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Half Of The World's Richest People Come From Just 2 Families

11/05/2013 12:15 pm ET | Updated Nov 06, 2013

Here's a fact that will make any liberal cringe.

Seven of the 12 richest people in the world have names ending in Koch, Walton or Adelson, according to a new calculation by Bloomberg Markets magazine.

Of course, extreme wealth gives you a lot of political power. Here's how these folks wield their influence:

-- The Waltons derive their wealth from Walmart, a company that has historically donated more to Republican causes and lobbied aggressively on taxes and labor issues. It's also not so keen on raising the minimum wage.
-- The Koch brothers once threw $60 million into attempting to dethrone President Obama.
-- And Sheldon Adelson may just be the biggest Republican donor of all.

Here's the full list:

Meet The World's Richest People
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