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Wal-Mart Heirs Again Top Forbes List of 25 Richest U.S. Families

This story originally appeared on Reuters

The Walton family, which owns roughly a 50 percent stake in retailer Stores Inc., was named the richest family in the United States for a third consecutive year on Wednesday, according to .

Reuters | Rick Wilking
Walton family members (L to R) Jim, Rob and Alice Walton speak onstage at the Wal-Mart annual meeting in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Others featured on Forbes' list include the Koch family, which owns the majority of conglomerate Koch Industries, the second largest private company in the United States. Their was listed as $82 billion.

The Mars family, owners of the candy giant Mars Inc., was third riches with a net worth of $78 billion, according to Forbes.

Collectively, the top 25 wealthiest families in are worth $722 billion, down 1.5 percent, or $11 billion, from a year ago.

Worth $130 billion, the Walton Family Foundation announced on Tuesday that it would commit $250 million to help urban charter schools gain access to more facilities.

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(Reporting by Melissa Fares; Editing by David Gregorio)

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