The richest family in America has their home state in Arkansas. The Walton family is well known throughout the world as one of the leading retail brands: Wal-Mart. Due to recent circumstances, they are in contention with the Bezos family for being the richest family in America, but the Waltons are the longest-running family and have topped the leaderboards for decades. What started as a small store in Arkansas has become a retail giant that is present in numerous locations, with franchises all over the world - mainly in North America.
In 1987, Sam Walton created a charitable foundation called the Walton Family Foundation. It is focused on charter schools, but after its inception encompassed more issues in its program, particularly around the environment and water sanitation standards. In 2016, most recently, Alice and Jim Walton placed a $250 million grant toward the building of charter school facilities. The Foundation has created an initiative that provides the charter schools with better access to capital which creates and expands their facilities.
Sometimes named the tech capital of the world, Silicon Valley has produced many entrepreneurs that have changed the world, with none more so famous (and infamous) as Mark Zuckerberg. The Zuckerberg family is valued at around $75 billion dollars, making them one of the richest families in America and the world. Currently, most of his fortune is held by Mark and his immediate family, as he was one of the youngest billionaires in the world in the early 2010s.
Mark Zuckerberg is credited with being the famous inventor of Facebook, which was (and still may be) the largest social media network in the world. It has revolutionized the way that people connect, including providing people with the ability to give instant feedback in the form of "likes" and other reactions. What started as a way for Harvard students and alumni to keep in touch with each other became a phenomenon throughout the world.
Since the debut of the film "The Social Network," Mark Zuckerberg's motives have been pulled into question, with the infamous Cambridge Analytica leak setting off a series of events that would start to tarnish the Zuckerberg name. His acquisition of Instagram and Snapchat and forming the "Meta" company blueprint have been grave indicators that Zuckerberg has lost his human element and turned into a corporate giant which aims to become the largest collection of data in the world.
The Bezos family is one such similar success, albeit a longer road. While there are families with multiple members, the Bezos family's wealth's lion's share is Jeff Bezos himself. Jeff Bezos is the founder of Amazon, which has become the largest global online retailer in the world. Since then, Amazon has grown to be part of many different types of vertical channels, which include cloud services, participation in the gig economy, and providing entrepreneurial tools. Amazon has come a long way from its humble beginnings of being an online book delivery store.