The People Who Run The World

America's Richest Families:

Walton 6 relatives. Combined net worth: $93 billion. Source: Wal-Mart, founded by Sam Walton in 1962, with revenues of $405 billion in 2010.

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Koch 3 brothers. Combined net worth: $54 billion.  Brothers David and Charles own large stakes in $100 billion (revenues) Koch Industries, which operates pipelines, produces fertilizer, chemicals, polymers and owns forestry company Georgia Pacific.

Mars 3 siblings. Combined net worth: $41.4 billion. Siblings share ownership of Mars, the world’s largest confectioner, maker of M&Ms, Milky Way and 3 Musketeers and a long list of others. Revenue: nearly $32 billion.

Cox 3 relatives Combined net worth: $24 billion. Family members share ownership of Cox Enterprises, whose assets include cable company Cox Communications and newspaper, TV and radio group Cox Media. Jim Kennedy, grandson of the founder, is the chairman of Cox Enterprises.

Pritzker 11 relatives.  Combined net worth: $19.6 billion. The family inherited pieces of a diversified fortune that includes Hyatt Hotels and host of industrial assets that were built up A.N. Pritzker and his sons Jay (d. 1999) and Robert.

Cargill 7 relatives. Combined net worth: $14.3 billion. Seven members of the Cargill and MacMillan families inherited stakes agribusiness giant Cargill Inc., which had revenues of $119.5 billion in the fiscal year through May 2011.

Duncan 4 siblings. Combined net worth: $13.6 billion. Siblings inherited their wealth from their father Dan Duncan, who built Enterprise Products into an energy company that owns 49,000 miles of pipelines.

Ziff 3 brothers. Combined net worth: $12.6 billion. Brothers share ownership of Ziff Brothers Investments, a diversified portfolio of hedge funds, real estate, equities and commodities. Their father built the Ziff-Davis publishing  empire.

Newhouse 2 brothers. Combined net worth: $12.5 billion. Brothers S.I. and Donald run newspaper and media company Advance Publications (owner of magazine publisher Conde Nast) and own stock in Discovery Communications.

S. C. Johnson 5 relatives. Combined net worth: $11.5 billion.  H. Fisk Johnson is CEO of household products company S.C. Johnson, with $9 billion in revenues.

Hearst 5 relatives. Combined net worth: $9.8 billion. Five grandchildren of the late media baron William Randolph Hearst own stakes in Hearst Corp., which has newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations, and stakes in cable networks ESPN, Lifetime, and A&E. The family’s stake in ESPN is worth more than $6 billion.

Bass 4 brothers. Combined net worth: $9.5 billion. Brothers share an oil fortune originally created by their uncle, Sid Richardson.

Lauder 2 brothers. Combined net worth: $9.6 billion. Brothers Leonard and Ronald inherited stakes in cosmetics empire Estee Lauder from their mother, who died in 2004. They each own vast art collections.

Bechtel 2 relatives. Combined net worth: $6 billion. Father Stephen and son Riley own stakes in San Francisco-based engineering giant Bechtel Corp., the firm that built the Hoover Dam and the Chunnel.

Stryker 3 siblings. Combined net worth: $4.7 billion. Siblings inherited stake in medical device company Stryker, founded by their grandfather Homer H. Stryker.

Reyes 2 brothers. Combined net worth: $4 billion. Brothers Christopher and Jude oversee food and beer distribution conglomerate Reyes Holdings, with $14 billion in revenues.

Fisher 2 relatives Combined net worth: $3.5 billion. Doris Fisher and deceased husband Don founded retailer Gap.

Bill Gates

Bill Gates

$59 B55Medina, WashingtonMicrosoft
2Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett

$39 B81Omaha, NebraskaBerkshire Hathaway
3Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison

$33 B67Woodside, CaliforniaOracle
4Charles Koch

Charles Koch

$25 B75Wichita, Kansasdiversified
4David Koch

David Koch

$25 B71New York, New Yorkdiversified
6Christy Walton

Christy Walton

$24.5 B56Jackson, WyomingWal-Mart
7George Soros

George Soros

$22 B81Katonah, New Yorkhedge funds

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Sheldon Adelson

Sheldon Adelson

$21.5 B78Las Vegas, Nevadacasinos
9Jim Walton

Jim Walton

$21.1 B63Bentonville, ArkansasWal-Mart
10Alice Walton

Alice Walton

$20.9 B61Fort Worth, TexasWal-Mart
11S. Robson Walton

S. Robson Walton

$20.5 B67Bentonville, ArkansasWal-Mart
12Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg

