List of wealthiest families

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 attempts to estimate the Rothschild wealth, figures ranging from US$300 to US$400 billion. 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]


Name Number of
family members
Notable members Wealth
in billions
(estimated USD)
Source of
Ambani 3 Dhirubhai Ambani, Mukesh Ambani, Anil Ambani, Nita Ambani 21.5[3] Reliance Industries India
Arnault 4 Bernard Arnault 37 (2015) LVMH France
Baillères Gonzalez Alberto Baillères 9.6 (2015)[4] Peñoles, El Palacio de Hierro Mexico
Brescia Cafferata (FORT) El Grupo Breca 7 Minsur Peru
Barbey 12 Peter D. Barbey 6.1 Publishing, textiles, apparel, 20% ownership of VF Corporation [5] United States
Bass 4 Robert Bass, Ed Bass, Lee Bass, Sid Bass, Hyatt Bass 8.2 Aerion Corporation United States
Bechtel 4 Kenneth K. Bechtel, Riley P. Bechtel, Stephen Bechtel, Jr., Stephen David Bechtel, Sr., Warren A. Bechtel 7.3 Bechtel Corporation United States
Belldegrun 6 Arie Belldegrun, Rebecka Belldegrun 1 (2016)[6] Kite Pharma United States
Bettencourt Liliane Bettencourt 36.1 L'Oréal France
Brown 25 George Garvin Brown 12.3 (2016)[7] Brown-Forman United States
Busch 30 Adolphus Busch, Adolphus Busch III, August Anheuser Busch, Sr., August Busch III, August Busch IV 13.4 (2016)[7] Anheuser-Busch United States
Butt 5 Charles Butt 10.4 HEB Grocery Company United States
Cargill-MacMillan 23 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] United States
Cathy 2 Dan T. Cathy 7 Chick-fil-A United States
Chao 3 Cecil Chao 7.2 Cheuk Nang Holdings Ltd. Hong Kong
Cox 3 Anne Cox Chambers, James M. Cox 41 (2016)[7] Cox Enterprises Co. United States
Crown 3 Henry Crown, James Crown, Lester Crown, Susan Crown Kunkler 8.8 Henry Crown and Company United States
Dillen 40 Cor Dillen, Coen Dillen 9.8 Business Netherlands
Dolan 19 Charles Dolan, James L. Dolan, Larry Dolan 5.5 Cablevision, HBO United States
Dorrance 11 Dorrance Hill Hamilton 17.1 (2016)[7] Campbell Soup Company United States
Du Pont 3 List of family members 14.3 (2016)[7] Real estate United States
Duncan 4 Dan Duncan 21.5 (2016)[7] Enterprise Products United States
Durst family 33 Douglas Durst, Robert Durst, Seymour Durst 5.2 Photographic equipment
Ferrero Michele Ferrero 26.7 (2014) Ferrero SpA Italy
Fisher 4 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 20 Brian France 5.7 NASCAR
Gallo 14 Ernest Gallo, Julio Gallo 10.7 (2016)[7] E & J Gallo Winery United States
Getty 28 J. Paul Getty, Sir Paul Getty, John Paul Getty III, Balthazar Getty 5.4 United States
Goldman 7 Sol Goldman, Amy Goldman Fowler 13.7 (2016)[7] Solil Management United States
Gore 24 Robert W. Gore 5.2 Gore-Tex United States
Haslam 4 Jimmy Haslam 6 Pilot Flying J, Cleveland Browns
Hearst 66 William Randolph Hearst and numerous others 28 (2016)[7] Hearst Corporation United States
Hilton Conrad Hilton Hilton Hotels & Resorts United States
Hinduja 4 S P Hinduja, Gopichand Hinduja 15[8] Hinduja Group India
Hughes 3 B. Wayne Hughes 7.9 Public Storage United States
Hunt 33 H. L. Hunt 13.7 (2016)[7] Hunt Oil Company, Hunt Petroleum United States
Jenkins 25 George W. Jenkins 6.8 Publix supermarkets
Johnson (Johnson & Johnson) 60 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) 11 S. Curtis Johnson 30 (2016)[7] Johnson Family Enterprises United States
Johnson (Franklin Templeton Investments) 5 Charles Bartlett Johnson, Rupert Johnson 13.4 United States
Kadoorie Michael Kadoorie 8.9[9] Business
Klein Samuel Klein, Michael Klein 1.2 (2016)[10] Casas Bahia Brazil
Kluge 5 John Kluge 6 Metromedia United States
Koch 4 Charles G. Koch, David H. Koch 82 (2016)[7] Koch Industries United States
Kwok Thomas Kwok, Raymond Kwok, Kwok Tak-Seng, Kwong Siu-hing, 19.5[9] Sun Hung Kai & Co China
Lauder 6 Estée Lauder 17.9 (2016)[7] Estée Lauder Companies United States
Lee (Byung-Chull) 5 Lee Byung-chul, Lee Kun-hee
26.6[9] Samsung South Korea
Lee (Shau Kee) Lee Shau Kee 24.1[11] China
LeFrak 4 6.6
Mansour 3 Mohamed Mansour, Yasseen Mansour, Youssef Mansour 9.2 Mansour Group Egypt
Marinho family 3 José Roberto Marinho, Roberto Irineu Marinho, João Roberto Marinho 28.9 Grupo Globo Brazil
Marriott 7 6.9 United States
Mars 3 Jacqueline Mars, Victoria B. Mars 78 (2016)[7] United States
