The 7 Most Powerful Families In Politics And Business

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Do you believe in the Illuminati?

Whether or not there's a secret society controlling all of the world's finances, made up of all the most powerful people in the world remains to be seen. We do know that some people are born into power, though.

The backbone of politics and business in so many countries ends up being the result of just a few families. Even today, we can see how the most powerful families control politics and industry in our own country.

In this post, we'll be talking about those families. Specifically, the 7 most powerful families that control the world. If you think the Bush and Clinton families have had a lot of power and influence over the last few decades, just wait until you read about these 7 influential lineages.

It's scary to think that so few people control so much, but sometimes it all boils down to who you know... or who your parents are. Let's dig in a little more and find out how these families got so much power in politics and business.

The Most Powerful Families in the World

Most of these powerful families have long lineages of uninhibited power dating back unfathomable amounts of time. In other parts of the world, we can see the effects of power over centuries.

In America, however, most of the power and money is relatively new. As we've seen though, it doesn't always have to take centuries to build-up immense power and capital in this world. Ask a dark journalist and they'll show you the lengths families will go to obtain and keep power. Here they are.

1. The House of Saud

As the current ruling family in Saudi Arabia, The House of Saud is said to have 15,000 members. Family reunions must get a little rambunctious with all that money and power. Their power is so ingrained in the fabric of the country that (you may have guessed) Saudi Arabia is actually named after the family.

The head of the family is Salman bin Abdulaziz, the King of Saudi Arabia, the most oil-rich place on the planet. This means that they've got unlimited wealth at their fingertips. 15,000 family members is a lot of wealth to have to spread, however.

2. The Rothschild Family

Like the House of Saud, the Rothschild Family traces its lineage back into the 1700s. Meyer Amschel Rothschild was a genius banker based out of Hamburg, but that's not where his power was limited to.

He eventually rose to international prominence and sent each of his 5 sons to different countries to open banks and extend his dynasty all over Europe. All of their sons were sent to do the same. 

During the 18th century, the Rothschild family was the stabilizing force behind most of the world's currencies and they made good money doing it. At the height of the Rothschild dynasty, they were the richest family the world had ever seen.

With that came many stories. It's been rumored that the Rothschilds were behind presidential assassinations, funded the Nazi regime, and created and funded both sides of every war since the 1800s to make money.

3. The Koch Family

The Koch family is one of the most hated in all of America. Koch Industries is the second-largest privately owned company in the US, valued at $100 billion dollars. The company was started as Wood River Oil and Refining in 1940 by Fred C. Koch after he came up with an innovative method in the crude oil refining process.

Fred is dead now, but his company is under the control of two of his four sons, Charles and David (who just passed away at age 79). Aside from the Koch company and its subsidiaries, the brothers are known for being extremely influential in American politics.

Most Republican political candidates rely on their donations and subsequently do their bidding once in power.

4. The Kennedy Family

The Kennedy's have been synonymous with American politics since the 1940s. Between 1947 and 2011, there was always a Kennedy holding some form of political office in the United States. 

The power of the Kennedy family lies less in finances and influencing politicians because they themselves were able to directly influence things. JFK was one of the most popular presidents in US history.

Of course, his life ended in tragedy, but what is remarkable about this family is that they've been marred by tragedy over and over. There have been several untimely deaths, scandals, and drug problems. This doesn't make them any less powerful, however, as their influence has been felt in the fabric of American politics.

5. The Rockefeller Family

The American counterpart to the Rothschild family is the Rockefeller family. Their story is an apt representative of the American dream that was popularized in the early part of the 20th century. 

The family head, John D. Rockefeller, was born into poverty and died as the single richest man in America. At one point, Standard Oil controlled 90% of the oil in America, so when he died, a mass amount of wealth was passed on to his many descendants.

As generations passed, the Rockefellers became bankers, socialites, and politicians. They remain one of the most powerful families in America, though an accurate estimation of their wealth is unknown. Conspiracy theorists love this family.

6. The Tata Family

With the rise of the Indian economy, the Tata family and their company TATA Group have accrued an insane $120 billion dollars in their business ventures. They started out as a steel company but now operate in food and drink, aerospace, and defense.

Their wealth has given them a lot of political influence at home, but it's beginning to spread as they become more involved in international affairs. Keep an eye on this family moving forward, as they seem to just be getting started.

7. The Walton Family

The Walton family owns only 52% of Walmart now, but that's earned them $500 billion in revenue. With a worth of $130 billion, they're the richest family in America and Walmart continues to be one of the largest corporations in the country.

They've also attained a huge amount of political influence and they know what to do with it. A few years ago, they campaigned for a minimum wage increase, not because they value their employees, but because they knew it would squash smaller businesses that couldn't afford to pay their workers. Diabolical!

Power Down the Line

As you can see, power and influence have often come through family ties in the past. In the digital age, however, we're seeing wealth creation come from a whole new type of person.

We'll see how this translates to the distribution of world power in the years to come, but these most powerful families remain among the most feared and revered on the planet.

While families like the Rockefellers and the Rothschilds have faded out of the public consciousness over time in favor of Bush's and Clintons, their influence and memory are still present today.

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