$19.5 B69New York, New YorkBloomberg LP
13Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

$19.1 B47Seattle,
14Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

$17.5 B27Palo Alto, CaliforniaFacebook
15Sergey Brin

Sergey Brin

$16.7 B38Los Altos, CaliforniaGoogle
15Larry Page

Larry Page

$16.7 B38Palo Alto, CaliforniaGoogle
17John Paulson

John Paulson

$15.5 B55New York, New Yorkhedge funds
18Michael Dell

Michael Dell

$15 B46Austin, TexasDell
19Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer

$13.9 B55Hunts Point, WashingtonMicrosoft
20Forrest Mars

Forrest Mars

$13.8 B80Big Horn, Wyomingcandy
20Jacqueline Mars

Jacqueline Mars

$13.8 B71The Plains, Virginiacandy
20John Mars

John Mars

$13.8 B75Jackson, Wyomingcandy, pet food
23Paul Allen

Paul Allen

$13.2 B58Mercer Island, WashingtonMicrosoft, investments
24Phil Knight

Phil Knight

$13.1 B73Hillsboro, OregonNike
25Carl Icahn

Carl Icahn

$13 B75New York, New Yorkleveraged buyouts
26Donald Bren

Donald Bren

$12 B79Newport Beach, Californiareal estate
26Anne Cox Chambers

Anne Cox Chambers

$12 B91Atlanta, Georgiamedia
26Ronald Perelman

Ronald Perelman

$12 B68New York, New Yorkleveraged buyouts
29Abigail Johnson

Abigail Johnson

$11.7 B49Milton, MassachusettsFidelity
30James Simons

James Simons

$10.6 B73East Setauket, New Yorkhedge funds
31George Kaiser

George Kaiser

$10 B69Tulsa, Oklahomaoil & gas, banking
32Len Blavatnik

Len Blavatnik

$9.5 B54London, N/Adiversified
33Harold Simmons

Harold Simmons

$9.3 B80Dallas, Texasinvestments
34Jack Taylor

Jack Taylor

$9 B89St. Louis, MissouriEnterprise Rent-A-Car
35Steve Cohen

Steve Cohen

$8.3 B55Greenwich, Connecticuthedge funds
36Harold Hamm

Harold Hamm

$7.5 B65Oklahoma City, Oklahomaoil & natural gas
37Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch

$7.4 B80New York, New YorkNews Corp
38James Goodnight

James Goodnight

$7.1 B68Cary, North CarolinaSAS Institute
39Philip Anschutz

Philip Anschutz

$7 B71Denver, Coloradoinvestments
39Andrew Beal

Andrew Beal

$7 B58Dallas, Texasbanks, real estate
39Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

$7 B56Palo Alto, CaliforniaApple, Pixar
39Patrick Soon-Shiong

Patrick Soon-Shiong

$7 B59Los Angeles, Californiageneric drugs
43Samuel Newhouse

Samuel Newhouse

$6.6 B83New York, New YorkConde Nast
44Ray Dalio

Ray Dalio

$6.5 B62Greenwich, Connecticuthedge funds
44Edward Johnson

Edward Johnson

$6.5 B81Boston, MassachusettsFidelity
46Charles Ergen

Charles Ergen

$6.4 B58Denver, ColoradoEchoStar
46Richard Kinder

Richard Kinder

$6.4 B66Houston, Texaspipelines
48Eli Broad

Eli Broad

$6.3 B78Los Angeles, Californiainvestments
48Leonard Lauder

Leonard Lauder

$6.3 B78New York, New YorkEstee Lauder
50Pierre Omidyar

Pierre Omidyar

$6.2 B44Honolulu, HawaiiEbay
50Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt

$6.2 B56Atherton, CaliforniaGoogle
52Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren

