Visualizing The Richest Families In America

#41 (Charles & Rupert) Johnson Family $8.6B Franklin Resources Inc. 
#42 Phipps Family $8.6B Carnegie Steel, Bessemer Trust
#43 Rockefeller Family $8.4B Standard Oil
#44 E.W. Scripps Family $8.4B Scripps Network Interactive
#45 Bechtel Family $8.3B Bechtel
#46 Gore Family $8.2B Gore-Tex
#47 Durst Family $8.1B Real Estate
#48 Taylor Family $7.8B Enterprise Rent-A-Car
#49 Simplot Family $7.7B Simplot
#50 Barbey Family $7.3B VF Corp

The richest family in the U.S. is the Waltons, founders of Walmart. Their net worth adds to an approximate $247 billion, making them also the richest family in the world. Over the last year, they’ve grown their family fortune by $25 billion, equal to nearly $3 million per hour.

Interestingly, the Vanderbilts—the railroad tycoons that were once the richest family in the country in the late 19th century—have been ousted from the rankings entirely. Other notable American families, like Ford and Astor, have lost their place on the list as well.

On the other hand, the Rockefellers still hold their status today, ranked at number 43 with a net worth of $8.4 billion. John D. Rockefeller became America’s first billionaire back in 1916, despite the breaking up of Standard Oil for antitrust reasons.

Building Wealth

Over the last five years, nearly every family on this list has seen wealth increase. Many of the behemoth companies on which these families built their fortunes are staples in America, like Campbell’s Soup, Cargill, Dixie Cups, Estee Lauder, and M&Ms and Snickers.

For example, the South’s beloved fast food chain, Chick-fil-A, was founded by the Cathy family and generated $12.67 billion in sales as of the latest annual data, making it the third most popular chain restaurant in the country.

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