10 Richest Family Dynasties in History

According to CNBC, there are 2,208 billionaires in the world. While some of them are self-made, most of them come from wealthy families and are used to the luxury and responsibilities their family's wealth brings.

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Some dynasties seem to have always been rich. Most of them are part of royal families that have ruled countries for centuries, which proves that huge wealth and power are often linked. In this case, the end of a dynasty can mean a revolution that will change the course of history forever.

Curious? Keep scrolling and find out more about some of the richest dynasties in history.

10 Dumas family - $49 billion

In the 19th Century, Thierry Hermès was an orphan with a talent for crafting leather pieces, especially custom saddles, which charmed various royal families in Europe.

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His son carried on his legacy and Hermès became one of the most prominent brands in the fashion industry. He opened a shop on 24 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris, France. The brand still has this shop, but they have expanded to several other locations.Probably the most expensive item in a Hermes shop is the exclusive Birkin purse.

The family is worth $49 billion and the cousins Pierre-Alexis and Axel Dumas are responsible for the company today.

9 British Royal family $88 billion

The British Monarchy is worth $88 billion, according to Forbes. But the value doesn't include only family assets and investments; the British royal family is also a valuable brand that involves the tourism industry.

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Many people are fascinated by the most famous Royal family in the world and every event involving the family makes the news: relationships, weddings, travels, and the list goes on. Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have a significant impact on the fashion industry.

Queen Elizabeth II has a net worth estimated on $553 million and she is one of the wealthiest monarchs in the world.

8 Mars Family - $ 90 billion

The Mars family is one of the wealthiest dynasties in America and you probably helped them to build their fortune. The Mars company is responsible for making Snickers, Mars Bars, Milky Way Bars, Twix, and M&M's, which are all very popular across the world. At least 400 million M&M's are produced every day in the US alone.

The family is very private and tries to stay out of the headlines. Even the company's headquarters is anonymous. But at least six people from the Mars family made it into the Forbes list as the wealthiest people in the world. They have $90 billion combined.

7 Koch family - $92 billion

This family's fortune started when Fred C. Koch, an MIT engineer, bought part of the Keith-Winkler Engineering Company of Wichita in 1935. The company was responsible for developing a new gasoline refinement that revolutionized the industry.

The company opened some refineries in Europe and made a considerable profit. The Keith-Winkler Engineering Company of Wichita had commercial relations with the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. Years later Fred bought Rock Island Oil and Refining Company. Two of his sons, Charles and David, are still among the wealthiest people in the world. Their fortune together is evaluated to be over $92 billion.

6 Walton family - $155 billion

Sam Walton created Walmart in 1961. As we all know, this endeavor paid off on a massive scale for the Walton family. Walmart is one of the most valuable companies in the world and had a $500 billion revenue in 2018, according to the Fortune Global 500 list.

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The Walton family has a fortune evaluated at nearly $152 billion, making them the wealthiest family in America. Walton was married to Helen Robson, and together they had four children: Robson, John ( who died in a plane crash in 2005), Jim, and Alice. He died in 1992 and left the company to his children.

5 Vanderbilt - $200 billion

The fortune of the Vanderbilt family started with Cornelius Vanderbilt, who in 1810, borrowed $100 from his mother and bought a small passenger boat in New York. The business did well and he expanded it to steamboats. His next move was to build theNew York Central railroad.

When he died, he had around $100 million ( that means $200 billion today). His family was once among the wealthiest dynasties in the world, but they've since lost a lot of money. Among the most famous names in the family are stylist Gloria Vanderbilt and CNN journalist Anderson Cooper.

4 Romanov - $300 billion

The Romanov family was one of the most influential and wealthy families who ever existed. They ruled Russia for more than three centuries and they were the last dynasty to control the country. Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Alexander I, and Nicholas II were the most prominent names of this family.

Their power ended in 1917 when the Bolshevik executed Nikolai Alexandrovich Romanov. His wife Alexandra and their five children were also killed on the same night. It was not until 2007 that anthropologists found the remains of the last two children.

They had a fortune evaluated at $300 billion.

3 Qatar's Royal family - $335 billion

The House of Thani rules Qatar since the 19th Century. Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani is the youngest Emir to lead the country.

It seems there is nothing money can't buy for them. When Tamim was a teenager, he wasn't able to play tennis as well as the German player Boris Becker, so his family brought Becker to Qatar to give private lessons. The country will also receive the next World Cup in 2022, which will cost nearly $200 billion.

There is not much information about the family's personal life.

2 Kuwaiti royal family - $360 billion

The Al-Sabah family has ruled Kuwait since 1752 and they have a fortune evaluated at $360 billion. The Sheik Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah is the current leader of the country.

In 1990 the family was worth $90 billion, but their fortune had a significant increase in the last two decades. They have invested in US stocks and shares that became very valuable and now their wealth might be worth four times more than it was in the '90s. Some specialists also say that the family owns part of the blue ship companies in the US.

1 Saud Royal Family - $1.4 trillion

Most people believe that the British Royal Family is the wealthiest dynasty among royals in the world. Although they have a net worth estimated at $88 billion, their fortune can't be compared to the Saud Royal Family, that is estimated at $1.4 trillion.

Most of their wealth comes from oil. The family knows how to spend their money and have purchased things like French chateau ($300 million), a yacht ($500 million), and even a Da Vinci painting ($450 million).

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