7 Rich Families That Are Cursed

The Johnson Family

One of the richest families in the country, the Johnsons, derive their wealth from the Johnson & Johnson Company, which was founded all the way back in 1886. In the 1930s, Johnson & Johnson began to rise to global prominence, but unfortunately the family tale takes an ugly turn from that point on. The majority of the challenges within the Johnson family have been due to lawsuits and in-fighting.

Rather than sharing the incredible wealth that they had been left with, many members of the family took to battling one another for a bigger piece of the pie. Specifically, a housemaid who eventually married into the family won a lawsuit and wound up dying with billions to her name. The total assets of the Johnson family are a closely guarded secret, but there is certainly still plenty of money to go around.

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ParentingPatch / Own Work

The Vanderbilt Family

Okay – so this family isn’t cursed in the same way that some of the previous families on the list have been cursed. However, one might think that the heirs to the Vanderbilt family fortune would be rich beyond compare, considering the wealth of Cornelius Vanderbilt, the patriarch of the family. Vanderbilt is considered to be one of the richest men in history, building a transportation empire that allowed his wealth to vault up to unimaginable levels. Despite his incredible financial success, the Vanderbilt family is no longer rich – and the fall from the financial heights of society didn’t even take very long.

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Mathew Brady / Library of Congress

The money disappeared quite simply – by spending it. As they built bigger and bigger homes and enjoyed the “high life” to the fullest, the massive wealth built by Cornelius was quickly winnowed away. A few generations later, the decedents of this family family reportedly are in line for no inheritance whatsoever. Anderson Cooper, reporter for CNN, is a descendant of Cornelius Vanderbilt, yet has had to build his career from the ground up without any help from his notable family tree.

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Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com

The seven families above are great examples of why money can be overrated in terms of what it will do for an individual or a family. Yes – money can buy a lot of things, but it can’t help to escape the problems that everyone faced in life. In fact, it could be argued that money creates or expands many of these problems. Would the families above have experienced the same kinds of hardships had they not been rich and famous? We will never know, but it certainly makes for an interesting discussion.

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