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The 25 richest families in America

Stacker Logo By Taylor Johnson of Stacker | Slide 1 of 26: Americans are enthralled with watching the lifestyles of the rich and famous unfold on reality television and social media. Despite the extravagant cars and vacations showcased on such shows as “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and “The Real Housewives” franchise, the wealth of these celebrities pales in comparison to some of America’s richest families.

To find out which clans hold the most wealth, Stacker compiled a list of the  25 richest families in America using 2019 data from Forbes. Families are ranked in ascending order by their total wealth, with the richest family taking the #1 spot on this list. When ties occur, the families are ranked from most to fewest family members.

The gap in net worth between the #25 and the #1 richest family is surprisingly wide, with the wealthiest family in America amassing nearly $120 billion more than the 25th-richest. When added together, the 25 families on this list have a combined net worth of over $721.5 billion. If these families were a country, they’d be the 21st richest nation in the world. These families are wealthier than Argentina, Poland, Sweden, and Taiwan when ranked by gross domestic product.

Most of America’s richest families charted their paths to massive wealth in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Some struck it rich by discovering oil in the American South or founding a local business, while others made risky but smart investments. The ancestors of America’s wealthy families were also able to turn failing businesses, like breweries and newspapers, into global enterprises.

While some clans have kept low profiles for over a century, others have gained national attention and name recognition for inheritance battles, affairs, political scandals, and illegal practices. From the world’s largest alcohol manufacturers to grocers, investors, and oil barons, check out the 25 richest families in America.

[Pictured: Aerin Lauder]

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The 25 richest families in America

Americans are enthralled with watching the lifestyles of the rich and famous unfold on reality television and social media. Despite the extravagant cars and vacations showcased on such shows as “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and “The Real Housewives” franchise, the wealth of these celebrities pales in comparison to some of America’s richest families.

To find out which clans hold the most wealth, Stacker compiled a list of the 25 richest families in America using 2019 data from Forbes. Families are ranked in ascending order by their total wealth, with the richest family taking the #1 spot on this list. When ties occur, the families are ranked from most to fewest family members.

The gap in net worth between the #25 and the #1 richest family is surprisingly wide, with the wealthiest family in America amassing nearly $120 billion more than the 25th-richest. When added together, the 25 families on this list have a combined net worth of over $721.5 billion. If these families were a country, they’d be the 21st richest nation in the world. These families are wealthier than Argentina, Poland, Sweden, and Taiwan when ranked by gross domestic product.

Most of America’s richest families charted their paths to massive wealth in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Some struck it rich by discovering oil in the American South or founding a local business, while others made risky but smart investments. The ancestors of America’s wealthy families were also able to turn failing businesses, like breweries and newspapers, into global enterprises.

While some clans have kept low profiles for over a century, others have gained national attention and name recognition for inheritance battles, affairs, political scandals, and illegal practices. From the world’s largest alcohol manufacturers to grocers, investors, and oil barons, check out the 25 richest families in America.

[Pictured: Aerin Lauder]

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