Many great businesses start off as family enterprises. The already formed relationships in husband and wife partnerships, between siblings, or parents and children can lend themselves to successfully building a company based on shared values and principles. Some family-run businesses remain small to medium-sized, large enough to sustain the family and some employees. Others do make it big.
Here are 15 massive companies that started as family businesses and are now companies known around the globe.
Frank Mars, the founder of the global food processing company Mars, began producing candy in from his own home kitchen in 1911. Well known worldwide for confectionary, Mars Inc. also produces big brand beverages, rice, pasta sauces, and pet care products The company remains 100 percent owned by the Mars family.