One-Percenters Want to Buy the Corner Bakery

It’s not unusual for America’s wealthiest individuals to invest through angel groups or sit on boards at venture capital firms. But these days the superrich also want to own and operate small companies where their deep pockets and powerful networks can create growth, says Mindy Rosenthal, executive director of the Institute for Private Investors in New York, whose membership consists of 1,100 investors, each with minimum investible assets of $30 million. Four in 10 member families have assets of $200 million or more.

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