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Asia's rich a growing force in venture capital

Private banks widen services to facilitate direct investments

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The greater involvement of wealthy individuals in private equity has had an impact on how funds raise money and operate.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE (Nikkei Markets) -- The early backers of gaming hardware company Razer were wealthy Southeast Asian individuals rather than venture capital firms. Rolling Stones, the iconic U.S. pop-culture magazine, was recently bought out by a member of the family that co-founded agri-giant Wilmar International.

As Asia's super-rich take a more direct and active role in investing in a wide range of companies, private banks are coming up with new services for them, expanding funding avenues for entrepreneurs.

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