"Most great fortunes have their roots in hard work, brilliant business decisions or savvy investing somewhere along the way (more often than not all three), But once the money is made, growing, preserving and passing it on to the next generation becomes paramount," Forbes said.
"That's where a wealth advisor can come in handy," it said.
Advisors affiliated with big wirehouses dominate the top of the list, including Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and UBS Regarding services, some wealth managers provide a do-it-all concierge service, handling everything from estate planning and taxes to paying bills, it said. Others focus more on investments and getting clients into exclusive opportunities like top-performing hedge funds or pre-IPO startups. "Each of the 200 advisors on the list have one thing in common: they are trusted to handle the money of wealthy individuals and families, and will do whatever it takes to keep that trust," Forbes said.