maximum control and confidentiality over the family's financial affairs.

May have less customization compared to a single family office, as services are often tailored to meet the common needs of multiple families rather than individual preferences. At the same time, offers networking opportunities and the sharing of best practices among client families.





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