List of wealthiest families

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The following is a collection of published estimates of the wealth of families of industrialists or financiers (not including royal families or autocratic ruling dynasties). Notably, Forbes has published a compendium of "America's Richest Families" since 2014,[1] as of the 2015 list, only three families are listed as wealthier than the net worth of the richest individual (Bill Gates at 79 billion USD): the Walton family (USD 149 billion), the Koch family (USD 86 billion) and the Mars family (USD 80 billion). The Rothschild family of bankers might be the world's richest family, accumulating wealth since their rise in the 19th century; there have been controversial attempts to estimate the Rothschild wealth, with figures ranging from US$1.5 billion (Forbes) to US$400 billion.[citation needed] Forbes distinguishes between wealth held by an identifiable "nuclear family" and the wider notion of a historical "dynasty", where the wealth of a historically family-owned company has become distributed between various branches of descendants.[2]

Contemporary[edit]

Name Notable members Wealth
in billions
(estimated USD)
Source of
wealth
Country or region
Ambani Dhirubhai Ambani, Mukesh Ambani,Nita Ambani, Isha Ambani,Akash Ambani 51 (2017)[3] Reliance Industries , Reliance Jio Infocomm, Reliance Retail India
Arnault Bernard Arnault 37 (2015) LVMH France
Baillères Gonzalez Alberto Baillères 9.6 (2015)[4] Peñoles, El Palacio de Hierro Mexico
Brescia Cafferata (Fort) Mario Brescia 7 Minsur, El Grupo Breca Peru
Barbey Peter Barbey 6.1 Publishing, textiles, apparel, 20% ownership of VF Corporation [5] United States
Bass Robert Bass, Ed Bass, Lee Bass, Sid Bass, Hyatt Bass 8.2 Aerion Corporation United States
Bechtel Kenneth K. Bechtel, Riley P. Bechtel, Stephen Bechtel, Jr., Stephen David Bechtel, Sr., Warren A. Bechtel 7.3 Bechtel Corporation United States
Belldegrun Arie Belldegrun, Rebecka Belldegrun 1 (2016)[6] Kite Pharma United States
Bettencourt Liliane Bettencourt 36.1 L'Oréal France
Brown George Garvin Brown IV 12.3 (2016)[7] Brown-Forman United States
Busch Adolphus Busch, Adolphus Busch III, August Anheuser Busch, Sr., August Busch III, August Busch IV 13.4 (2016)[7] Anheuser-Busch United States
Butt Charles Butt 10.8 HEB Grocery Company United States
Cargill-MacMillan Austen Cargill, James R. Cargill II, James R. Cargill, William W. Cargill, Marion MacMillan Pictet, Marianne Cargill Liebmann, Cargill MacMillan, Sr., Cargill MacMillan Jr, John H. MacMillan, Sr., John H. MacMillan, John Hugh MacMillan, Whitney MacMillan, Whitney Duncan MacMillan 49 (2016)[7] Cargill United States
Cathy Dan T. Cathy 7 Chick-fil-A United States
Chao Cecil Chao 7.2 Cheuk Nang Holdings Ltd. Hong Kong
Cox Anne Cox Chambers, James M. Cox 41 (2016)[7] Cox Enterprises Co. United States
Crown Henry Crown, James Crown, Lester Crown, Susan Crown Kunkler 8.8 Henry Crown and Company United States
Dillen Cor Dillen, Coen Dillen 9.8[citation needed] Business Netherlands
Dolan Charles Dolan, James L. Dolan, Larry Dolan 5.5 Cablevision, HBO United States
Dorrance Dorrance Hill Hamilton 17.1 (2016)[7] Campbell Soup Company United States
Du Pont List of family members 14.3 (2016)[7] Real estate United States
Duncan Dan Duncan 21.5 (2016)[7] Enterprise Products United States
Durst Douglas Durst, Robert Durst, Seymour Durst 5.2 Real estate, Durst Organization United States
Ferrero Michele Ferrero 26.7 (2014) Ferrero SpA Italy
Fisher Donald Fisher, Doris F. Fisher, John J. Fisher, William S. Fisher, Robert J. Fisher 11 Gap Inc. United States
Fontbona Iris Fontbona Antofagasta PLC Chile
France Brian France 5.7 NASCAR
