There are many ways to get rich but the easiest is to be born into a wealthy family. Who are the people who came into this world with the shiniest of silver spoons in the mouth? We set out to answer that question by uncovering who is currently the richest family in the world.
Read on for 10 of the world’s richest families, ranked from the least wealthy family to the wealthiest family in the world.
The Richest Family In The World 2018
10. The Cox Family
The heirs of James M. Cox still own a 99 percent stake in Cox Enterprises, which he founded in 1898. The children of his daughters Anne Cox Chambers and Barbara Cox Anthony are worth $34.99 billion between them.
9. The Ambani Family
Mukesh Ambani is the richest person in India, with a net worth of $40.1 billion. His brother Anil is worth $2.7 billion, making the Ambani’s one of the richest families not only in India but in the world.
8. The Bettencourt Family
Bloomberg estimates Françoise Bettencourt Meyers’ net worth at $46.6 billion, making her the world’s richest woman and the second-richest person in France. She is the granddaughter of L’Oréal founder Eugène Schueller.
7. The Albrecht Family
Germany’s Albrecht family owns the Aldi Nord and Trader Joe’s retail chains. Between them, the families of cousins Karl Albrecht Jr. and Theo Albrecht Jr. have a combined net worth of $50 billion.
6. The Slim Family
Mexican telecom tycoon Carlos Slim Helu has a fortune of $67.1 billion, according to Forbes, and is also known as one of the world’s thriftiest billionaires. His six children have all chosen to follow business careers too.
5. The Arnault Family
With a net worth of $72 billion according to Forbes, Bernard Arnault is the richest person in France. He heads luxury goods group LVMH and his children, Delphine and Antoine, has high-ranking positions within the group too.
4. The Ortega Family
Zara’s Amancio Ortega and his daughter Sandra Ortega Mera are the wealthiest and second wealthiest people in Spain, respectively. Between them, they have a net worth of $76.9 billion, according to Forbes. They’re based in A Coruna in Spain.
3. The Mars Family
Siblings Jacqueline and John Mars each have a fortune of $30.3 billion, according to Bloomberg. The six members of the Mars family listed among the 500 richest billionaires on Bloomberg’s billionaire index have a combined worth of $90.76 billion.
2. The Koch Family
The Koch family’s wealth comes from Koch Industries, which was started as an oil business by Fred C. Koch. Forbes lists Charles and David Koch’s combined net worth as $120 billion, placing both brothers firmly among the world’s wealthiest people. The other two brothers, Frederick and William, aren’t too bad off themselves, with William being a billionaire too.
1. The Walton Family
The heirs to the Walmart fortune are the richest family in the world. Siblings Rob, Jim and Alice Walton, their sister-in-law Christy and Christy’s son Lukas have a combined net worth of $146.5 billion between them, according to Bloomberg. Alice Walton is also one of the richest women in the world.