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The 28 richest American families, ranked

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  The US may not have any rich royals, but it does have rich families
    with net worths in the billions.
  
  These billionaire clans have accumulated their
    fortunes in vastly different ways, from publishing and
    cosmetics to retail and hotels.
  
  Keep reading to see the top 28 richest families in the US,
  ranked by net worth, starting at $10 billion. 
  
  
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  America may not be home to any rich royal families, but that doesn't mean
  some families haven't created their own sort of empire.

  In fact, the United States has quite a few billionaire clans who
  accumulated their fortunes in vastly different ways. There are
  the publishing powerhouses that built the Hearst and Newhouse
  family fortunes; a cosmetics giant, which laid the foundation for
  the Lauder family fortune; and the families that created their
  wealth out of household names, like Walmart
  for the Waltons and Hyatt Hotels for the Pritzkers.

  But not all of America's richest families began as entrepreneurs - some were also savvy
  investors.

  Below, meet the richest families in the US, ranked from lowest
  net worth to highest net worth, starting at $10 billion. Rankings
  were determined by the most up-to-date estimated net worths
  available from Forbes and Bloomberg as well as the left-leaning
  Institute for Policy Studies' "Billionaire Bonanza" report, which looked at
  15 dynastically wealthy families from the Forbes 400 list.

America may not be home to any rich royal families, but that doesn't mean some families haven't created their own sort of empire.

In fact, the United States has quite a few billionaire clans who accumulated their fortunes in vastly different ways. There are the publishing powerhouses that built the Hearst and Newhouse family fortunes; a cosmetics giant, which laid the foundation for the Lauder family fortune; and the families that created their wealth out of household names, like Walmart for the Waltons and Hyatt Hotels for the Pritzkers.

But not all of America's richest families began as entrepreneurs -- some were also savvy investors.

Click ahead to meet the richest families in the U.S., ranked from lowest net worth to highest net worth, starting at $10 billion. Rankings were determined by the most up-to-date estimated net worths available from Forbes and Bloomberg as well as the left-leaning Institute for Policy Studies' "Billionaire Bonanza" report, which looked at 15 dynastically wealthy families from the Forbes 400 list.

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