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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 Saudi Arabia, 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

RankNameNet WorthOrigin of Wealth
1Walton Family$247 billionWalmart
2Koch Family$100 billionDiversified
3Mars Family$94 billionCandy
4Cargill-MacMillan Family$47 billionCargill Inc.
5Lauder Family$40 billionEstee Lauder
6S.C. Johnson Family$37 billionCleaning products
7(Edward) Johnson Family$36 billionMoney management
8Cox Family$34.5 billionMedia
9Pritzker Family$32.5 billionHotels, investments
10Newhouse Family$30 billionMagazines, newspapers
11Duncan Family$22 billionPipelines
12Hearst Family$21 billionHearst Corp.
13Brown Family$20.4 billionLiquor
14Marshall Family$18.5 billionDiversified
15Butt Family$17.8 billionSupermarkets
16Busch Family$17.6 billionAnheuser -Busch
17Du Pont Family$16 billionDuPont
18Hunt Family$15.5 billionOil
19Dorrance Family$15 billionCampbell Soup Co.
20Ziff Family$14.5 billionPublishing
21Cathy Family$14.2 billionChick-fil-A
22Stryker Family$14 billionMedical equipment
23Goldman Family$13.2 billionReal estate
24Rollins Family$13.1 billionOrkin pest control
25Gallo Family$12.4 billionWine, liquor
26Reyes Family$12 billionFood & beer distribution
27Kohler Family$11.7 billionPlumbing products, sinks
28Mellon Family$11.5 billionBanking
29Smith Family$11.3 billionTools, banking
30Bass Family$10.9 billionOil, investments
31Sackler Family$10.8 billionPain medicines
32Johnson Family$10.7 billionJohnson & Johnson
33Marriott Family$10.4 billionHotels, investments
34Crown Family$10.3 billionInvestments
35Hughes Family$10.2 billionPublic Storage Inc.
36Pigott Family$10.1 billionTrucks
37Shoen Family$9 billionU-Haul
38(Don & Doris) Fisher Family$8.9 billionThe Gap
39Jenkins Family$8.8 billionPublix Super Markets
40Chao Family$8.7 billionChemicals
41(Charles & Rupert) Johnson Family$8.6 billionMutual funds
42Phipps Family$8.5 billionCarnegie Steel, Bessemer Trust
43Rockefeller Family$8.4 billionOil
44E.W. Scripps Family$8.3 billionNewspapers
45Bechtel Family$8.2 billionConstruction, engineering
46Gore Family$8.1 billionGore-Tex
47Durst Family$8 billionReal estate
48Taylor Family$7.8 billionEnterprise Rent-A-Car
49Simplot Family$7.7 billionAgribusiness
50Barbey Family$7.3 billionRextiles, 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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