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These pipeline heirs strike it rich as wealthiest family in Texas

These pipeline heirs strike it rich as wealthiest family in Texas

 Randa Duncan Williams
Randa Williams is the high-profile heir of the Duncan family.  Photo courtesy of Texas Monthly

Missouri has the Busch family. Nebraska has the Buffetts. New York has the Hearsts. These are among the best-known wealthy families in the United States.

Lesser-known nationally but well-known in Texas is the Duncan family of Houston, identified by FamilyMinded.com as the richest family in Texas. The website, which rounded up a list of the richest family in each state, pegs the family’s estimated net worth at $26 billion; Forbes puts it at $25.6 billion.

The Duncan family comprises the four children of the late pipeline mogul Dan Duncan.

The children — Dannine Avara, Scott Duncan, Milane Frantz, and Randa Williams — inherited a tax-free $10 billion share of their father’s estate following his death in 2010, when the so-called “death tax” had temporarily been repealed, according to Forbes. Each of them has an estimated net worth of $6.4 million, Forbes says.

Williams is perhaps the most visible of the four Duncan heirs.

Williams is the only Duncan sibling who’s involved in running the family business. She is chairwoman of Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners LP, the pipeline company that her father founded in 1968. Last year, the company posted revenue of $36.5 billion. In June, Williams made a big splash with her purchase of Austin-based Texas Monthly magazine.

While the Duncans are worth close to $26 billion, their wealth doesn’t come close to that of Alice Walton, who used to make her home west of Fort Worth. Forbes estimates her net worth at $52.4 billion. FamilyMinded.com lists Walton and her fellow heirs to the Walmart fortune as the richest family in Arkansas (where Walmart is based), with an estimated net worth of $163 billion.

They’re also the richest family in the U.S.