The US may not have royals, but it does have family empires worth billions.They’ve accumulated fortunes in a variety of ways, including publishing, cosmetics, retail, and hotels.See the top-25 richest families in the US, ranked by net worth, starting at roughly $12 billion. LoadingSomething is loading.Thanks for signing up!Access your favorite topics in a personalized feed while you’re on the go. download the appBillionaires’ wealth has been growing exponentially over the past few years. And even though the United States doesn’t have any royal families, it does have family empires with enormous fortunes. There are the Hearst and Newhouse families, who built publishing powerhouses; Estée Lauder, the founder of the cosmetics giant that generated the Lauder family fortune; and the families who created their wealth with retail and hotel empires, such as the Waltons with Walmart and the Pritzkers with Hyatt Hotels.But not all of America’s richest families began as entrepreneurs — some were also savvy investors.Below, meet the 25 richest families in the US, ranked from lowest net worth to highest net worth. The rankings were determined by the most up-to-date estimated net worths available from Forbes and Bloomberg. Spoiler alert: The Roy family, of HBO’s “Succession,” didn’t make the cut.