Marshall 3 J. Howard Marshall II, Elaine Tettemer Marshall 12 (2016)[7] Koch Industries United States
Meijer 4 Frederik Meijer 7.9 Meijer hypermarket United States
Mellon 200 11.5 (2016)[7] United States
Moran 10 5.5
Mulliez Association Familiale Mulliez France
Newhouse 3 Samuel Irving Newhouse Jr., Donald Newhouse 18.5 (2016)[7] Advance Publications United States
Oppenheim c. 40 1.7 (2002)[12] Germany
Perot 12 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 300 Stuart S. Janney III 6.6 Bessemer Trust United States
Pigott 30 7.7 United States
Pritzker 14 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 3 Sumner Redstone, Shari Redstone, Brent Redstone 5 (2015) Viacom United States
Reuben 2 David Reuben, Simon Reuben 7.5 (2010)[13] United Kingdom
Reyes 3 8.6
Rockefeller 200 11 (2016)[7] United States
Rollins 11 7.4
Rothschild >10 N M Rothschild & Sons, Edmond de Rothschild Group, Rothschild & Co United Kingdom, France
Sabancı 30 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 Turkey
Sackler 20 Arthur M. Sackler, Mortimer Sackler, Raymond Sackler 13 (2016)[7] Purdue Pharma, Oxycontin United States
Sawiris 4 Naguib Sawiris, Nassef Sawiris, Onsi Sawiris, Samih Sawiris 12.4 Egypt
Scripps 50 E. W. Scripps, James E. Scripps 7.2 E. W. Scripps Company, United Press International United States
Shoen 13 Joe Shoen, Mark Shoen 8 U-Haul United States
Simmons 3 Harold Simmons 8 (2013)[14] Businessman United States
Simon 5 Herbert Simon 7.7 Simon Property Group United States
Simons 1 James Harris Simons 15.5 (2016) Renaissance Technologies United States
Simplot 3 J. R. Simplot 7.5 Simplot United States
Slim Carlos Slim 52.2 (2016)[15] Grupo Carso Mexico
Smith 60 Byron L. Smith, Robert F. Smith (investor) 6.3 Vista Equity Partners United States
Stryker 3 Homer Stryker, Ronda Stryker, Pat Stryker, John Stryker 7.9[16] Stryker Corporation United States
Tata Noel Tata, Naval Tata, Ratan Tata, Simone Tata India
Thomson David Thomson Thomson Reuters Canada
Tisch 5 Laurence Tisch, Preston Robert Tisch 6 United States
Tung Tung Chee-chen 2.8 China
Van Andel 4 Jay Van Andel, Betty Van Andel 6 United States
Walton 6 Jim Walton, Alice Walton, S. Robson Walton, Christy Walton, Ann Walton Kroenke, Nancy Walton Laurie 130 (2016)[7] Wal-Mart United States
Woo Peter Woo 7 China
Zabludowicz 6 Poju Zabludowicz, Anita Zabludowicz 2 (2016)[17] Tamares Group United Kingdom
Ziff 3 Daniel M. Ziff, Dirk Edward Ziff, Robert D. Ziff 14.4 (2016)[7] United States


Further information: List of banking families

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


  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. "Ambani family".
  4. "Alberto Bailleres Gonzalez & family". Forbes. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  5. "Barbey family". Retrieved 2016-11-14.
  6. "100 העשירים בישראל 2016" (in Hebrew). Forbes Israel. 7 September 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  7. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 "America's Richest Families".
  8. "Hinduja family".
  9. 1 2 3 "Asia's Richest Families".
  10. "Michael Klein - Forbes". Forbes. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  11. "Lee (Shau Kee) family".
  12. "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.
  13. "#93 David & Simon Reuben -".
  14. "Texas billionaire Harold Simmons' heirs save some money on taxes".
  15. "The World's Billionaires". Forbes. August 7, 2015. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
  16. "Medtech's Billionaires: #1 The Stryker Family and John Brown - MDDI Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry News Products and Suppliers".
  17. Shaw, Anny (25 April 2016). "Rich list 2016: fortunes drop for several British-based art collectors ". The Art Newspaper (London). Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  18. de Roover, Raymond Adrien (1966), The rise and decline of the Medici Bank: 1397–1494, New York City; Toronto: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.; George J. McLeod Limited (respectively), LCCN 63-11417
  19. 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 (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."
  20. 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.
  21. 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).
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