Meet America’s richest families, courtesy of Forbes

Forbes’s list of richest families was released this week. Here are the top 10:


Jim Walton, left, Alice Walton, center, and Robson Walton, right, chairman of the board of directors of Walmart Stores Inc. (April L. Brown/AP)

1. Walton family
Net worth: $152 billion
Source of wealth: Wal-Mart

With $476 billion in revenue, Wal-Mart still reigns as the world’s largest retailer, a far cry from the company started by Sam Walton and his brother, James, in a small Arkansas town in 1962. The fortune they left is shared among Sam’s three living children and daughter-in-law, as well as James’s two daughters.


 


William Koch, left, Frederick Koch, right. (Photos by Getty)

2. Koch family
Net worth: $89 billion
Source of wealth: Diversified

Koch Industries is now the nation’s second-largest private company, with $115 billion in sales.


 


Forrest E. Mars and wife, Deborah, in 2002. (Gerald Martineau/The Washington Post)

3. Mars family
Net worth: $60 billion
Source of wealth: Candy

Mars is largest candy company in the world. The company, founded in 1911 by Frank Mars in Tacoma, Wash., invented M&M candies — more than 400 million are produced each day — along with Snickers, Skittles and the namesake Mars bar. Mars also makes Uncle Ben’s rice and owns pet food brands Pedigree and Whiskas.


 

The company logo is displayed at the Cargill plant in Springdale, Ark., Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Cargill plant in Springdale, Ark. (Danny Johnston/AP)

4. Cargill-MacMillan family
Net worth: $43 billion
Source of wealth: Cargill Inc.
Cargill is the largest privately held company in the country. It is invested in food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services on a global scale. So it’s no surprise the six family members who own an estimated 88 percent stake in the company are billionaires.

 


 


Abigail Johnson, left, Edward C. “Ned” Johnson, right. (Photos by Reuters)

5. Johnson family
Net worth: $39 billion
Source of wealth: Money management

Edward C. Johnson II founded Fidelity Investments in 1946. His son, Edward “Ned” Johnson III, and his grandchildren own 49 percent of the Boston-based firm, the country’s second largest mutual fund with $1.7 trillion under management.


 


William Randolph Hearst with his sons aboard the S.S. Rex in New York on Aug. 8, 1936. (AP)

6. Hearst family
Net worth: $35 billion
Source of wealth: Hearst Corp.

George Hearst acquired the San Francisco Examiner as compensation for a gambling debt. In 1887, George’s son, William Randolph Hearst (the alleged model for “Citizen Kane”), took over the paper. Soon thereafter he purchased the New York Journal and began building a media empire. According to Forbes, The Hearst livery now includes “49 newspapers, nearly 340 magazines around the globe, and valuable stakes in cable TV channels ESPN, Lifetime and A&E.”

 


 

Franklin D. Roosevelt, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, left, and James M.Cox, Democratic nominee for president in 1920, photographed at the White House when Roosevelt ran on the ticket as candidate for vice-president. President Woodrow Wilson named Roosevelt to the naval administration in 1913, a position he held until 1920. (AP Photo)
Franklin D. Roosevelt, assistant secretary of the Navy, left, and Ohio Gov. James M.Cox, the Democratic nominee for president in 1920. FDR was Cox’s running-mate in a filed bid for the White House. (AP Photo)

7. Cox family
Net worth: $32 billion
Source of wealth: Media

The Cox family, who run an Atlanta-based media empire, are worth an estimated $32 billion, according to Forbes. The holdings include Cox Communications, Cox Media Group, AutoTrader Group and Kelley Blue Book. Anne Cox Chambers is the majority owner, with a 50 percent stake, according to Forbes.

 


 



From left, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, Thomas J. Pritzker, chairman of the Hyatt Foundation, and Gigi Pritzker (Photos by AP)

8. Pritzker family
Net worth: $29 billion
Source of wealth: Hotels, investments

Eleven family members make up the Pritzker family, including Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. The family is most famous for owning the Hyatt hotel chain.

 


 

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR SC JOHNSON - Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson, right, and Beverly Tarnowski , second from right, react after a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the grand opening of the SC Johnson integrated Manufacturing and Engineering Technology center(iMET) at Gateway Technical college Tuesday, Feb.12, 2013, in Sturtevant, Wis. The newest addition to the college was supported through contributions from both SC Johnson and the Beverly Tarnowski family. The 18,000 square foot addition includes training in computer numerical control machining, industrial robotics and more. At the podium applauding is Dr. Bryan Albrecht, President and CEO, Gateway Technical college. (Jeffrey Phelps/AP Images for SC Johnson)
Fisk Johnson, chairman and chief executive of S.C. Johnson. (Jeffrey Phelps/AP Images for SC Johnson)

9. S.C. Johnson family
Net worth: $25.5 billion
Source of wealth: Cleaning products

The Johnson family is a leading maker of household products, including Pledge, Windex, Saran Wrap and, of course, car wax. The company started in 1886 as a small parquet flooring company in Racine, Wis.

 

 

 


 

Dan L. Duncan, Chairman and Co-Founder of Enterprise Products Partners. (Business Wire)
Dan L. Duncan, chairman and co-founder of Enterprise Products Partners. (Business Wire)

10. Duncan family
Net worth: $25.4 billion
Source of wealth: Energy

Born poor in rural Center, Tex., Dan Duncan was raised by his grandmother. He eventually struck it rich in natural gas, oil and petrochemical pipelines.


 

Nick Kirkpatrick is a digital photo editor at The Washington Post. Follow him on Instagram or on Twitter.
Justin Moyer is deputy editor of the Morning Mix.
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