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20 Billionaire American Dynasties and How They Made Their Money

GOBankingRates Logo By Joel Anderson of GOBankingRates | Slide 1 of 21: A billion dollars can cast a long shadow — and not just if you get it all in $1 bills and see how high you can pile it. The legacy of a billion-dollar fortune can often stretch across generations and historical eras. Once you accumulate a large fortune, it only gets that much easier to expand it by relying on compound interest and smart investing to keep building returns and growing your money year after year. After all, even a modest 5% annual return translates to $50 million in income a year when the starting point is $1 billion.
The end result of that is that the wealthiest families in America tend to stay that way and only get wealthier. Even as the initial patriarch who kick-started the dynasty fades from memory, their legacy of an enormous accumulation of wealth can continue to grow generation after generation.
So, here’s a look at 20 of the biggest billionaire dynasties in American history. This country might have been founded on a rejection of royalty, but someone forgot to tell that to these families who have built a massive fortune that keeps on giving.

A billion dollars can cast a long shadow — and not just if you get it all in $1 bills and see how high you can pile it. The legacy of a billion-dollar fortune can often stretch across generations and historical eras. Once you accumulate a large fortune, it only gets that much easier to expand it by relying on compound interest and smart investing to keep building returns and growing your money year after year. After all, even a modest 5% annual return translates to $50 million in income a year when the starting point is $1 billion.

The end result of that is that the wealthiest families in America tend to stay that way and only get wealthier. Even as the initial patriarch who kick-started the dynasty fades from memory, their legacy of an enormous accumulation of wealth can continue to grow generation after generation.

So, here’s a look at 20 of the biggest billionaire dynasties in American history. This country might have been founded on a rejection of royalty, but someone forgot to tell that to these families who have built a massive fortune that keeps on giving.

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