Chicago’s Pritzkers Among The 2018 World’s Richest Families

photo via Inside Philanthropy
photo via Inside Philanthropy

Some of the lifestyle products, shopping/retail destinations, pharmaceutical resources we enjoy today were created many many years ago dating as far back as the 1890’s by ingenious entrepreneurs who later went on to establish a conglomerate, passing the wealth down from generation to generation. Bloomberg has released their annual listings of the World’s richest families and one Chicago dynasty made the list.

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The Hermes bag you love to carry (or perhaps wish to one day own) was founded by Thierry Hermes who made riding gear for noblemen and thenJean-Louis Dumas turned  Hermes into a global giant in luxury fashion. Love getting your everyday items at a discount at Walmart? Thank Mr. Walton for that. Chanel, the privately held fashion empire that for the first time disclosed its total sales for the 2017 calendar year were nearly $10 billion, brothers Alain and Gerard Wertheimer are thanking grandpa Wertheimer for his investment in Madame Coco in the 1920s. Those slick new Samsung Galaxy phones? Korean Lee Byung-chull, started Samsung as a trading company in 1938. Whether traveling for business or personal, chances are you’ve stayed at a Hyatt Hotel. Jay Pritzker built the empire and his children and grand children are all benefitting from it. Check out the 2018 Wealthiest Families in The World including Chicago’s own Pritzker Family coming in at No. 15

1. WALTON

COMPANY: WALMART
WEALTH: $151.5 Billion
INDUSTRY: Consumer Retail
BASE: Bentonville, Arkansas

2. KOCH
COMPANY: KOCH Industries
WEALTH: $98.7 Billion
INDUSTRY: Industrial
BASE: Wichita, Kansas

3. MARS
COMPANY: MARS
WEALTH: $89.7 Billiion
INDUSTRY: confectionery, Pet Care
BASE: Mclean, Virginia

4. VAN DAMME, DE SPOELBERCH, DE MEVIUS
COMPANY: ANHEUSER-BUSCH INBEV
WEALTH: $54.1 Billion
INDUSTRY: Beverages
BASE: Belgium

5. DUMAS
COMPANY:Hermes
WEALTH: $49.2 Billion
INDUSTRY: Luxury Goods
BASE: Paris, France

6. WERTHEIMER
COMPANY: CHANEL
WEALTH: $45.6 Billion
INDUSTRY: Luxury Goods
BASE: Paris, France

7. AMBANI
COMPANY: Reliance Industries
WEALTH: $43.4 Billion
INDUSTRY: Industrial
BASE: Mumbai, India

8. QUANDT
COMPANY: BMW
WEALTH: $42.7B
INDUSTRY: Automotive
BASE: Munich, Germany

9. CARGILL, MACMILLAN
COMPANY: CARGILL
WEALTH: $42.3B
INDUSTRY: Industrial
BASE: Minneapolis, Minnesota

10. BOEHRINGER, VON BAUMBACH
COMPANY: Boehringer Ingelheim
WEALTH: $42.2B
INDUSTRY: Pharmaceuticals
BASE: Ingelheim, Germany

11. ALBRECHT
COMPANY: ALDI
WEALTH: $38.8B
INDUSTRY: Consumer Retail
BASE: Essen and Muelheim, Germany

12. MULLIEZ
COMPANY: AUCHAN
WEALTH: $37.5
INDUSTRY:
BASE

13. KWOK
COMPANY: Sun Hung Kai Properties
WEALTH: $34.0B
INDUSTRY: Real Estate
BASE: Hong Kong

14. COX
COMPANY: Cox Enterprises
WEALTH: $33.6B
INDUSTRY: Communications, Automitive
BASE: Atlanta, Georgia

15. PRITZKER
COMPANY: Hyatt Hotels
WEALTH: $33.5B
INDUSTRY: Hotels
BASE: Chicago, Illinois

16. LEE
COMPANY: SAMSUNG
WEALTH: $30.9B
INDUSTRY: Consumer Electronics
BASE: Seoul, South Korea

17. RAUSING
COMPANY: Tetra Pak
WEALTH: $30.9B
INDUSTRY: Packaging
BASE: London, UK

18. THOMSON
COMPANY: THOMSON REUTERS
WEALTH: $30.9B
INDUSTRY: Media
BASE: Ontario, Canada

19. JOHNSON (SC)
COMPANY: SC JOHNSON
WEALTH: $28.2B
INDUSTRY: Household Goods
BASE: Racine, Wisconsin

20. DASSAULT
COMPANY: Dassault Group
WEALTH: $27.8B
INDUSTRY: Diversified
BASE: Paris, France

21. DUNCAN
COMPANY: Enterprise Products Partners
WEALTH: $26.0B
INDUSTRY: Natural Gas and Crude Oil
BASE: Houston, Texas

22. HOFFMANN, OERI
COMPANY: Roche Holding
WEALTH: $25.1B
INDUSTRY: Pharmaceuticals
BASE: Basel, Switzerland

23. HEARST
COMPANY: HEARST CORPORATION
WEALTH: $24.5B
INDUSTRY: Media
BASE: New York, New York

24. LAUDER
COMPANY: ESTEE LAUDER
WEALTH: $24.3B
INDUSTRY: Cosmetics
BASE:

25. FERRERO
COMPANY: FERRERO
WEALTH: $22.9B
INDUSTRY: Confectionery
BASE: Alba, Italy

SOURCE: Bloomberg

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Bolaji Sosan
Bolaji Sosan

pronounced: Boh-la-jee, like the Bellagio but w/o the O. SLC Founder and Editor, loves to write about topics at the intersection of career and lifestyle for today's young professional and future leaders.

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