What Is Wealth? Shifting Values Change What It Means to Many

We consider ourselves ‘wealthy’ when we have an abundance of what we value, but what many of us value is changing with the times.

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The meaning of words can change over time, and “wealth” is an example of one of those words. Traditionally, people have equated wealth with an abundance of money and material possessions. There are evolutionary reasons for this. However, the answer to the question “what is wealth?” is undergoing a transformation in lockstep with technological advancements and societal shifts. We are beginning to reimagine and redefine wealth as we become increasingly aware of the limitations of materialism and the value of non-materialism.

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Jennifer Wines, JD, CPWA®
Founder, Invisible Wealth

Recently named one of the Top 100 Women of the Future, Jennifer is a certified Private Wealth Advisor who founded Invisible Wealth, which provides strategic, future-forward, consultancy services. Jennifer has worked at some of the top Private Wealth Management institutions in the world, namely Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and Fidelity. She earned her Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School in Boston and her Certified Private Wealth Advisor designation from Booth Business School in Chicago. While at Fidelity, she developed a proof of concept and prototype for an enterprise solution, which was advanced into incubation.