The most powerful grandparents in the U.S.

You may not know their names, but these formidable grandparents influence every aspect of our lives, from the work we do to the laws we follow.

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How is power measured? Is it the money you earn, or the political influence you wield? Perhaps it’’s the breadth of your knowledge, the scale of your talent, or the number of lives you touch daily. Maybe it’’s just name recognition. (How else can you explain the Kardashians?) More likely, it’’s a combination of all those things——measurable assets like wealth mixed with intangible qualities like character and charisma.

Whatever your definition, these grandparents have it——and for the most part, exercise it wisely. Read on to learn more of their incredible accomplishments, their amazing lives, and of course, their pride and joy: their grandchildren.

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