The 100 Trillion Dollar Wealth Transfer: How the Handover from Boomers to Gen Z Will Revolutionize Capitalism (Hardcover)

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'A valuable exploration of the topic and a thought-provoking read.'
Financial Times

An insider's look into how Generation Z's focus on ethics, climate change and purpose will change capitalism forever.

In the next ten years there will be an unprecedented wealth transfer from the so-called 'baby boomer' generation to the young. Never before will so much money – in housing, land, stocks and cash – be shifted so suddenly from one generation to the next, and never before does the next generation feel so differently about the future of the planet and of capitalism.

Ken Costa works with this new generation and shows how environmental concerns and anxiety about equality and diversity are more than mere slogans; instead they are driving the future of the markets. So many issues stem from the reality of the financial gap between age groups - from cancel culture and fears about wokeness, to generation rent, protest movements and re-evaluations of history around subjects such as empire. Costa also shows how we can build a more inclusive, purposeful capitalism, which shifts focus away from the individual and more towards collaboration, compassion and community.

For readers of Rebecca Henderson's Reimagining Capitalism, and Rutger Bregman's Utopia for Realists, as well as business leaders and tech watchers, this is what the future of capitalism looks like, how our current systems may be upended, and above all how boomers must work with the invigorating and inspiring young, who see their mission not just to increase value for shareholders, but also to save the planet.

About the Author

Ken Costa has been a leading investment banker, author and philanthropist for the last 40 years. Born in South Africa, he was active in the anti-apartheid movement as a student leader in Johannesburg and went on to study law at Queens' College, Cambridge, thereafter becoming Chair of UBS Investment Bank (EMEA) and Lazard International. He is currently chairman of Helios Fairfax, the largest private equity group in Africa. As a supporter of investment in the next generation he chairs Glorify, a meditation app. He is Emeritus Professor of Commerce at Gresham College and was coordinator of the City's response to the Make Poverty History Campaign. He has been a contributor to the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Times and the Daily Telegraph.

For more information about Ken Costa and access to free resources visit

Praise For…

A valuable exploration of the topic and a thought-provoking read.” —Financial Times

Everybody in finance and wealth management should read this book – as soon as possible.” —Alec Marsh, Contributing Editor, Spear's Magazine

Ken Costa's provocative and hope-filled book is for anyone who wants a more inclusive capitalism, but it is especially for the leaders who haven't yet seen the great wealth transfer on the horizon, or who think it won't affect them. Ken not only shows that we are facing the greatest shift in affluence, influence and values between generations that our world has ever seen. He also sets out a vision for capitalising on this moment in order to reset our economy, our societies and our future. It's a manifesto for our times.” —Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever, business leader, campaigner, co-author of Net Positive

“Ken Costa's new book highlights the need for pragmatic cooperation between generations, if we are to shape the future that is already in our hands. The priority of Millennials and Gen Z is no longer amassing as much wealth as possible, but using their influence, values and newly acquired means to end poverty, tackle climate change and create a more equitable society. These may seem like ambitious goals, but I believe human beings are capable of extraordinary things – especially if they learn from the past to chart a clear path for the future with specific policy reform. Costa indicates a sustainable path towards a new form of capitalism, one in which the old and younger generations work in partnership, sharing knowledge and learning from each other, to save our planet.” —Hugh Evans, co-founder and CEO of Global Citizen

““A generation without capital can never be capitalists.” This quote from the book captures well the generation gap that lies at the heart of this timely book that also importantly sets out what can be done about it.” —Linda Yueh, author of The Great Crashes: Lessons from Global Meltdowns and How To Prevent Them

“Ken's insights challenge us to realise the huge wealth shifts, value shifts, technology shifts, and age shifts before us as we face up to the enormous inter-generational transfers from Boomers to Zennials. This book helps us bridge these generational gaps. What really matters is 'CO', as we co-lead our co-llectives to co-create generational trust towards a shared prosperity and destiny that spans generations.” —Professor Michael Mainelli, Chairman, Z/Yen Group, and Sheriff of the City of London 2019-2021

“Ken Costa argues that the great wealth transfer of trillions of dollars from one generation (the Boomers) to the next (the Zennials) may become the defining movement of the 21st century. His book beautifully describes the characteristics of these two generations, and the tensions that have arisen between them and for society. The book is vital reading for anyone who wants to understand more about this momentous financial shift and the dramatic economic and social changes it may trigger. Ken Costa's insights, arising from years of relevant experience, provide not only incisive commentary and thorough analysis, but also fresh and creative ways that we can (indeed he argues, must) work together to solve these huge societal problems. Many of these creative ideas reflect themes which Ken developed while Professor of Commerce at Gresham College. I wholeheartedly recommend this book as a razor-sharp yet compassionate attempt to resolve the clash of generations and to pave the way for what Ken terms a socially energised capitalism fit for the times in which we live.” —Professor Martin Elliott, Provost, Gresham College

As an experienced leader, as well as a trailblazer in forging relationships with younger generations, Ken Costa is uniquely positioned to comment, advise and warn on the historic wealth transfer we've already begun to see.
An illuminating and prophetic exploration, this book convincingly shows how leaders from across the generations must really come together, if we are to thrive as a society as well as a global economy. As Ken Costa shrewdly points out, CO is clearly the way ahead; collaboration, compassion and community are more than just buzzwords – they are the pillars upon which our newly socially energised capitalism must be founded.” —John C. Maxwell – NYT Best Selling Author, Leadership Expert and Coach

The 100 Trillion Dollar Wealth Transfer is a gripping and insightful testimony of how intergenerational harmony and wisdom is essential for a thriving world. Ken Costa understands, as younger generations do, that you can create value in a market economy without abandoning your values. A powerful financial, societal and generational transition is occurring. For it to be successful, generations cannot navigate it on their own. In this book, Ken shows that uniting the spiritual hunger and ethical commitment of Zennials with the wisdom and experience of Boomers will guide us all to a more purposeful and prosperous future.” —Rick Warren – author of the New York Times international bestseller The Purpose Driven Life

[Ken Costa] makes a convincing case on the need for a change in attitudes and working practices and has some practical advice for how business leaders can adapt their management style and organisations, all backed up with a wealth of data and anecdotes. The arguments considered in this book need to be taken seriously by business leaders, executives and managers who are having problems understanding their younger workers.” —MoneyWeek

Product Details
ISBN: 9781399407632
ISBN-10: 1399407635
Publisher: Bloomsbury Continuum
Publication Date: January 30th, 2024
Pages: 256
Language: English