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The Kids of Business Icons

Some of the business world's most famous tycoons are also parents. So where did the younger generation of Bloombergs, Bransons, Buffetts, and Blankfeins end up?

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The most intriguing business tycoons are self-made. They're men and women who grew up in housing projects, worked their way through college, and either conjured a fortune out of nothing by starting a new venture (think Steve Jobs or Michael Bloomberg), or used brains and sometimes frightening determination to work their way to the helm of a major company (Lloyd Blankfein).

So what happens to the children of such overachievers? When born into wealth and privilege -- as a Branson, a Blankfein, or a Soros -- what can a kid do to leave a mark? And is it better to go into the family business and create a nascent dynasty, like the Trumps, or smarter to start something new? (Larry Ellison’s actor and producer son, David, enrolled in business school but dropped out to pursue a Hollywood career.)

Here, Minyanville looks at the many paths taken by the children of nine business titans. Remarkably, there isn't an aimless partier, spoiled brat, or "tortured soul" in the bunch.

Emma and Georgina Bloomberg
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Emma and Georgina Bloomberg
Emma and Georgina Bloomberg have avoided the party-girl path forged by other heiresses.
By Diane Bullock
Lisa Brennan-Jobs
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Lisa Brennan-Jobs
Steve Jobs' first daughter, now a writer in New York, spent her childhood with a single mother and "didn't have many things."
By Diane Bullock
Donald Trump Jr.

Donald Trump Jr.
This would-be mogul says his real source of strength is a lifetime of exposure to the family business.
By Lisa LaMotta
David and Megan Ellison
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David and Megan Ellison
In Hollywood, all you need is a last name and a serious bankroll.
By Mike Schuster
Susan Buffett
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Susan Alice Buffett
Warren Buffett doesn't believe in inherited wealth, so his daughter -- a philanthropist -- leverages the currency of her name.
By Matthew Mallon
Joshua Fink
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Joshua Fink
"Dad" may be one Wall Street's most powerful financiers, but that meant next to nothing when Fink Jr. launched his own fund.
By Ryan Goldberg
Jonathan and Alex Blankfein
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Jonathan and Alex Blankfein
Why would Lloyd stop at hiring one son when his "Vampire Squid" firm could have both?
By Justin Rohrlich
Andrea Soros
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Andrea Soros
Conspiracy theories have long dogged her controversial billionaire father. Now the younger Soros is attracting rumors about her low-key foundation work in China and Tibet.
By Matthew Mallon
Holly Branson
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Holly Branson
Sir Richard's daughter may be as glamorous and daring as her father, but the level-headed high-achiever also holds a medical degree.
By Diane Bullock
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