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The Most Powerful Families Who Secretly Run The World?

Beyonce taught us that girls run the world, but sadly the queen bee is gravely mistaken.

Throughout history power has always been concentrated in the hands of the few- from the first tribal

chieftains and their shamans, to today's political elite.

But sometimes that power has been held firmly within bloodlines, passed down from generation

to generation like a very unearned inheritance.

Hello and welcome to another episode of The Infographics Show- today we're taking a look

at the most powerful families in the world.

5.

Rothschild Family

With a name that pops up in nearly every conspiracy theory out there, it's no surprise that the

Rothschilds would end up on this list.

Whether they are responsible for assassinating JFK to ensure he didn't invade Cuba and thus

destroy the lucrative sugar market, to having secretly financed 9/11 on behalf of the aliens

from Zeti Reticuli so they could eat our brains- if there's a conspiracy theory out there,

chances are the Rothschilds are at the center of it.

With a family history such as the Rothschild's though, it's hard to blame conspiracy theorists.

Rising from a lowly apprentice working at a small Hamburg bank, Mayer Rothschild displayed

from an early age a keen interest and talent for finances.

In no time at all Mayer had made himself a prominent member of the global banking industry,

and would go on to install his five sons around the financial capitals of Europe.

Overseeing operations from London to Berlin, the Rothschilds helped stabilize international

currencies through their lending and banking practices with individual governments.

While this was generally a good thing as it kept markets stable and people employed, the

Rothschilds certainly earned a very pretty penny for their 'charitable' work.

As Europe plunged along the industrial revolution, the Rothschilds were there to finance Europe's

favorite hobby: waging horrible wars against itself.

Mostly staying on the right side of history though, the Rothschilds were quick to lend

England about 10 billion in today's dollars to help finance the war effort against Napoleon

Bonaparte.

By this time the Rothschilds fortune was so vast, and their financial network so elaborate,

that they actually received the news of Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo a full day before the British

government!

Such stunning displays of international power and reach have for long time cast the Rothschilds

under extreme suspicion, and they have throughout history been blamed for pretty much every

major war or other catastrophe, often portrayed as nothing more than money-hungry and evil

to the point of profiteering from human misery.

The truth however is that the Rothschilds were simply a family extraordinarily gifted

in the world of finance, and their charitable contributions to human society are some of

the greatest in history and continue to this day.

Or perhaps the Rothschilds paid us to say that so that you won't figure out they are

secretly working for the Zeta Reticuli aliens who definitely don't want to eat your brains.

4.

Rockefeller Family

If there's a name synonymous with the international power and intrigue of the Rothschilds, it's

the Rockefellers.

John D. Rockefeller was born in rural New York to a father who was a con man and a mother

who was deeply religious.

Unlike his shuckster father, John was often described as a serious, polite, and honest

young man, and at age 17 he began working as a bookkeeper at a small produce firm.

Working long hours, Rockefeller delighted in the intricacies of the work, yet had a

keen mind for finances and budgeting.

Seeing an opportunity with the advent of the internal combustion engine, Rockefeller started

a business partnership with a friend and his brothers, going into the business of refining

oil at a time when everybody else was busy trying to pump it out of the ground.

The discovery of giant oil reserves in Texas, and the growing exploitation of oil in the

Middle East made it clear that this new resource was the wave of the future, and yet very little

infrastructure existed for the actual refining of oil into fuel and other products.

The oil ‘gold rush’ had seen entrepreneurs open up prospecting and drilling companies

around the world, but a growing need for oil processing was being unmet.

This is where Rockefeller and family came into play.

Founding Standard Oil in 1870, Rockefeller's wealth exploded, and he would go on to end

up controlling 90 percent of America's oil pipelines and refineries.

After his family's monopoly was broken up by anti-trust laws in 1911, the Rockefellers

continued to hold on to a large share of the national oil production industry.

At the time of this death in 1937, John D. Rockefeller was valued at $340 billion in

today's dollars, or four times more than Bill Gates.

However in the time since this record high, a rise in international competition and lack

of similar talent for finances by Rockefeller's descendants has seen the family wealth plummet

down to an estimated $11 billion, though somehow we suspect that they get along just fine with

only 11 billion dollars.

3.

Morgan Family

Born to a banker it's no surprise that John Pierpont Morgan would follow in his father's

footsteps and become a banker himself.

However, unlike his father, John would go on to found one of the world's most important

financial institutions, J.P. Morgan & Company.

During a scare in 1893 over the outflow of the US's surplus gold to foreign nations,

the US economy looked set to plummet- but in these dire times John saw an opportunity

that no others did.

Putting together a syndicate of bankers which included the Rothschilds, Morgan used US bonds

to buy back gold from foreign investors, thus restoring public faith in the dollar and stabilizing

the economy.

This gold and bond exchange however allowed Morgan to effectively control the US gold

supply, which let him finance the creation of US Steel and General Electric while buying

out all competitors- effectively taking over two of the most important financial sectors

of the entire nation: steel and electricity.

