Bank of America Study: 95 Percent of Entrepreneurs Built or Acquired


[dropcap]S[/dropcap]etting up a business is difficult, but that’s not deterring entrepreneurs from pursuing their passion probably because most of them have done it on their own. That’s what a new study has revealed.

According to U.S. Trust’s annual survey of high net worth entrepreneurs, the majority of business owners (95 percent) have founded or acquired their companies.

U.S. Trust is part of the Global Wealth and Investment Management unit of Bank of America.

The study also found that while 74 percent of entrepreneurs agree that owning a business is harder than working for someone else, they don’t regret their career choice.

Key Findings: Survey of High Net Worth Entrepreneurs

Some of the top highlights of the survey of high net worth entrepreneurs are as follows:

  • About 70 percent of business owners say their upbringing was very influential in their success, and family plays a central role in business ownership.
  • Eighty three percent of entrepreneurs say that owning a business can make you wealthier than working for someone else.
  • Their top reasons to choose entrepreneurship are to control their own destiny and pursue their passion.
  • Outcome of the U.S. presidential election (66 percent) and cybersecurity breach (64 percent) are the top concerns of business owners.
  • Younger entrepreneurs are more concerned than the older business owners about external impacts on their business, especially government policies and regulations.


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