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For the majority of us, the only ways to see into a billionaire's lifestyle are through magazine pages and reality TV programs. However, a select few people are born into a life of luxury and social events. The majority of billionaires in America are descended from wealthy old families that pass on their inheritance from one generation to the next. Let's take a look at some of the richest heirs and heiresses in America in appreciation of their glitzy lifestyles.

Who Are The Richest Heirs and Heiresses In America

1. Charles Koch

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Net worth: $59.6 billion

Source of wealth: Koch Industries

Charles Koch is the business mastermind behind Koch Industries. He’s been the co-owner, chairman, and CEO since the company’s founding in 1967. Koch Industries is the company behind an incredible number of well-known brands, including Stainmaster carpet, Quilted Northern tissue, and Dixie Cups.

Charles is also a prolific and highly influential philanthropist. He has dedicated much of his time to maintaining the legacy of the Koch Family Foundation, a charitable organization that provides grants and scholarships to students and promising young artists. Charles is also a regular contributor to various political movements and organizations, including the Republican Party and the Cato Institute, a Libertarian think tank in Washington D.C.

According to Forbes, Charles Koch has a fortune of up to 59.6 billion USD. He and his late brother David inherited Koch Industries from their father. Koch Industries Corporation was founded in 1940 as an oil refining company.

2. Julia Koch

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Net worth: $59.6 billion

Source of wealth: Koch Industries

The wife of the late billionaire David Koch has a fortune of 59.6 billion USD. After her husband's death, she and her three children inherited 42% stake in Koch Industries.

The 60-year-old female billionaire is currently a member of the group's board of directors.

Do you know…?

She met David Koch through a blind date

Julia, 27, met her would-be husband, David, 50, via a blind date in 1991. The pair, however, did not instantly hit it off. “I’m glad I met that man because now I know I never want to go out with him,” she has been widely quoted as exclaiming at the time.

Later that year, though, the two would cross paths again at a party. She approached him after the latter had a near-death experience due to a plane crash.

After five years of dating, the couple tied the knot in 1996 at Koch’s home in Southampton, Long Island. They had three kids, David Jr. and Mary Julia, who attend Duke and Harvard, respectively, and John Mark, a student at a Manhattan prep school.

3. Jim Walton

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Net worth: $58.3 billion

Source of wealth: Walmart

The youngest son of the founder of Walmart has a fortune of up to $58.3 billion. Mr. Jim Walton owns 13% of the retail empire founded by his father in 1962. He sat on Walmart's board for more than a decade before giving up his seat to his son.

Jim never thought of joining his father’s business, despite struggles creating a living on his own, but had to join it following the death of his brother and no surviving heir.

Jim was a talented personality from the very start, which he showcased during his schooling at Bentonville High School, serving as his junior class’ president. After his school, he joined the football team and played at all-state levels as well as learned to fly a plane. After this, he graduated with BA (Marketing)joined the University of Arkansas in 1971, and started working at an entry-level in his father’s business, Walmart. With an experience of 4 years, he learned a lot about the business and moved to the family corporation, the Walmart Enterprises, in 1975.

4. Alice Walton

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Net worth: $57.5 billion

Source of wealth: Walmart

The only daughter of the founder of Walmart has a fortune of $ 57.5 billion. She focused on managing the arts, instead of working for Walmart like her brothers.

After inheriting her fortune in 1992, Alice focused on curating art rather than running the family business with her brothers. In 2011, Alice opened the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas, which boasts work from famous painters like Andy Warhol and Mark Rothko. With an estimated net worth of $57.5 billion in 2022, Alice is the second-richest woman in the world.

Though she’s one of the biggest beneficiaries of the family’s retail empire, Sam Walton’s only daughter (dubbed the “misfit” of the heirs in a 2013 Forbes profile) has steered mostly clear of working for the family business–when she was younger she held several positions at Walmart but never held any senior roles. She’s instead dedicated her time to passions like horse breeding and art collecting, opening the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in her hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas in 2011.