$6.1 B71New York, New YorkRalph Lauren
53Jim Kennedy

Jim Kennedy

$6 B63Atlanta, Georgiamedia
53Blair Parry-Okeden

Blair Parry-Okeden

$6 B60Scone, N/Amedia
55Donald Newhouse

Donald Newhouse

$5.9 B81Somerset County, New JerseyConde Nast
55Ira Rennert

Ira Rennert

$5.9 B77Sagaponack, New Yorkinvestments
57Charles Butt

Charles Butt

$5.7 B73San Antonio, Texassupermarkets
58David Geffen

David Geffen

$5.5 B68Malibu, Californiamovies, music
59Jeffrey Hildebrand

Jeffrey Hildebrand

$5.3 B52Houston, TexasOil
60Richard DeVos

Richard DeVos

$5 B85Holland, MichiganAmway
60Richard LeFrak

Richard LeFrak

$5 B66New York, New Yorkreal estate
60Frederik G.H. Meijer

Frederik G.H. Meijer

$5 B91Grand Rapids, Michigansupermarkets
60Thomas Peterffy

Thomas Peterffy

$5 B67Greenwich, Connecticutdiscount brokerage
60David Tepper

David Tepper

$5 B54Livingston, New Jerseyhedge funds
60Dennis Washington

Dennis Washington

$5 B77Missoula, Montanaconstruction, mining
66Robert Rowling

Robert Rowling

$4.7 B57Dallas, Texasinvestments
66Stephen Schwarzman

Stephen Schwarzman

$4.7 B64New York, New Yorkinvestments
66Sam Zell

Sam Zell

$4.7 B69Chicago, Illinoisreal estate, private equity
69Rupert Johnson

Rupert Johnson

$4.5 B70Burlingame, CaliforniaFranklin Resources
69John Malone

John Malone

$4.5 B70Elizabeth, Coloradocable television
69John Menard

John Menard

$4.5 B71Eau Claire, WisconsinRetail
72Charles Johnson

Charles Johnson

$4.4 B78Hillsborough, Californiafinancial services
73Ray Lee Hunt

Ray Lee Hunt

$4.3 B68Dallas, Texasoil, real estate
73Bruce Kovner

Bruce Kovner

$4.3 B66New York, New Yorkhedge funds
75Micky Arison

Micky Arison

$4.2 B62Bal Harbour, FloridaCarnival Cruises
75Leonard Stern

Leonard Stern

$4.2 B73New York, New Yorkreal estate
75Daniel Ziff

Daniel Ziff

$4.2 B39New York, New Yorkinvestments
75Dirk Ziff

Dirk Ziff

$4.2 B47North Palm Beach, Floridainvestments
75Robert Ziff

Robert Ziff

$4.2 B45New York, New Yorkinvestments
80Sumner Redstone

Sumner Redstone

$4.1 B88Beverly Hills, CaliforniaViacom
81John Paul DeJoria

John Paul DeJoria

$4 B67Austin, Texashair products, tequila
81David Green

David Green

$4 B69Oklahoma City, OklahomaHobby Lobby
81William Koch

William Koch

$4 B71Palm Beach, Floridaoil, investments
81Roger Wang

Roger Wang

$4 B62Nanjing, Jiangsuretail
85Leslie Wexner

Leslie Wexner

$3.8 B74New Albany, Ohioretail
86Henry Kravis

Henry Kravis

$3.7 B67New York, New Yorkleveraged buyouts
86Gordon Moore

Gordon Moore

$3.7 B82Woodside, CaliforniaIntel
88Robert Bass

Robert Bass

$3.6 B63Fort Worth, Texasoil, investments
88Jin Sook & Do Won Chang

Jin Sook & Do Won Chang

$3.6 B56Beverly Hills, Californiaretail
88Trevor Rees-Jones

Trevor Rees-Jones

$3.6 B60Dallas, TexasOil & Gas
91John Arnold

John Arnold

$3.5 B37Houston, Texashedge funds
91Dustin Moskovitz

Dustin Moskovitz

$3.5 B27San Francisco, CaliforniaFacebook
91Henry Ross Perot

Henry Ross Perot

$3.5 B81Dallas, Texascomputer services, real estate
91John Sall

John Sall

$3.5 B63Cary, North CarolinaSAS Institute
91Charles Schwab

Charles Schwab

$3.5 B74Atherton, Californiadiscount brokerage
96Dannine Avara

Dannine Avara

$3.4 B47Houston, Texaspipelines
96Gayle Cook

Gayle Cook

$3.4 B77Bloomington, Indianamedical devices
96Scott Duncan

Scott Duncan

$3.4 B28Houston, TexasPipelines
96Milane Frantz

Milane Frantz

$3.4 B42Houston, TexasPipelines
96Bruce Halle

Bruce Halle

$3.4 B81Paradise Valley, ArizonaDiscount Tire