How does an editor of a respected national magazine focused on business, investing and accumulating wealth omit the multi-generational fortune of Comcast proportions from a list of Americas richest families?
Ask Forbes, which according to co-editor of the Forbes list, Kerry Dolan, simply forgot about the cable giant’s Roberts family while generating the list of 185 American families worth $1 billion or more for the magazine’s July 8th edition.
The Roberts are one of two of the country’s wealthiest families with ties to Chester County — Ralph Roberts, founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Philadelphia cable giant, had a farmhouse custom-built for him in Chester County with authentic 18th-century materials. His son, Brian Roberts, Comcast’s current Chairman and CEO, is worth $1.2 billion alone, Philadelphia magazine reported.
According to Philadelphia magazine, when asked about the omission of the Roberts’ fortune, Forbes’ Dolan replied embarrassedly:
“That one, we probably should have included. We probably just missed him. This is a new list for us, and when you do new things, they’re not always perfect.”
The other is the Dorrance family, worth $12.8 billion by Forbes’ count and 18th on magazine’s richest families list. Mary Alice Dorrance Malone, Campbell Soup Co.’s largest stockholder, lives on her 1,000-acre Iron Spring Farm in East Fallowfield between Coatesville and Kennett Square.
Top photo courtesy of Philadelphia Magazine