Now here’s a new article about the wealthiest families in the world, come with us to the world of richness. Insider Monkey has come up with a great compilation in this field. You’ve probably heard the names of the families on this list, but what you might notice is that their names don’t appear on lists such as Forbes’ even though one of the richest families in the world, Rothschild, has assets worth some 2 trillion dollars! Well, that’s because the wealth is divided among many members of said family, money may be kept privately, or the transactions they make are simply low-key. Truth of the matter is that we may never really, truly, know just how much money these families have, even though some of their members will make it onto Forbes’ yearly list.
Now without a further ado let’s see what Insider Monkey has investigated for us. We have picked three of the wealthiest families in the world from their list.
The first one is Cox. The Cox family has been very busy over the past hundred years or so. Dating back to the late 1800s, when James M. Cox purchased the Dayton Evening News, the family fortune grew as they bought more and more companies, including TV and radio stations. In no time, there was a Cox Communications and a Cox Media Group, to top the automotive assets they had. The fortune is spread among five grandchildren, according to Forbes the family fortune racks up to $41 billion nowadays. The next family is the Bettencourts. You may not know the Bettencourt name that well, but you’ve certainly heard about L’Oréal, haven’t you? The world’s largest cosmetics and beauty company was founded over 100 years ago by Eugene Schueller who, upon his death, left the company in the hands of his daughter, Liliane, now bearing the last name of Bettencourt after her marriage with a French politician. Liliane died in September 2017, leaving her fortune to daughter Françoise. While the L’Oreal empire may be a lot larger, Françoise Bettencourt-Meyer’s net worth is estimated at over $42 billion. At last, but not least let’s see the Slim family. Just a few years ago, Forbes crowned Carlos Slim as the word’s wealthiest man. Now, he’s dropped a few spots in the chart, down to number six, but he’s still the richest man in Mexico. Grupo Carso, which he controls, does business in many areas, including media, technology, industrial manufacturing, transportation, healthcare, sports, retail, energy, real estate, and more. Telmex, which is owned in 49.1% proportion by Slim and his family, for instance, controls about 90% of the Mexican landline telephone market.