Women in the UK see business as a force for good


More women in the UK take the lead on owning businesses

  • High-net-worth individuals (HNWIs)
  • UK HNW women
  • UK HNW men

26% of HNW women surveyed in the UK are business owners or entrepreneurs: a higher share than women—or men—in any surveyed region.

More women want to become business heirs.
I wanted/want to take over my family business

35% 24%

92% of HNW women in the UK say they have greater opportunities to own businesses than they did in previous generations.

Not only are more women than men running businesses in the UK, they also want to pass down what they've built.
I want/wanted my family to take over my business:

UK HNW women
UK HNW men

More female than male entrepreneurs in the UK define wealth based on business impact

The definition of wealth for business owners in the UK includes:

Economic impact of their business on the communities in which it operates Value of their business Ability to create change with their business through corporate giving 35% 12%

Women in the UK want their businesses to make a dual impact

Compared to their male counterparts, female business owners in the UK more often think it's important to make a positive charitable impact on the communities in which the business operates.

UK HNW women

15% Strongly agree 58% Somewhat agree

UK HNW men

8% Strongly agree 40% Somewhat agree

More female than male business owners in the UK think it's important to make an economic impact on the communities in which the business operates.

UK HNW women

23% Strongly agree 42% Somewhat agree

UK HNW men

12% Strongly agree 44% Somewhat agree

Legacy means both business growth and social impact

  • UK HNW women business owners
  • UK HNW men business owners

More female than male business owners in the UK cite growing their businesses as a top life goal:

8% 23%

And that's not all they're interested in—more female than male business owners in the UK define legacy based on making a social impact on the world: 31% vs. 4%


Data based on an Economist Intelligence Unit survey conducted from March to May 2018.
The research, commissioned by RBC Wealth Management, surveyed 1,051 HNWIs across Asia, Canada, the UK and U.S.
The survey included 207 respondents in the UK with at least US$1 million (£743,000) in investable assets.
Business owner and entrepreneur respondents include 25 UK men and 26 UK women. Due to the smaller sample size, results are directional in nature.


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