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Meet the Mars family, heirs to the Snickers and M&M's candy empire, who are America's third-wealthiest family dynasty

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  The Mars family has a net worth of nearly $90 billion and helms
    Mars Inc., the candy empire
    that brought you Snickers, Twix, and M&M's.
  
  The six family members that rank on the Forbes 400 list have
  a reported fortune of $72 billion, making them America's
  third-richest family
    "dynasty,"according to a recent
    report.
  
  
    The Mars family is known for
    keeping to themselves, but in recent years, they've started to
    speak out.
  

  The Mars family sits on top of
  a delicious empire.

  They're the heirs to the candy throne that is Mars Inc., maker of Snickers,
  Mars Bars, Milky Way Bars, Twix, M&M's, and more - not to
  mention a portfolio of PetCare products, drinks, and gum, among
  others.

  The 106-year-old company has
  helped the Mars family build a reported fortune of $89.7 billion,
  according to Bloomberg. The
  six family members who rank on the Forbes 400 list share $72 billion of that
  fortune, making them America's third-richest family wealth
  "dynasty," according to the Institute for Policy Studies'
  "Billionaire Bonanza" report.

  Press-shy and limelight-avoidant, the Mars family remains a bit
  of a mystery. They've been known to keep the company "notoriously
  private," in the words of Business Insider's Cadie
  Thompson. The headquarters have been called "anonymous" by
  Guardian reporter Andrew
  Clark.
  However, Mars Inc. has more recently started trying to shed its
  secretive history. During the last few years, the Mars family and
  company executives have started to speak out.

  Here's what we know about the Mars family and Mars Inc.

Family sits upon an estimated $89.7 billion fortune

The Mars family sits on top of a delicious empire.

They're the heirs to the candy throne that is Mars Inc., maker of Snickers, Mars Bars, Milky Way Bars, Twix, M&M's and more -- not to mention a portfolio of PetCare products, drinks and gum, among others.

The 106-year-old company has helped the Mars family build a reported fortune of $89.7 billion, according to Bloomberg. The six family members who rank on the Forbes 400 list share $72 billion of that fortune, making them America's third-richest family wealth "dynasty," according to the Institute for Policy Studies' "Billionaire Bonanza" report.

Press-shy and limelight-avoidant, the Mars family remains a bit of a mystery. They've been known to keep the company "notoriously private," in the words of Business Insider's Cadie Thompson. The headquarters have been called "anonymous" by Guardian reporter Andrew Clark.

However, Mars Inc. has more recently started trying to shed its secretive history. During the last few years, the Mars family and company executives have started to speak out.

Click ahead to see what we know about the Mars family and Mars Inc.

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