The Bloomberg Billionaires Index lists the 25 wealthiest families in the world, and it also reports that these 25 families happen to have control over a whopping 1 trillion dollars of the entire globe’s money. These families are engaged in a variety of industries, from drugmakers to supermarkets, chocolates to beverage manufacturers. This is an insane amount of money – and we’re here to take a look at a couple of the families who are lucky enough to have the bulging bank accounts to make a list! While we all know of Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and the Rothschilds, here are some families you may not have known are as wealthy as they are.
No story of incredible inheritances could be complete without the inclusion of that of the Waltons! Rob Walton found himself inheriting billions of dollars after the passing of his father, the American businessman and founder of the retail chain Walmart, Samuel Moore Walton. Samuel Moore died in 1945, leaving Rob running the retail chain stores until his death in 1992. In 2016, a new generation of Walton’s took over the controls, when Steuart Walton took the reigns of the Walmart board. The family fortune is approximately $190 billion!
Close on the Waltons’ heels but still lacking plenty are the Koch family, boasting all of $99 billion! The Koch family ranks second place in this list of incredible inheritances, as their family fortune grew in their oil refinery firm, which was passed down from one generation to another, starting from Fred Koch in the 1980s. The Kochs even got into an infamous fight over how to control and manage their immense wealth! It was David, Charles, William, and Frederick, who inherited the firm. Still, David and Charles managed the company after William and Frederick decided to leave Wood River Oil and Refining Company. These two brothers saw annual profits of $110 billion! David Koch left the company due to his ill health when he turned 78.
Frank Mars’ hard work is raking in big rewards, long after his death. Frank passed in 1934, leaving the Mars Enterprises estate to his only child, Forrest Mars. This is the company responsible for M&Ms and Mars Bars, and a range of pet care products. The family is rarely photographed and has a revenue of a staggering 35 billion! This family has been in the world of business since 1883, and they continue holding a position as one of the biggest in the sweets and pet car industry, seeing a fortune of $89.7 billion.
The next time you are kicking back with a bottle of Budweiser, Corona, Stella Artois, Beck’s, or Leffe, think of the world’s biggest brewery empire – Anheuser-Busch InBev! The business has an impressive $54.6 billion in 2018 in sales! The Interbrewi empire has Belgian roots, with the lucky pack to have inherited it being De Spoelberch, son of Vicomte Werner de Spoelberch, De Mevius, son of Baron Eric de Mevius, and Van Damme.
Taking fifth place for the most significant inheritances across the globe is the grandson of Emile Dumas. He goes by the name Jean-Louis Dumas. Jean-Louis was fortunate to have had a chance to take over his family company and to earn fame for the enterprise of Hermes. He retired in 2006, but his work as chairman of the company carried the enterprise to great heights. Currently, the company’s CEO is Axel Dumas, who has inherited $49.2 billion!
Oh, what we would give to have a chance at wealth and riches by merely being born into the right family! Of course, winning the lottery is excellent, but if you are born into a wealthy family, you live a life of luxury straight off the bat – often with the promise that all will soon be yours. We think that’s far more attractive than any lottery! Of course, who doesn’t love the sudden riches that comes with a winning lottery ticket, too? Well, it seems that being rich and wealthy is a secret desire of almost everyone, and there are select few who have been lucky to have gotten riches handed over to them merely because of bloodlines. Blood is thicker than water, after all!