The Cargill family is one of the richest families in the world, holders of Cargill, the largest privately held corporation in the United States. The family members are the descendants of William W. Cargill, who started the company in Iowa after the Civil War.
The Cargill family owns 90% of the family business. The exact wealth of the family is unknown, because, as Cargill company is privately owned, they are under no obligation to disclose their wealth.
Two branches of the Cargill family exist. Following the death of William W. Cargill, his son-in-law, John MacMillan, saved the company from a debt crisis. The MacMillans are estimated by Forbes to be worth $1.2 billion each. The wealth of James Cargill and Margaret Cargill were estimated to be $1.8 billion each. In 2006, W. Duncan MacMillan, James Cargill, and Margaret Cargill all died.
Some of the family members include:
- Cargill MacMillan, Jr., had an estimated net worth of $4.3 billion. He was born in Hennepin County, Minnesota 29 March 1927. He was married with four children. MacMillan died on November 14, 2011.
- Whitney MacMillan has an estimated net worth of $4.3 billion and led the company from 1976 to 1995.
- Pauline MacMillan Keinath, has an estimated net worth of $4.3 billion. She was born 31 July 1934 in Hennepin County, Minnesota.
- James R. Cargill II, has an estimated net worth of $1.6 billion. His hometown is Birchwood, Wisconsin.
- Mary Janet Morse Cargill, has an estimated net worth of $1.6 billion. She lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her hometown was Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was widowed, and had three children. She died on February 5, 2010.
- Marianne Cargill Liebmann, has an estimated net worth of $1.6 billion. She studied at Montana State University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts.
- Austen S. Cargill II, has an estimated net worth of $1.7 billion. He has two children. He attended Oregon State University and University of Minnesota. He lives in Livingston, Montana.
- Margaret Anne Cargill (September 24, 1920 - August 1, 2006), was a philanthropist.
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