America is the land of the free and the home of the billionaires. Though the country is full of young entrepreneurs, much of U.S. wealth comes from “old money,” meaning it comes from families that have been rich for generations.
Old money families usually have ties spanning different industries. In one way or another, those original businesses that made them rich still exist today. But some of the richest families in America are also the most secretive. While we’ve all heard of the Kardashians and the Hiltons, many of America’s most influential family empires keep a low profile and keep their money a secret.
Sometimes they just prefer to stay out of the spotlight. Other times they want to skim over some past controversy. But make no mistake: their massive wealth makes them some of the country’s most influential families in American history.