The Top 5 Wealthiest Families Around The Globe in 2022
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The Top 5 Wealthiest Families Around The Globe in 2022

December 14, 2022 Share

Who would’ve thought M&Ms could help build the exorbitant fortune behind one of the world’s wealthiest families in 2022?

Four years. That’s how long the Walton family, owners of the Walmart empire, and with more money in the bank than what is humanly imaginable, have been topping the list of the world’s wealthiest families. It’s funny though. Whilst we all know about he wealth and celebrity status of the likes of Elon Musk or Bernard Arnaut, the world’s richest families often opt for a more discreet approach… one which we’re ready to uncover.

From business moguls to food industry giants, here are some of the world’s wealthiest families.

The Waltons – $224.5 billion

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Over three generations, the Waltons have built an entire empire. Recently having bought the Denver Broncos for $4.65 billion this past summer, the consumer retail family from Arkansas are richer than the bottom 42% of Americans.

The Mars Family – $160 billion

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At a good 100 billion less than the Waltons, the Mars are still topping the charts with an exorbitant $160bn fortune. It’s peculiar to think that almost everyone in the world has likely tried one of their products (M&M, Milky Way, Snicker bars) at least once in their lifetime, but it sure helps explain their fortune.

The Koch Family – $128.8 billion

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An oil family in its (not so humble) origins, the Koch family are the third richest family in the world. 3 generations and some fraternal feuds later and the family latest move includes the selling of a 340,000-acre Montana ranch for $200 million.

The Al Saud Family – $105 billion

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Saudi Arabia’s 90-year old monarchy hones a collective fortune fruit of the oil reserves, but not without its fair share of scandals along the way. There was the assassination back in 1975 of King Faisal by his very nephew, or the fact that Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud was an early backer of Elon Musk Twitter ventures.

The Hermès Family – $94.6 billion

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Six generations and a Birkin later, the Hermès family makes the top 5 of the world’s wealthiest families list with an accumulated wealth of $94.6 billion. Names such as Pierre-Alexis Dumas or Axel Dumas probably ring a bell as some of the family’s most senior positioned members.

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