Key:
B - Born in Batter's Box: No significant family wealth
1 - Born on 1st Base: Significant family wealth, but less than $1 million
2 - Born on 2nd Base: Family wealth between $1 and $50 million
3 - Born on 3rd Base: Family Wealth more than $50 million
H - Born on Home Plate: Inherited their way onto the Forbes 400
Last NameFirst Name1995 Rank1996 Rank1997 Rank1995 Net Worth1996 Net Worth1997 Net WorthSt SourceHistoryBase
Alfondfamily66 47 40 620 875 1100 MEShoesFounded successful company B
Andersenfamily61 64 *650 700 *MNWindowsInheritance2
Asplundhfamily85 86 *500 560 *PATree trimming equipmentRuns successful company3
Bacardifamily10 10 10 1500 2000 2000 PRLiquorInherited successful companyH
Bancroftfamily*36 13 *1000 1900 CADow Jones and Co.InheritanceH
Barbeyfamily65 63 49 640 715 1000 CAInheritanceInheritedH
Belferfamily81 27 *525 1200 *NYOilInheritedH
Blausteinfamily12 19 11 1300 1300 1900 MDInheritanceInheritanceH
Blockfamily67 **600 **NYBlock Drug Co.InheritanceH
Breed family100 97 *430 470 *TXAirbagsFounded successful company1
Brittinghamfamily86 91 *500 525 *Mex.Ceramic TilesFounded successful company1
Brownfamily15 20 20 1300 1300 1700 KYWhiskeyInherited, runs successful companyH
Buschfamily14 11 14 1300 1600 1800 MOBeerInherited and run companyH
Campbellfamily43 37 39 850 1000 1100 HIInheritanceInheritanceH
Carterfamily64 93 *640 500 *TXDirect SalesFounded successful companyB
Carverfamily*100 **430 *IABandag, Inc.InheritanceH
Cayrefamily*31 **1100 *NYMediaFounded sucessful businessB
Chandlerfamily9 8 7 1600 2100 2500 CALA TimesInheritanceH
Clappfamily22 14 19 1200 1400 1700 WALumberInheritanceH
Clarkfamily76 72 *550 630 *NYSinger Sewing MachinesInheritanceH
Closefamily98 94 *480 500 *SCTextilesInheritanceH
Collierfamily17 15 26 1300 1400 1400 FLReal EstateInheritanceH
Coorsfamily50 74 50 770 600 1000 COBeerInherited, runs successful company3
Cowlesfamily79 82 *530 575 *MNNewspaperInheritanceH
Cullenfamily87 87 *500 550 *TXOil InheritanceInheritanceH
Damonfamily55 61 *700 750 *HIInheritanceInheritanceH
Davidsonfamily88 **500 **CASoftwareFounded successful companyB
Davisfamily6 7 8 1900 2300 2400 FLWinn-DixieInheritanceH
Daytonfamily35 38 38 975 1000 1100 MNInheritanceInheritanceH
de Youngfamily*16 **1400 *CAPublishingInheritanceH
De Youngfamily**23 **1500 CAPublishingInheritanceH
Demoulasfamily59 68 *675 675 *MASupermarketsInherited, runs successful company2
Dillonfamily62 69 *650 650 *NJInheritanceInheritanceH
Donnellyfamily11 17 15 1400 1400 1800 ILRR Donnelly and SonsInheritanceH
du Pontfamily1 1 1 10000 10500 14000 DEDupontInheritanceH
Durstfamily63 70 *650 650 *NYReal EstateInheritanceH
Fisherfamily**41 **1000 NYReal EstateInheritanceH
Flagler family89 **500 **FLInheritanceInheritanceH
Francefamily*88 **550 *FLAuto racingRun successful companyH
Goldmanfamily68 75 *600 600 *NYInheritanceInheritanceH
Gore family45 45 32 800 950 1300 DEGore-texFounded successful companyB
Gorman family77 96 *550 480 *MEL.L. BeanInherited, runs successful company3
Gottwaldfamily49 48 *770 875 *VAEthyl CorpInherited, runs successful company3
Graham family60 57 48 675 775 1000 DCWashington PostInherited, runs successful companyH
Gundfamily7 9 9 1900 2100 2200 OHInheritanceInheritanceH
Haeblerfamily40 49 46 930 860 1000 WIFragrancesInheritance, run co?H
Haworthfamily*62 **750 *MIHaworth Inc.Founded successful companyB
Hillenbrandfamily21 21 16 1200 1300 1800 INCasketsInherited, runs successful company3
Hixonfamily24 28 24 1200 1200 1500 CAInheritanceInheritanceH
Hoilesfamily*29 **1200 *CAPublishingInheritanceH
Horvitzfamily27 39 *1000 1000 *OHInheritanceInheritanceH
Houghtonfamily80 95 *530 500 *NYCorning GlassInherited and run successful companyH
Huber family90 92 *500 525 *NJManufacturingInherited and run successful company3
Hughesfamily33 40 43 1000 1000 1000 NEInheritanceInheritanceH