Morgan’s control over the nation’s gold supply at a time when the national economy-

and most global economies as well- were tied to the gold standard allowed Morgan to manipulate

the economy to raise or lower the value of the dollar and consumer prices.

And despite ensuring a measure of fiscal responsibility, this is overwhelmingly why the gold standard

is a bad thing- no matter what your belligerently libertarian uncle posts on your facebook wall

every other week.

Known as an unethical and cutthroat businessman, Morgan bought out, bullied out, or outcompeted

any competitors by slashing jobs, reducing wages and generally doing away with anything

even remotely related to workplace safety.

If it wasn't generating money, it wasn't worth his time- and after all the nation was full

of peasants to replace those killed or maimed in horrific industrial accidents.

With no minimum wage laws or workplace safety standards, Morgan effectively built an empire

built on heaps and heaps of exploitation and human misery- which by the way, is why minimum

wage and workplace safety legislation are important things to have.

Sometimes government regulations are a good thing to have, though we tend to forget that

since we are so far separated from the misery of the industrial revolution and its mass

exploitation of the average worker.

In modern times not much has changed, with J.P. Morgan widely blamed for helping spread

the practices of predatory lending which led to the 2008 global financial crash.

Rumors of the Morgan family being war profiteers and generally banking on any human misery

that will make them a single penny are popular- and you know what, given the family's past,

this time it's clear that if anybody is cooperating with the aliens from Zeta Reticuli to eat

your brains it's definitely the Morgans.

Yet with such a commanding grip on the global economy, there’s little the individual consumer

can do to avoid engaging in a J.P. Morgan-backed business.

2.

DuPont Family

Sired by a french immigrant who emigrated into the United States in the 1800s, the DuPont

family has built an empire based on manufacturing and the distribution of industrial chemicals

and military munitions.

Initially establishing the family business as a gunpowder manufacturer, DuPont quickly

became the largest supplier of gunpowder to the US military, and would go on to begin

creating dynamite in industrial proportions.

Like so many other monopolies, the DuPont monopoly was broken up in the early 1900s

under the Sherman Antitrust Act, but the family still managed to maintain a huge market share

of the global munitions industry, having supplied nearly 40 percent of all the munitions used

by Allied forces during the First World War.

Unlike the Morgan family however, the DuPonts felt at least some obligation to the nation

they were profiting from, and so during World War II when the US Government needed help

producing plutonium for the war-ending Manhattan Project, the DuPont company designed and built

one of the largest plutonium plants in the country, all the while keeping it an absolute

secret to prevent the Axis powers from discovering the US's research.

In the 1950s after the Soviets exploded their first atomic bomb, the DuPont company once

more cooperated with the US government to help America develop the hydrogen bomb, hoping

to keep the US's edge over their Soviet competitors.

Working hand-in-hand with the US government, DuPont helped focus the efforts of the nation’s

scientists, all the while being handsomely compensated by the US government of course.

The DuPonts may be the second most powerful family in the world, but are surprisingly

the subject of very few wild-eyed conspiracy theories- except for one.

Blamed for helping spur the US's prohibition of hemp and cannabis in 1937 in order to protect

its paper and nylon manufacturing, the DuPonts have often been the target of those who see

overly restrictive anti-marijuana laws as unfair and needless.

The widespread use of hemp as a manufacturing product would after all cut into the DuPont’s

earnings- yet if marijuana was legalized nationally, there’s little doubt the DuPonts wouldn’t

simply immediately engage in the growing and processing of hemp products.

And with their vast wealth to back their entrepreneurial efforts, they would be doing so from a commanding

lead versus any other competitor.

1.

The Bush Family

Best known for Presidents George W. Bush and George Bush Senior, the Bush family began

its climb to international power with Prescott Sheldon Bush, a US banker and senator.

For years the family was accused of hugely profiting from World War II and for having

established businesses with corporations that financed Hitler's government, and the reveal

of declassified documents in 2003 showed several questionable transactions that could have

been in violation of the Trading With The Enemies Act.

However after it was revealed in 1943 that a Polish mining interest Prescott Bush was

invested in was using forced labor from Auschwitz, Bush distanced himself and engaged in the

collection of funds for the victims of the war.

The rest of the Bush family hasn't escaped scrutiny though, with both presidents having

been blamed for profiting from the wars started under their watch.

These allegations may be a bit more of a stretch than those against Prescott Bush however,

as it's well known fact that George Bush Sr. was very reluctant about starting a war against

Iraq, and it was the consistent prodding from Britain that finally spurred him to action.

Whatever the case, having had two members become presidents of the most powerful nation

on earth has garnered the family international prestige and connections, making them without

a doubt the single most powerful family alive today.

Which of these families is truly the most powerful in the world?

How delicious exactly are your brains- we have friends from out of town who are curious.

Also, make sure you check out our other video Is The Rothschild Family The Richest In The

World?.

Thanks for watching, see you next time!