In life we’re told to put family before work, but for some the two worlds are one and the same. In fact, for these 20 families – who are, according to Forbes, the richest in America – business is everything. Yes, through generations of hard work these clans are now the heads of thriving multinational corporations, and as a result they’ve amassed some truly eye-popping fortunes.
20. Brown family – $12.3 billion
In 1870 salesman George Garvin Brown founded Brown-Forman, and it’s blossomed from a $5,500 startup to become one of the world’s premier liquor suppliers. Plus, following the success of flagship whisky brand Old Forester, the family firm grew further after it acquired Jack Daniel’s in 1956. Nowadays, Brown’s descendants – including his great-grandson George Garvin Brown IV, the company chairman – have a whopping $12.3 billion fortune.