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Heirs/Heiresses

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Heirs and Heiresses of the Wealthiest People in America

November 26, 2013

By Mandi Woodruff

American parents are some of the most generous givers in the world, planning to leave an average of $175,000 to their children after they retire, according to a new study by HSBC. One out of every five inheritances will be worth more than $390,000.

Coming into that kind of money without having to work for it is nothing to sniff at — but what if you were born into billions?

America is home to the most billionaires in the world — 442 at last count. We decided to take a look at some of the richest American families and turn the spotlight from the billionaires themselves to the heirs and heiresses who are expected to live up to their family fortune.