Idemafamily28 32 17 1000 1100 1800 MISteelcaseInherited, runs successful companyH
Jenkinsfamily30 22 31 1000 1300 1300 FLPublix Super MarketsFounded successful companyB
Johnson family8 **1600 **NJInheritanceInheritanceH
Jordanfamily38 46 35 935 950 1200 MAInheritanceInheritanceH
Klebergfamily52 54 *750 800 *TXLandInheritanceH
Kohlerfamily53 60 *750 770 *WIBathroom FixturesInherited, runs successful company3
Landeggerfamily56 65 *700 700 *NYPaper MillsInherited and run successful co.H
Lilly family16 12 18 1300 1500 1700 INPharmaceuticalsInheritanceH
Louisfamily25 23 27 1200 1300 1400 ILInheritanceInheritanceH
Lykes family32 33 37 1000 1100 1100 FLInheritanceInheritanceH
Mandelfamily**28 **1300 OHPremier Industrial Corp.Founded successful companyB
Martinfamily*66 **700 *FLBankingInheritanceH
McClatchyfamily91 73 *500 625 *CANewspapersInherited and run successful co.H
McGrawfamily46 51 36 790 850 1200 NYPublishingInherited and run successful co.H
Meadfamily34 50 45 1000 860 1000 WIPaperInherited and run successful co.H
Meijerfamily26 41 42 1200 1000 1000 MIRetailInherited and run successful co.H
Mellonfamily3 3 3 5400 5800 6200 PAInheritanceInheritanceH
Mennenfamily37 34 21 940 1100 1700 NJToiletriesInheritanceH
Minerfamily*76 **600 *CAOracle Corp.InheritanceH
Murphyfamily84 77 *510 600 *AROilInherited and run successful co.2
Nordstrom family13 24 12 1300 1300 1900 WARetailInherited and run successful co.H
Norrisfamily36 35 33 950 1100 1200 TXLennox IntnatlInherited and run successful co.H
O'Connorfamily72 99 *570 440 *TXInheritanceInheritanceH
O'Neillfamily82 80 *525 590 *CALandInheritanceH
Phippsfamlly**4 **4500 NYBessemer TrustInheritanceH
Pigottfamily48 58 *775 775 *WAPaccarInherited and run successful co.H
Pitcairnfamily19 25 *1200 1300 *PAInheritanceInheritanceH
Primmfamily51 90 *760 530 *NVCasinosInherited and run successful co.2
Pulitzerfamily39 42 34 930 1000 1200 MOInheritanceInherited, runs successful co.H
Reedfamily18 18 30 1300 1400 1300 WATimber LandInherited, runs successful co.H
Richardsfamily92 **500 **GAWireInheritanceH
Richardsonfamily41 55 47 870 800 1000 NCInheritanceInheritanceH
Robinsonfamily93 98 *500 450 *HILandInheritanceH
Rockefellerfamily2 2 2 6200 6500 7200 NYInheritanceInheritanceH
Rollinsfamily47 59 *785 775 *GAInheritanceInheritanceH
Sammonsfamily94 89 *500 550 *TXCableInheritanceH
Schwanfamily20 13 *1200 1500 *MNFoodInheritanceH
Scripps, E.W.family5 6 6 1900 2600 3600 OHNewspapersInheritanceH
Scripps, J.E.family58 43 44 700 1000 1000 MINewspapersInheritanceH
Searlefamily29 30 25 1000 1200 1500 ILInheritanceInheritanceH
Shoenfamily71 **580 **AZU-HaulFounded successful companyB
Smith, Byronfamily4 5 5 2200 2800 4000 ILInheritanceInheritanceH
Smith, Charles E.family75 78 *560 600 *DCReal EstateInvestmentsB
Smith, Davefamily*44 **1000 *MDBroadcastingRuns successful business2
Strykerfamily78 81 *540 580 *MIMedical suppliesInheritanceH
Stuartfamily54 52 *750 825 *WACarnation milkInheritanceH
Sulzbergerfamily97 79 *490 600 *NYNewspapersInheritanceH
Swigfamily83 83 *525 575 *CAReal EstateInheritanceH
Taylorfamily69 67 *600 700 *MAPublishingInherited and ran succesful co.H
Templefamily42 53 *860 825 *TXTimberInherited, runs successful co.3
Unanuefamily99 **480 **NJGoya FoodsInherited and run successful company3
Upjohnfamily31 4 29 1000 3200 1300 MIDrugsInherited successful companyH
Wardfamily95 84 *500 575 *MORussell Stover CandyRan successful comnpanyB
Watsonfamily73 85 *560 575 *CAInheritanceInheritanceH
Weyerhaeuserfamily23 26 22 1200 1300 1600 MNTimberInherited, runs successful companyH
Whittierfamily44 56 *800 800 *CAInheritanceInheritanceH
Wilmotfamily57 **700 **NYShopping CentersInherited, runs successful company3
Wirtzfamily74 71 *560 650 *ILSportsInheritanceH
WolfeFamily96 *500 **OHInheritanceInheritanceH
YatesFamily70 *600 **NMOilInheritanceH
TOTAL104935 118090 102900
(Only 50 families listed in 1997)