Brown family named America’s richest spirits peopleBy Melita Kiely
The Brown family, of spirits producer Brown-Forman, have been named as America’s wealthiest spirits billionaires in the new US Forbes Richest Families list.
With a fortune worth an estimated US$11.6 billion, The Browns – who hold the majority ownership of Brown-Forman, maker of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey – came in 20th place overall out of the 185 families listed.
The Wirtz family, owners of Wirtz Beverage Illinois, were also listed as one of America’s richest families, and came in 64th place with a fortune worth an estimated US$4.2 billion.
In May, the Grant Gordon whisky family, who own William Grant & Sons, topped the list of Scotland’s richest families.
Five other UK spirits families were named as the UK’s top five richest spirits families according to The Sunday Times Rich List 2014.