The 8 wealthiest heirs in the US belong to 3 families

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Not everyone can be like Bill Gates and build a fortune from the ground up. Every so often a financial boost comes in the form of a family bequest. Some inheritors, such as brothers David and Charles Koch — who rank among the top 10 richest individuals in the world, according to the ultra high-net worth consultancy Wealth-X — go on to increase their fortunes in the family business. Others, such as Alice Walton, who inherited from her retail-giant father Sam Walton, work to further the causes of the family foundation.

Using data from Wealth-X and Bloomberg we compiled a list of the 8 richest heirs in the U.S.