There’s nothing illegal about what these executives did. In fact, the Facebook registration statement and others that FORBES examined read like a playbook of how the ultra-rich and even the moderately wealthy can operate within the law to transfer vast sums and preserve assets–from the tax man and from creditors.
Okay, I’ll admit it, I’ve already reported on this story once but it makes me smile to see young billionaires engaged in such savvy planning, especially given the fact that their plan is one I recommended to a client about 4 years ago just as his business was about to “go public” and all he could do was complain about the cost of the plan. This is cosmic justice; my version of “I told you so”.
In case you missed it, there is something of a renewed technology boom underway. While the stars (read: Mark Zuckerberg, et al) of this boom seem to be ever younger, they are demonstrating some old-souls when it comes to planning and structuring their current tax minimization and wealth transfer maximization.
In a sense, planning for and about wealth is always also planning about the future; that’s an important point even for those who already are “wealthy.” To glean some lessons from the rising technology stars, tap into a recent list of steps you can take, featured in a Forbes article aptly titled You Don't Have To Be A Billionaire To Plan Like One.
I recommend clicking over to the original article, but the main takeaway is that classical “personal finance” is working hand in hand with classical “estate planning” in so many of these steps and “tricks.”
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Reference: Forbes (April 3, 2011) “You Don't Have To Be A Billionaire To Plan Like One”