You have probably heard the theory that almost all the money in the world is controlled by the richest families. Some of them spend it on things they want and others prefer to live quiet lives. But there is one thing that is similar among all of them: their social status and their position in society that is surrounded by many mysteries. Some people think that these clans control the presidents of all the countries and the entire world.

We at Bright Side decided to put on our tin foil hats and made a compilation of families that most likely control this world.

The Rockefellers

There are legends around the amount of money the Rockefellers have. Nobody knows the exact number but according to different sources, it is estimated to be from $1 to 3 trillion. The family became famous thanks to John Rockefeller, the first ever millionaire. At the end of the 19th century, the family controlled 90% of the entire oil market in the US. Almost all modern oil companies of the US began with the Rockefellers.

Both world wars only made the family’s situation better. They helped both the German side and the allies. Now, aside from the banks and the oil, the Rockefellers do charity and earn cryptocurrency.

Conspiracy theorists believe that the members of the Rockefeller family are the chairmen of a secret world government and they follow the idea of the “Golden billion.”

The Morgans

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Multiple political theories believe that the Morgans determine the political course of the US and control all the banks in the world.

The first person in the Morgan clan John Pierpont Morgan started the first financial empire in the US. He sold weapons during the Civil War and was almost prosecuted for that. And in 1907, he stopped the collapse of the banking system.

Even now, the Morgans are one of the most influential families in the banking sphere. They have branches not only in the US but also in Europe. Some members of the family also used to control General Motors and General Electric.

The House of Saud

The House of Saud is the royal dynasty that has been ruling Saudi Arabia since 1932. The head of the family is king Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the number of family members in this dynasty is about 25,000.

The head of the family has the absolute political power and family members have important governmental and military positions. The family members of the House of Saud can get any job they want inside the country. They also control about 20% of the global oil reserves.

The Rothschilds

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The Rothschilds were one of the richest families in the world at the time of Napoleon. The dynasty was started by Mayer Amschel Rothschild. In Germany, he set up a huge banking business and created his own financial empire. When he was dying, Amschel left a will for his heirs where he expressed his views on how the empire should be controlled and the Rothschilds have been following these rules for more than 200 years.

There are have been a lot of different theories and rumors around their family. Some people say that they control all the money in the world and all the financial institutions. Others think that the Rothschilds sponsor and encourage most of the wars.

The amount of money the Rothschilds have is estimated to be around $2 trillion. They make investments, control trading and banking, and they own several vineyards and companies that produce oil and gas.

The Baruchs

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The Baruchs have less money than the Rothschilds and the Rockefellers but they definitely have way more influence. Bernard Baruch, the person who started this clan, was the advisor for 5 US presidents and a close friend of Sir Winston Churchill. He was the person who came up with the term “Cold War,” and he controlled the inventions of the atomic bomb. Some people think he was the person who created the world government.

There is very little information about the heir of the Baruch empire. He had 2 daughters and a son. His son, Bernard Baruch Jr. died in the 90s. There is no information about the grandchildren of Bernard. Some people believe that they are hidden on purpose and that they still control the US government.

The Waltons

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In 1962, Sam Walton opened the first Walmart store. This was how he made himself one of the richest people in the world. Over time, the Walmart chain became the biggest chain store in the US.

After Sam Walton’s death, the company has been controlled by his wife and 4 children. Aside from the supermarkets, the family controls Arvest Bank and they also own a collection of art pieces and run a family charity fund.

The House of Windsor

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The House of Windsor is the royal family of Great Britain. Currently, the head of the Windsor family is Queen Elizabeth II. She is the head of the Church and the Commander in Chief of Great Britain’s military forces.

Aside from Great Britain, Elizabeth II is the reigning monarch of 15 independent countries. Any politician would be jealous of the Queen’s ratings and there is nothing surprising about that. All the members of the royal family live modest lives, serve in the military, and do charity work.

The Murdochs

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The Murdochs started building their empire in Australia. Keith Murdoch was a political journalist in one of Melbourne’s newspapers. When Keith attained the position of the editor he increased the sales of the newspaper and later became the CEO.

His son Rupert was also a journalist. Once they had control of all of Australia’s leading media, they created News Corporation. Now, the Murdochs own 20th Century Fox, Fox News, Myspace, and Dow Jones. News Corporation was sued for illegal phone tapping of the royal family, celebrities, and bribery of the police and special forces.

Rupert is a very popular person in pop culture. He became the prototype of the villain in Tomorrow Never Dies, the TV series, Succession, and was mentioned in The Big Bang Theory and The Simpsons.

The Oppenheimers

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The Oppenheimers own most of the world’s gold reserves. The first person in the clan, Ernest Oppenheimer, moved to Kimberley, South Africa where he became the mayor of the town and then the head of one of the diamond companies. Soon, he monopolized the world diamond market.

Now, the diamond empire is ruled by Ernest’s grandson Nicky Oppenheimer. The family produces and sells not only diamonds but also gold, iron, platinum, and industrial minerals.

The Pritzkers

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This family of Jewish immigrants from Ukraine moved from Kiev to Chicago in 1881. The Pritzkers own the Hayat corporation. This is a hospitality company that sells hotels and tours to resorts. The company owns 777 hotels in 54 countries.

The Pritzkers have their own architecture award and now live in Chicago where they opened their architecture school. This family determines the way the city looks.

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