Gallo Ernest Gallo, Julio Gallo 10.7 (2016)[7] E & J Gallo Winery United States
Getty J. Paul Getty, Sir Paul Getty, John Paul Getty III, Balthazar Getty 5.4 Getty Oil United States
Glaser-kochavi family Max Factor Sr., Max Factor Family, Glaser-kochavi family, David M. Heyman 1.4(2017) Max Factor, Smashbox Cosmetics, JMG Capital, Real estate, Kuhn, Loeb & Co. United States, Israel
Goldman Sol Goldman, Amy Goldman Fowler 13.7 (2016)[7] Solil Management United States
Gore Robert W. Gore 5.2 Gore-Tex United States
Hashemi Rafsanjani Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Effat Marashi, Mohsen Hashemi Rafsanjani, Faezeh Hashemi Rafsanjani, Mehdi Hashemi Rafsanjani, Yasser Hashemi Rafsanjani, Fatemeh Hashemi Rafsanjani, Mohammad Hashemi Rafsanjani Pistachio trade, Azad University Iran
Haslam Jimmy Haslam 6 Pilot Flying J, Cleveland Browns United States
Hearst William Randolph Hearst and numerous others 28 (2016)[7] Hearst Corporation United States
Hilton Conrad Hilton Hilton Hotels & Resorts United States
Hinduja S P Hinduja, Gopichand Hinduja 15[8] Hinduja Group India
Hughes B. Wayne Hughes 7.9 Public Storage United States
Hunt H. L. Hunt 13.7 (2016)[7] Hunt Oil Company, Hunt Petroleum United States
Jenkins George W. Jenkins, Carol Jenkins Barnett 6.8 Publix supermarkets United States
Johnson (Johnson & Johnson) Barbara Piasecka Johnson, Bertram and Diana Firestone, Mary Lea Johnson Richards, Casey Johnson, Jamie Johnson (filmmaker), John Seward Johnson II, John Seward Johnson I, Robert Wood Johnson I, Robert Wood Johnson II, Robert Wood Johnson III, Woody Johnson 6.3 Johnson & Johnson United States
Johnson (S.C. Johnson Wax) S. Curtis Johnson 30 (2016)[7] Johnson Family Enterprises, S. C. Johnson & Son United States
Johnson (Franklin Templeton Investments) Charles Bartlett Johnson, Rupert Johnson 13.4 Financial services United States
Jindal Savitri Jindal, Naveen Jindal and Sajjan Jindal 5.1[9] Business India
Kadoorie Michael Kadoorie 8.9[10] Business
Klein Samuel Klein, Michael Klein 1.5 (2017)[11] Casas Bahia Brazil
Kluge John Kluge 6 Metromedia United States
Koch Charles G. Koch, David H. Koch 82 (2016)[7] Koch Industries United States
Koç Semahat Sevim Arsel, Rahmi Koç, Suna Kıraç, Mustafa Vehbi Koç, Mehmet Ömer Koç, Ali Yıldırım Koç 42[12] Koç Holding Turkey
Kwok Thomas Kwok, Raymond Kwok, Kwok Tak-Seng, Kwong Siu-hing, 19.5[9] Sun Hung Kai & Co Hong Kong
Lauder Estée Lauder, Ronald Lauder 17.9 (2016)[7] Estée Lauder Companies United States
Lee (Byung-Chull) Lee Byung-chul, Lee Kun-hee
26.6[9] Samsung South Korea
Lee (Shau Kee) Lee Shau Kee 24.1[13] Real estate Hong Kong
LeFrak Richard LeFrak, Samuel J. LeFrak 6.6 Real estate United States
Mansour Mohamed Mansour, Yasseen Mansour, Youssef Mansour 9.2 Mansour Group Egypt
Marinho José Roberto Marinho, Roberto Irineu Marinho, João Roberto Marinho 28.9 Grupo Globo Brazil
Marriott J. Willard Marriott, Bill Marriott 6.9 Marriott International Corporation, Host Marriott Corporation United States
Mars Jacqueline Mars, Victoria B. Mars 78 (2016)[7] Mars, Incorporated United States
Marshall J. Howard Marshall II, Elaine Tettemer Marshall 12 (2016)[7] Koch Industries United States
Meijer Frederik Meijer 7.9 Meijer hypermarket United States
Mellon Andrew Mellon, Matthew Mellon 11.5 (2016)[7] Mellon Bank United States
Moran Jim Moran (automotive) 5.5 Toyota automobile dealership United States
Mubarak Hosni Mubarak, Suzanne Mubarak, Michael Mubarak 700[14] Military, Oil, Investments Egypt, US
Mulliez Gérard Mulliez Auchan department store chain, Association Familiale Mulliez France
Muthoot M G George Muthoot Muthoot Group India
Newhouse Samuel Irving Newhouse Jr., Donald Newhouse 18.5 (2016)[7] Advance Publications United States
