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The Walton Family is the richest family in the world, their wealth inherited from Bud and Sam Walton, founders of the world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart. The five most prominent members have consistently been in the top ten of the Forbes 400 since 2001, although Helen dropped to #11 in 2006, probably in part due to her extensive philanthropy. Christy Walton took her husband John's place after his death in 2005. Collectively, the Waltons control over 48% of the company, and are worth a combined total of $115.7 billion, valuing them as the wealthiest family in the world. In 2011 six members of the Walton family have the same net worth as the bottom 30% of American families combined. (via Freebase)