Ranked: Top 50 Richest Families In The United States, 2021
The Waltons are the richest family in the United States, with a net worth of $247 billion—that’s $147 billion more than the second wealthiest family. Sam Walton founded Walmart, the largest retailer by revenue the world. With over 11,000 stores around the world, Walmart has annual sales of $524 billion. The Walton family owns about 50% of Walmart stock. The Walton family is richer than Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates.
In second place is the Koch Family, with a net worth of $100 billion. The Mars Family is the third-richest family in the United States. The Mars Family’s assets come to $94 billion.
The Cargill-MacMillan family comes in rank 4 with a fortune of more than $47 billion. Following the Cargill-MacMillan family is Lauder Family — with a net wealth of $40 billion. The S.C. Johnson family is the 6th-richest in America with a fortune of $37 billion. The (Edward) Johnson family from Indonesia is placed 7th with a net worth of $36 billion. America’s 50 most-moneyed families are collectively worth an estimated $1179.4 billion, which is greater than the individual GDPs of Switzerland, the Netherlands and Switzerland, according to a recent CEOWORLD magazine report.
The discrepancy in value grows wider moving up the list, with the top five families worth almost $40 billion more than the rest of the 45 families. The outliers are the Walton, Koch and Mars families, which are the only families whose net worth exceeds $50 billion each. The Walton family alone is worth more than the bottom 25 families on the list.
Below, meet the richest families in the US, ranked from highest net worth to lowest net worth, starting at $247 billion. Many of the names may not come as a surprise. Here’s a look at the 50 most wealthy families in the United States 2021
|Rank||Name||Net Worth||Origin of Wealth|
|1||Walton Family||$247 billion||Walmart|
|2||Koch Family||$100 billion||Diversified|
|3||Mars Family||$94 billion||Candy|
|4||Cargill-MacMillan Family||$47 billion||Cargill Inc.|
|5||Lauder Family||$40 billion||Estee Lauder|
|6||S.C. Johnson Family||$37 billion||Cleaning products|
|7||(Edward) Johnson Family||$36 billion||Money management|
|8||Cox Family||$34.5 billion||Media|
|9||Pritzker Family||$32.5 billion||Hotels, investments|
|10||Newhouse Family||$30 billion||Magazines, newspapers|
|11||Duncan Family||$22 billion||Pipelines|
|12||Hearst Family||$21 billion||Hearst Corp.|
|13||Brown Family||$20.4 billion||Liquor|
|14||Marshall Family||$18.5 billion||Diversified|
|15||Butt Family||$17.8 billion||Supermarkets|
|16||Busch Family||$17.6 billion||Anheuser -Busch|
|17||Du Pont Family||$16 billion||DuPont|
|18||Hunt Family||$15.5 billion||Oil|
|19||Dorrance Family||$15 billion||Campbell Soup Co.|
|20||Ziff Family||$14.5 billion||Publishing|
|21||Cathy Family||$14.2 billion||Chick-fil-A|
|22||Stryker Family||$14 billion||Medical equipment|
|23||Goldman Family||$13.2 billion||Real estate|
|24||Rollins Family||$13.1 billion||Orkin pest control|
|25||Gallo Family||$12.4 billion||Wine, liquor|
|26||Reyes Family||$12 billion||Food & beer distribution|
|27||Kohler Family||$11.7 billion||Plumbing products, sinks|
|28||Mellon Family||$11.5 billion||Banking|
|29||Smith Family||$11.3 billion||Tools, banking|
|30||Bass Family||$10.9 billion||Oil, investments|
|31||Sackler Family||$10.8 billion||Pain medicines|
|32||Johnson Family||$10.7 billion||Johnson & Johnson|
|33||Marriott Family||$10.4 billion||Hotels, investments|
|34||Crown Family||$10.3 billion||Investments|
|35||Hughes Family||$10.2 billion||Public Storage Inc.|
|36||Pigott Family||$10.1 billion||Trucks|
|37||Shoen Family||$9 billion||U-Haul|
|38||(Don & Doris) Fisher Family||$8.9 billion||The Gap|
|39||Jenkins Family||$8.8 billion||Publix Super Markets|
|40||Chao Family||$8.7 billion||Chemicals|
|41||(Charles & Rupert) Johnson Family||$8.6 billion||Mutual funds|
|42||Phipps Family||$8.5 billion||Carnegie Steel, Bessemer Trust|
|43||Rockefeller Family||$8.4 billion||Oil|
|44||E.W. Scripps Family||$8.3 billion||Newspapers|
|45||Bechtel Family||$8.2 billion||Construction, engineering|
|46||Gore Family||$8.1 billion||Gore-Tex|
|47||Durst Family||$8 billion||Real estate|
|48||Taylor Family||$7.8 billion||Enterprise Rent-A-Car|
|49||Simplot Family||$7.7 billion||Agribusiness|
|50||Barbey Family||$7.3 billion||Rextiles, apparel|
Detailed findings & methodology: Rankings were determined by the most up-to-date estimated net worths available from virtually every reputable wealth tracking media outlet including Bloomberg, The Richest, Money Inc, Cheat Sheet, GOBankingRates, Celebritynetworth, Wealthygorilla, Forbes, and more. Based on a consensus from these sources, the final decision for ranking was judged editorially. Some were not included in the official statistics for various reasons, primarily due to the lack of necessary data. Just remember, these values and fluctuations are estimations based on a host of variables and publicly available documents. The margin of sampling error for the full data sample is plus or minus 1.2 percentage points. In addition to sampling error, one should bear in mind that as in all research, there are possible sources of error—such as coverage, non-response, and measurement error——that could affect the results. All figures in US dollars.
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