Visualizing The Richest Families In America

When we think about the richest people in America, individual names often come to mind like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Bill Gates. But often, it’s the the richest families in America that hold a deeper legacy, and sometimes, even deeper pockets.

The country’s 50 richest families hold a collective wealth of $1.2 trillion. This ranking goes beyond nuclear family units and self-made fortunes, and it instead measures the wealth of multi-generational or extended families.

Our visualization, which leverages the latest data from Forbes, reveals the wealthiest families in America and the enterprises that helped them earn their billions.

Editor’s note on methodology: in this ranking, Forbes leaves out self-made entrepreneurs that appear with their nuclear families on the billionaires list. For example, Jeff Bezos founded Amazon and Rupert Murdoch founded News Corp, but these successes did not come from family wealth that was passed down to them.

Family Matters

Say the name Rockefeller or Vanderbilt, and everyone knows who you’re talking about—but how do these household names hold up in the modern rankings?

Below are the 50 richest families in America, based on net worth:

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Rank Family Net Worth Origin of Wealth 
#1 Walton Family $247.0B Walmart
#2 Koch Family $100.0B Koch Industries 
#3 Mars Family $94.0B Mars Inc. 
#4 Cargill-MacMillan Family $47.0B Cargill Inc. 
#5 Lauder Family $40.0B Estee Lauder 
#6 S.C. Johnson Family $37.0B SC Johnson
#7 Edward Johnson Family $36.0B Fidelity
#8 Cox Family $34.5B Cox Enterprises
#9 Pritzker Family $32.5B Hyatt Hotels
#10 Newhouse Family $30.0B Condé Nast
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