11 Most Powerful Families In Politics And Business

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Powerful families are pulling the strings behind the scenes in the world of geopolitics, business, and finance. Whether or not there's a secret society like the Illuminati 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 power families. Specifically, the 11 most powerful families that control the world. If you think the Buffett, Gates, Obama, or Bloomberg families have had a lot of power and influence over the last few decades, just wait until you read about these 11 influential lineages.

It's scary to think that about a dozen powerful families 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 the most powerful 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.

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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. 

The Kennedy family has some another political powerhouse in the making with Joe Kennedy III. The current congressman from Massachusetts is now making a run at the US Senate and could have plans for presidential aspirations. There is also Edward Kennedy Jr who also serves in Connecticut's Congress as a democratic state senator.

And although he's not a full member of the Kennedy family, after the divorce, Arnold Schwarzenegger was married to Kennedy clan member Maria Shriver and was Governor of California for about 6 years. 

It's safe to say that the Kennedy name in politics still hasn't lost all its luster and the Kennedy's aren't out of the political power game just yet.

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! 

8. The Bush Family 

One of the most powerful families in politics and business that spans 3 generations is the Bush family. Prescott Bush was a successful businessman and then became a Senator in Connecticut for 3 terms. 

His son George H.W. Bush had a very lengthy political career involving a run in Congress, UN Ambassador, CIA Director, Vice President, and President.

His son George W. Bush made a major impact in US and global politics during his 8 years as president of United States.

Even George W. Bush's brother Jeb Bush was Governor of Florida and ran for Republican candidate for president in 2016.

Pierce Bush, one of the youngest Bush family members in politics, just recently lost a race in Texas for a congressional seat. If this a sign that the Bush family power is in decline?

9. The Clinton Family

One of the most powerful families in Democratic politics today are the Clintons. Bill Clinton, despite his scandal and impeachment, was a very popular president serving 2 full terms during financial prosperity. Hillary Clinton was First Lady, then became a Senator of NY, served as Secretary Of State under Barack Obama, and nearly won the presidency as the first female in 2016.

While Bill and Hillary are mostly retired from politics, they still carry a lot of influence in the political and even business world. And if any of their children like Chelsea or grandchildren want to get into politics in the future, the Clinton name will go a long way. 

Although it would come with some baggage, an endorsement or campaign with Bill or Hillary Clinton could be very influential in any election.

10. The Trump Family

When it comes to the most powerful families in politics and business today, it's hard to leave out the Trump family. It all started with Fred Trump, who grew a real estate empire in New Jersey and New York in the 1960's and 1970's. 

He passed his fortune and knowledge to his son Donald. Donald Trump has enjoyed massive success worldwide in business, as president, and potentially a second term.

But it's not just Donald Trump in power. His wife Melania is obviously the First Lady which carries a lot of influence. His daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner are top advisors in his presidential cabinet. His sons Donald Jr and Eric play top roles in running Donald Trump's businesses and promoting his presidency. Even his young grandson Barron could become a business or political powerhouse in the future. 

11. The British Royal Family 

One of the most famously powerful families of all time, the British Royal Family is more of a symbol than a ruling power right now. But with a great deal of wealth, influence, and public relations power the Windsor royals still hold a lot of sway on the global stage, especially during a turbulent time of Brexit and nationalism.  The power of the British Royal Family may grow or decline after Brexit has been completed and after Queen Elizabeth passes way, only time will tell. And with Harry and Meghan splitting from the monarchy, the future of this powerful family is even more uncertain.

Political Power Down the Line

As you can see, political 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 in politics and business remain among the most feared and revered on the planet.

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

All 11 of these most powerful families still carry immense influence around the world in politics and business. If they aren't out in front of the spotlight, they are probably behind the scenes pulling the strings.

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