ferdinand_lundberg_authorAuthor: Ferdinand Lundberg

He received his M.A in the USA (Columbia University) and he worked as a journalist (“The Wall Street Journal” and the “New York Herald Tribune” among others…). He studied the history of the wealth and power that accompanies it.

americas-60“Ferdinand Lundberg wrote a book in the ‘30s that was one of the greatest examples of political reporting. It’s called America’s 60 Families. This would be our one-tenth of 1 percent—it’s about how 60 families controlled 95 percent of the wealth in the United States. I came across that book as I was researching the robber barons and I thought it was the greatest book” – Robert Caro

In how far these families are interwoven and intertwined, the author describes precisely, he also describes how these families monopolize the most important corporations of the USA, which operate worldwide.

Here you will find a small list of the families which, according to the tax records of 1924, were among the richest and thus the most powerful in the USA (NNDB – Notable Names Database):

1Rockefeller FamilyStandard Oil
2Morgan FamilyJ. P. Morgan & Co.
3Ford FamilyFord Motors
4Harkness FamilyStandard Oil
5Mellon FamilyAluminum Company
6Vanderbilt FamilyNY Central R&R
7Whitney FamilyStandard Oil
8Standard Oil FamiliesStandard Oil
9Du Pont FamilyDuPont
10McCormick FamilyInternational Harvester, Chicago Times
11Baker FamilyFirst National Bank
12Fisher FamilyGeneral Motors
13Guggenheim FamilyAmerican Smelting & Refining Co.
14Field FamilyMarshall Field’s
15Curtis-Boks FamilyCurtis Publishing Co.
16Duke FamilyAmerican Tobacco Company
17Berwind FamilyBerwind-White Coal Co.
18Lehman FamilyLehman Brothers
19Widener FamilyAmerican Tobacco Company, public utilities
20Reynolds FamilyR. J. Reynolds
21Astor FamilyReal estate
22Winthrop FamilyMiscellaneous
23Stillman FamilyCitibank
24Timken FamilyTimken
25Pitcairn FamilyPittsburgh Plate Glass Co. (now PPG Industries)
26Warburg FamilyKuhn, Loeb & Co.
27Metcalf FamilyRhode Island textile mills
28Clark FamilySinger Sewing Machine Co.
29Phipps FamilyCarnegie Steel
30Kahn FamilyKuhn, Loeb & Co.
31Green FamilyStocks and real estate
32Patterson FamilyChicago Tribune
33Taft FamilyReal estate
34Deering FamilyInternational Harvester
35De Forest FamilyCorporate law practice
36Gould FamilyRailroads
37Hills FamilyRailroads
38Drexel FamilyJ. P. Morgan & Co.
39Ryan FamilyStock market
40Foster FamilyAuto parts
41Johnson FamilyVictor Phonograph
42James FamilyCopper and railroads
43Nash FamilyAutomobiles
44Schiff FamilyKuhn, Loeb & Co.
45Patten FamilyWheat market
46Hayden FamilyStock market
47Weber FamilyAllied Chemical & Dye Corp.
48Blumenthal FamilyLazard
49Mills FamilyMining
50Friedsam FamilyMerchandising
51McLean FamilyMining
52Higgins FamilyNew York real estate
53Cochran FamilyTextiles
54Kirkwood Family ?
55Tyson Family ?
56Huntington FamilyRailroads
57Storrow FamilyLee Higginson & Co.
58Rosenwald FamilySears Roebuck
59Baruch FamilyStock market
60Kresge FamilyMerchandising



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