A hunt for the best talent, a hunger for oganic growth and a pursuit of the best new technology: These appetites reshaped and reformed this year’s annual RIA Leaders rankings. The best part? The firms that made our cut (expanded this year to 150 from 100) did so while rejecting partnerships with outside affiliations that could threaten their independence.

“It gets harder as you get bigger because you are always tempted to do some of these side businesses” that can come with commission sales or external shareholders, Russ Hill, the CEO and chairman of No. 12 firm Halbert Hargrove, told Senior Editor Ann Marsh, who wrote the story.

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