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Losing a fortune can come down to one thing - family

Ms Stroh is a successful businesswoman. Now 50, she lives in San Francisco, and took a relatively modest inheritance of about US$200,000 in stocks from her mother and made savvy investments in tech companies and real estate.

San Francisco

ONE of Frances Stroh's earliest lessons about wealth involved a game she played as a six-year-old with her father: how to not be kidnapped.

Ms Stroh would stand outside the family's six-bedroom Spanish Mediterranean home in the manicured Detroit suburb of Grosse...

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