Food Families Dominate Forbes 'Most Wealthy' List
How rich is rich these days? According to the new Forbes list of the wealthiest families in America, your family has gotta have at least a billion—more than the gross domestic products of some entire nations.
Among them are several families for which food and drink have played a key role, but we’re not talking caviar and Champagne. No, the wealthiest food families of America climbed to the top with condensed soup, Tennessee whiskey, and candy bars.
Here are the top five wealthiest food families in America, according to Forbes:
5. The Brown Family ($11.6 Billion)
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The Brown family controls a majority stake in the Brown-Forman company, one of the largest liquor companies in the country. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Southern Comfort, Finlandia Vodka, and Woodford Reserve are just a few of the brands that contribute to the $3.78 billion in profit the company recorded last year. And of the country’s wealthiest clans, the Browns come in at number 20.
4. The Dorrance Family ($12.8 Billion)
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Members of the Dorrance family are the largest shareholders in the Campbell Soup Company, which rakes in about $8 billion a year. Although the company was founded in 1869 by Joseph Campbell, it was chemist John T. Dorrance who invented the formula for condensed soup in 1897. The Dorrances are the 18th wealthiest family in America.
3. The Busch Family ($13 Billion)
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