5. Rob Walton

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Net worth: $57.2 billion

Source of wealth: Walmart

The eldest of the Walmart founder’s children took over as chairman when his father died in 1992. The retailer grew from about 2,000 stores and 271,000 employees that year to 11,000 stores and more than 2.3 million employees in 2015, when he stepped down as chairman. He was replaced by his son-in-law, Greg Penner, who is part of the group slated to purchase the Denver Broncos; Walton still serves on the Walmart board of directors.

At $224.5 billion, the Waltons are the richest family in the world thanks to their massive stake in Walmart, the world's largest company by revenue.

Walmart is a retail behemoth. Founded by Sam Walton in Arkansas in 1962, Walmart is now the world’s largest company by 2021 revenues, with $524 billion and over 2.3 million U.S. associates.

6. MacKenzie Scott

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Net worth: $30.7 billion

Source of wealth: Amazon

After divorcing Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, MacKenzie Scott became a billionaire with a fortune of $ 30.7 billion. This female novelist received a quarter of her ex-husband's stock at Amazon.

Did MacKenzie Bezos start Amazon?

MacKenzie Scott met Jeff Bezos while working at the New York hedge fund D.E. Shaw, where they had offices near one another. They wed three months after they started dating. “I do remember the first time I heard him laugh,” she told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in 2005. “I met him at the hedge fund where we worked in New York … I would hear him laughing all day. I fell in love with his laugh.”

To follow Bezos’ dreams of launching an e-commerce site, Scott then drove them across the country to Seattle while he began formulating business plans for the start-up. As the story goes, they brainstormed the company’s name together and she supported him while Amazon was just a fledgling e-commerce site selling books. "I'm not a businessperson,” she once told CBS. “So to me, what I'm hearing when he tells me that idea is the passion and the excitement ... And to me, you know, watching your spouse, somebody that you love, have an adventure—what is better than that, and being part of that?"

7. John Mars

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Net worth: $29.7 billion

Source of wealth: Candy, pet food

John, now 86, and his siblings Jacqueline and Forrest Jr. (d. 2016) each inherited an estimated one-third of the candy firm started by their grandfather Frank Mars in 1911 after their father Forrest Mars Sr.died in 1999. John and Forrest Jr. , who were co-presidents of the company starting in 1975, oversaw its expansion into a diversified global empire spanning sweets, pet food and chewing gum.

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8. Jacqueline Mars

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Net worth: $29.7 billion

Source of wealth: Candy, pet food

Jacqueline Mars owns an estimated one-third of Mars, the world's largest candymaker, founded by her grandfather.

She worked for the company for nearly 20 years and served on the board until 2016.

Her son Stephen Badger is on Mars' board of directors.

Mars serves on the board of the National Archives and was formerly on the board of the Washington National Opera.

Her brother John owns an estimated third of Mars; her late brother Forrest Jr's. four daughters own the rest.

9. Miriam Adelson

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Net worth: $25.1 billion | Source of wealth: Casinos

Miriam earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Genetics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She then earned her medical degree from the Sackler Medical School at Tel Aviv University.

After earning her medical degree Miriam worked as an emergency room doctor at Rokach Hopsital in Tel Aviv. Around this time she married another doctor. They had two children before divorcing in 1980. She eventually rose to the position of chief internist at the hospital's emergency room.

She currently controls a 52% stake in casino operator Las Vegas Sands. The company was previously owned by her husband. However, he passed away at the age of 87 in early 2021.

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10. Leonard Lauder

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Net worth: $20.7 billion

Source of wealth: Estée Lauder

He owns about 20% of Estée Lauder, a cosmetics company founded in 1946 by his parents. Leonard Lauder ran the company as CEO for more than three decades before stepping down in 1999.

He and his brother, Ronald, co-chair the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation, which has awarded over $209 million to fund trials in 19 countries.

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