Ng Ng Teng Fong, Robert Ng, Philip Ng 8.7 (2015)[15] Real Estate Singapore
Oppenheim Salomon Oppenheim 1.7 (2002)[16] Sal. Oppenheim Germany
Perot Ross Perot, Margot Perot, Ross Perot Jr., Sarah Perot, Nancy Perot, Suzanne Perot, Caroline Perot, Katherine Perot 5.4 Electronic Data Systems United States
Phipps Stuart S. Janney III 6.6 Bessemer Trust United States
Pigott Mark Pigott 7.7 Paccar United States
Pritzker Richard S. Pritzker, Thomas Pritzker, John Pritzker, Daniel Pritzker, Jean (Gigi) Pritzker Pucker, Jennifer N. Pritzker, Linda Pritzker, Karen Pritzker Vlock, Matthew Pritzker, Liesel Pritzker Simmons, Penny Pritzker Traubert, Anthony Pritzker, Jay Robert Pritzker, Nicholas J. Pritzker 29 (2016)[7] Hyatt Corporation, Marmon Group United States
Redstone Sumner Redstone, Shari Redstone, Brent Redstone 5 (2015) Viacom United States
Reuben David Reuben, Simon Reuben 16.3 (2016)[17] Real estate, financial services, commodity trading United Kingdom
Reyes J. Christopher Reyes 8.6 Reyes Holdings United States
Rockefeller John D. Rockefeller, Nelson Rockefeller 11 (2016)[7] Standard Oil Company United States
Rollins Gary Rollins 7.4 Orkin, Rollins Inc. United States
Rothschild Mayer Amschel Rothschild  ?[18] N M Rothschild & Sons, Edmond de Rothschild Group, Rothschild & Co United Kingdom, France
Sabancı Hacı Ömer Sabancı, İhsan Sabancı, Güler Sabancı, Sevgi Sabancı, Sakıp Sabancı, Sevil Sabancı, Ömer Sabancı, Mehmet Sabancı, Şevket Sabancı, Ali Sabancı, Özdemir Sabancı, Demir Sabancı 30 Sabancı Holding Turkey
Sackler Arthur M. Sackler, Mortimer Sackler, Raymond Sackler 13 (2016)[7] Purdue Pharma, Oxycontin United States
Salsano Sandro Salsano Salsano Group Panama
Sawiris Naguib Sawiris, Nassef Sawiris, Onsi Sawiris, Samih Sawiris 12.4 Orascom Technology Solutions, Orascom Development, Orascom Construction Industries, Global Telecom Holding Egypt
Scripps E. W. Scripps, James E. Scripps 7.2 E. W. Scripps Company, United Press International United States
Shoen Joe Shoen, Mark Shoen 8 U-Haul United States
Simmons Harold Simmons 8 (2013)[19] Businessman, Titanium investments United States
Simon Herbert Simon 7.7 Simon Property Group United States
Simons James Harris Simons 15.5 (2016) Renaissance Technologies United States
Simplot J. R. Simplot 7.5 Simplot United States
Slim Carlos Slim 52.2 (2016)[20] Grupo Carso Mexico
Smith Byron L. Smith, Robert F. Smith (investor) 6.3 Vista Equity Partners United States
Stryker Homer Stryker, Ronda Stryker, Pat Stryker, John Stryker 7.9[21] Stryker Corporation United States
Tata Noel Tata, Naval Tata, Ratan Tata, Simone Tata Tata Group India
Thomson David Thomson Thomson Reuters Canada
Tisch Laurence Tisch, Preston Robert Tisch 6 Loews Corporation United States
Tung Tung Chee-chen 2.8 Transportation China
Van Andel Jay Van Andel, Betty Van Andel 6 Amway United States
Walton Jim Walton, Alice Walton, S. Robson Walton, Christy Walton, Ann Walton Kroenke, Nancy Walton Laurie 149 (2017)[22] Wal-Mart United States
Woo Peter Woo 7 Real estate China
Zabludowicz Poju Zabludowicz, Anita Zabludowicz 2 (2016)[23] Tamares Group United Kingdom
Ziff Daniel M. Ziff, Dirk Edward Ziff, Robert D. Ziff, William Bernard Ziff Jr. 14.4 (2016)[7] Publishing, Ziff Davis, Ziff Brothers Investments United States

Historical[edit]

Excluding royal dynasties and land-owning aristocracy, the wealthiest families since the emergence of banking and early capitalism in the Italian Renaissance were:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billion-Dollar Bloodlines: America's Richest Families 2015 (America’s Richest Families), in 2105 supplemented by a list of Asia's Richest Families.
