The Unites States of America is the land of opportunities that has produced many billionaire families like the Mellons, the Rockefellers and the Kennedys. These names are well-known worldwide.
Here is a brief overview of the top 10 richest families in America:
Dan Duncan is a self –made billionaire. He struck it rich in oil, natural gas and petrochemical pipelines. When he passed away in 2010, he left nearly $10 billion estate to his four children. The family fortune has since grown by approximately $15 billion.
S. C. Johnson founded Johnson’s Prepared Paste Wax Company in 1886. His son Herbert Fisk Johnson inherited the company and ran it till he passed away in 1928. He died without a will. The estate was divided between his two children Herbert Fisk Jr and Henrietta Johnson Louis. Herbert Fisk Jr’s grandchildren run the company today.
Pritzker family is a powerful family in Chicago. Penny is commerce secretary. Thomas is the chairman of Hyatt Hotels. Gigi is a movie producer. John owns boutique hotel group Commune Hotels. All are rich.
James M. Cox bought the Dayton Evening News in 1898. Today the company includes Cox Communications, Cox Media Group, Manheim and AutoTrader Group.
Orson Wells’ Citizen Kane was an immensely popular movie in its time. It was largely based on publishing tycoon William Randolf Hearst. He was the proprietor of San Francisco Examiner. His son William Randolf Hearst Jr. won the Pulitzer Prize. His grandson William R. Hearst III is the current chairman of the Hearst Media Empire.