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2019 BNP Paribas Global Entrepreneur Report: deep-dive into the investments of the most successful entrepreneurs

The fifth edition of the BNP Paribas Wealth Management Global Entrepreneur Report unveils the preferred private investments of the most successful international entrepreneurs - the Elite Entrepreneurs - and the trends shaping their portfolio allocation choices.

Key take-aways:

  1. Equities are Elite Entrepreneurs’ top portfolio choice: responding enthusiastically to rising stock markets, they invested more in equities (20,2%).
  2. 85% of Elite Entrepreneurs actively support other entrepreneurs through private investments into high-potential companies. HNW business owners favor private equity (63% have used PE investment vehicles). The most enthusiastic advocates of private investments are Millennials, who are twice as likely as Baby Boomers to have invested in venture capital funds, start-ups or to hold angel investments.
  3. Technology comes out as the top growth catalyst for future investments: 55% of Elite Entrepreneurs currently invest in tech companies, more than any other sector. The appetite for tech is most voracious in Belgium (79%), India (74%) and Singapore (70%).
  4. Responsible investing is a top five growth sector especially for the wealthiest: 37% of UHNWs believe responsible investing represents one of the most promising opportunities for the coming five years: Sustainable & Responsible Investments (SRIs) are ranked second for their investment potential. Those based in China, the UK and Spain are the most convinced.

Vincent Lecomte, co-CEO of BNP Paribas Wealth Management, explained: “We already knew how Elite Entrepreneurs keep their entrepreneurial mindset when it comes to their private investments. However, this study demonstrates a clear acceleration: these entrepreneurs want to have an impact through their investments as they have with their company. The rise of private investments and SRIs are a clear consequence of this growing expectation.”

While their search for impact has become more strategic, entrepreneurs are still looking for investment performance.” added Sofia Merlo, co-CEO of BNP Paribas Wealth Management. “We measured that with this year’s unprecedented interest of Elite Entrepreneurs for stock markets. That’s why we continue to invest in our capacity to advise them with our Chief Investment Officers’ network based in the USA, Europe and Asia, leveraging a selection of 10 annual investment themes.”

The research methodology, powered by Scorpio Partnership, involved an online survey programme with 2,763 multi-millionaire entrepreneurs in 23 countries, representing a total net worth of USD 16 billion.

Notes to editors

BNP Paribas Wealth Management is a leading global private bank and the largest private bank in the Eurozone. Present in three hubs in Europe, Asia and the US, over 6,800 professionals provide a private investor clientele with solutions for optimising and managing their assets. The bank has €377 billion worth of assets under management (as at 30/09/2018) and was elected “Best Private Bank for Entrepreneurs” in 2016 and 2017. BNP Paribas Wealth Management leverages all of the Group’s capabilities to help entrepreneurs build a bridge between professional and personal projects at each step of development of their company.

Scorpio Partnership is the leading insight and strategy consultancy to the global Wealth industry, owned by Aon plc. We specialise in understanding high net worth individuals and the financial institutions with which they interact. We have developed four transformational disciplines – SEEK, THINK, SHAPE and CREATE – each designed to enable business leaders to strategically assess, plan and drive growth.These include market research studies, client engagement programmes, brand assessments and business intelligence initiatives.

Scorpio Partnership has conducted more than 450 global assignments across Wealth for institutions in the banking, fund management, family office, law, trust, regulation, technology, insurance and charity sectors. During these assignments, we have interviewed over 100,000 private investors and advisors. Scorpio Partnership is an Aon company. For more information, go to


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Vincent Lecomte

CEO of BNP Paribas Wealth Management

Vincent Lecomte is CEO of BNP Paribas Wealth Management. 

He was most recently Co-CEO of BNP Paribas Wealth Management and prior to that post he served as its Chief Operating Officer (COO).

He joined Paribas’ Securities Services business in France in 1992. In 2005, Lecomte became Deputy Head of the Personal Investors business line and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Cortal Consors, a subsidiary of BNP Paribas. He also spent three years in Germany as Head of the Securities Services business. He held several positions in the consulting field at the beginning of his career.

Lecomte is a graduate of ESCP Europe.