  2. ^ John Pitman, Cristina von Zeppelin, Chandrani Ghosh, David Armstrong, The Dynasties, Forbes, 28 February 2002. "The names are famous and often synonymous with great brands, from spaghetti to tires; those who bear them are without question fabulously wealthy. Yet the Rothschilds, Rockefellers, Michelins and 35 other billionaire families don’t appear on the Forbes World’s Richest People list. Why not? It’s a question of degrees. We have tried to distinguish between fortunes that belong to individuals or nuclear families, and those that have been passed down through more than one branch of the family tree and are often shared by dozens of heirs."
  3. ^ "Mukesh Ambani". 
  4. ^ "Alberto Bailleres Gonzalez & family". Forbes. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Barbey family". Forbes.com. Retrieved 14 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "100 העשירים בישראל 2016" (in Hebrew). Forbes Israel. 7 September 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v "America's Richest Families". 
  8. ^ "Hinduja family". 
  9. ^ a b c "Savitri Jindal & family". Forbes. 
  10. ^ "Asia's Richest Families". 
  11. ^ "The World's Billionaires List". Forbes. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  12. ^ [1], [2], [3]
  13. ^ "Lee (Shau Kee) family". 
  14. ^ O'Connor, Clare. "Egyptian Estimate Of Mubarak's Wealth Soars To $700 Billion". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-11-06. 
  15. ^ http://news.asiaone.com/news/business/ng-brothers-are-singapores-richest-6-years-running-forbes
  16. ^ "Some 40 family members share in the ownership of Sal. Oppenheim Jr. & Cie. The bank, which was founded in 1789, is Europe’s largest ($8 billion in assets) and perhaps most prestigious private bank." John Pitman, Cristina von Zeppelin, Chandrani Ghosh, David Armstrong, The Dynasties, Forbes, 28 February 2002.
  17. ^ "Rich list 2016 reveals steel magnate's fortune drop". BBC News. 24 April 2016. Retrieved 7 February 2017. 
  18. ^ "Rothschild and Rockefeller: their family fortunes". telegraph.co.uk. 2012-05-30. Retrieved 2017-06-19. 
  19. ^ "Texas billionaire Harold Simmons' heirs save some money on taxes". 
  20. ^ "The World's Billionaires". Forbes. 7 August 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  21. ^ "Medtech's Billionaires: #1 The Stryker Family and John Brown - MDDI Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry News Products and Suppliers". 
  22. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/feb/18/walmart-revenues-walton-fortune-minimum-wage
  23. ^ Shaw, Anny (25 April 2016). "Rich list 2016: fortunes drop for several British-based art collectors ". The Art Newspaper (London). Retrieved 25 April 2016.
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  25. ^ Daniel Eckert,So wurde Jakob Fugger zum reichsten Menschen der Historie ("This is how Jakob Fugger became the wealthiest person in history"), Die Welt, 6 June 2016 (in German). "Auf heutige Verhältnisse hochgerechnet läge das Vermögen des Bauernenkels bei unglaublichen 400 Milliarden Dollar (354 Milliarden Euro). In die Nähe dieses Wertes kamen nur die Rothschilds, die in ihrer Glanzzeit im 19. Jahrhundert die mächtigste Bankiersfamilie der Welt waren" ("Adjusted to current-day conditions, the net worth of the farmer's grandson would be close to astonishing 400 billion dollars (354 billion Euro). Only the Rothschild family, at their peak in the 19th century the most powerful family of bankers, came close to such a figure."
  26. ^ Niall Ferguson, The Ascent of Money (2008), p. 88: "Between 1818 and 1852, the combined capital of the five Rothschild 'houses' (Frankfurt, London, Naples, Paris and Vienna) rose from £1.8 million to £9.5 million. As early as 1825 their combined capital was nine times greater than that of Baring Brothers and the Banque de France. By 1899, at £41 million, it exceeded the capital of the five biggest German joint-stock banks put together." "After the [Napoleonic] war, Nathan Rothschild bragged of turning his 20k pound fortune into 50 million pounds in only 17 years. In 1820, 50 million pounds would be equivalent to 32 billion pounds today [2012]. [...] In 1850, Jacob Rothschild’s recorded net worth was 600 million francs, which was significantly more than all the other French bankers combined. In today’s US dollars that would be equivalent to $11.4 billion." How Much Money Do The Rothschilds Have?, Bilzerian Report, 16 March 2012.
  27. ^ The company admitted the first partner who was not a family member in 1912, and Henry Goldman resigned in 1917. William D. Cohan, Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World (2012).