A Family Business is any organization run by people who happen to be related. It could be anything, in any time period, across any setting. There is probably an expectation that the children (particularly the eldest son) will [[GenerationXerox carry on the legacy.]] TruthInTelevision: many small "Ma and Pop" stores are family owned and operated (kind of goes with the name). But they seem to be dwindling as a result of competition from larger chains.

Sometimes used in {{Sit Com}}s to allow for a genre crossover between DomCom and WorkCom.

Not to be confused with [[TheMafia The Family's "Business"]].
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]

* In ''HunterXHunter'', the Zoldyck family is literally a family of assassins. [[spoiler:From the great grandfather to the youngest of the bunch.]]
* Being a deconstruction of the FightingSeries PlayedForLaughs, MutekiKanbanMusume has the Onimaru Chinese Restaurant as an interesting case: Makiko Onimaru owns the restaurant, she cooks and has only one employee: his daughter, Miki Onimaru,[[FanserviceWithASmile is a Poster Girl]] [[TheSlacker who loves to slack at his job]], [[CarryingACake never delivers the ramen on time]], and doesn’t know how to cook. The only reason she still gets her job is because she is Makiko’s daughter, and Makiko continuously beat her trying to check Miki in line.
* In ''{{Anime/Glasslip}}'', the Fukami family runs a glass shop, and Tōko herself aspires to become a glass artisan.

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[[folder: Fan Fiction ]]
* Present in the ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' fic ''FanFic/ToTheStars'' in form of the Matriarchies. Due to events that raised the Magical Girl's life expectancy from less than a decade to centuries, it was noted that girls who want to contract have higher chances to do so if they are related to Magical Girls (in this fic being a Magical Girl does not prevent pregnancies). It didn't take long before it became a family business. The main protagonist is in an unenviable position of being related to two mutually antagonistic Matriarchies.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/TheGodfather,'' for the ''ultimate'' "family business". Mafia business aside, they also ran an import business for olive oil.
* The Cabots (father and son) in ''Film/ReservoirDogs''.
* The noodle shop run by Po's adoptive family in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''. Played for laughs because Po is very obviously adopted.
* In Terry Gilliam's ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen'', Sally asks where's her brother since his father's theatrical troupe was "Salt & Son" He told him there was no son but it was the tradition to put that.
* Used a few times in ''AtlantisTheLostEmpire''. His grandfather's influence led to Milo having a love for Archeology, and Audrey joined her father as a mechanic. It's played for laughs with Vinnie, an Explosives Nut, whose florist parents wanted him to join the family business. He relates that the first time he tried to become a florist he got bored, played around with some explosives, and blew up the Chinese laundromat next door. He does say that he (now that he's ridiculously wealthy) is thinking about opening up the shop again.
* In ''Cassandra's Dream'', dramatic events probably wouldn't have unfolded if one of the two brothers had been satisfied to keep on running his father's restaurant... and hadn't agreed to help the uncle with the trouble in his business. They're not actually TheMafia, but the subtext exists.
* In ''{{Hop}}'', the EasterBunny is apparently a family business. The central conflict of the film is that the latest heir would rather be a drummer than take up the title.
* The Larrabee family in ''{{Film/Sabrina}}'' runs a Family Business Empire. Their name shines on lots and lots of brass plaques at the main entrance of skyscraper-sized headquarters.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''[[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]]'', Elizabeth Pennykettle and her daughter specialize in the making of clay dragons [[spoiler:that come to life.]]
* OverTheWineDarkSea : Sostratos and Menedemos are cousins working for a shipping business owned by their respective parents
* Thomas Mann's novel ''Literature/{{Buddenbrooks}}'', describing the slow and painful decline of a merchant dynasty in Lübeck, Germany.
* In the ''AuntDimity'' series, the international law firm of Willis and Willis is run in Boston by William Willis Sr. and his son Bill. They contact Lori Shepherd to inform her of Dimity's bequest. Eventually, Lori marries Bill, and he runs the English branch of the firm from an office in Finch.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Ojai Foods from ''BrothersAndSisters'' was founded by William Walker and later run by his son Tommy and daughter Sarah. His brother-in-law, Saul, managed the accounting.
* Scavo's, the pizzeria Tom and Lynnette open on ''DesperateHousewives.''
* The funeral home in ''Series/SixFeetUnder''. The Fishers have been funeral directors for three generations, but both sons of the youngest generation are at best ambivalent about it. Claire is on the other hand dissatisfied that she inherited only a sum of money, relatively small compared to a share in the firm. Mrs Fisher, their mother, is nvolvd in the work as well, though she stops working for the company and is merely helping from time to time.
* On ''BarneyMiller'' a 50ish painting contracter came from "[Lastname] and Son." Barney asked him what time his son was going to get there, he responded "I'm the son." It had been his father's business but he retired; the son's son wasn't interested in a career in painting, he wanted to be a musician. The son just didn't have the heart to take his old man's name off the company title.
* The Bluth Company in ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''.
* Albeit unofficially, Keith Mars's private eye business in ''VeronicaMars''.
* "Saving people. Hunting things. The family business." In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Sam initially doesn't want to carry on the legacy while Dean, the eldest son, does.
* The KoreanDrama, ''TwinkleTwinkle'' is based around the infighting between siblings at a publishing house.
* ''SteptoeAndSon'': Old Albert and his son Harold. Their scrap business was founded by Albert's father, which actually makes Albert the "Son" in the firm's title.
** And the American version of Steptoe, ''Series/SanfordAndSon''. Same deal applies.
* ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'' was set in Grace Brothers' department store. The ancient Young Mister Grace put in several appearances; his brother Old Mister Grace didn't get about much.
* The business in the Showtime documentary series with the same name as this trope is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin of course this]]. Being it's on Showtime, you can probably guess what the Family Business ''is''.
** Hint: [[spoiler:The patriarch is better known as Seymour Butts]].
* Series/PawnStars: The Gold & Silver Pawn Shop is run by Rick and his father, "Old Man" and employs his son, "Big Hoss".
* ''Series/TheProtector'' episode "Blood" centered on a family run restaurant operated by a mother, her oldest son and her daughter. The younger son wants to open up a second restaurant under the same name to expand the Family Business but financial and personal issues threaten to derail everything.
* ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'' had the Olesons Mercantile and Nellie's Restaurant/Hotel.
* ''Series/DuckDynasty'': Phil Robertson founded "Duck Commander", a duck-call manufacturing company. His son Willie is CEO, and the majority of its employees are also Robertson family members.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* ''{{Traveller}}'': Several really. But an interesting example is the Oberlindes family which brought itself from being a group of [[IntrepidMerchant Free Traders]] to near MegaCorp status. They still have something of a [[BadassFamily style]] to the way they do business.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''[[JakAndDaxter Jak X: Combat Racing]]'' had [[UglyGuysHotDaughter Rayn]] swept up into her [[FatBastard late father's]] plot to take over a rival's gang.

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[[folder: Visual Novels ]]

* ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'' has several examples, particularly in class 2-S. For instance, the Kuki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zaibatsu Financial Conglomerate]], exactly as described on the tin. This also gives Ageha, Hideo, and Monshiro rather... distinct personalities.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* In the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, Goodkind International is really a family business, with Goodkinds working up through the ranks to take over the key positions as older Goodkinds retire or move to the board.
* GrandmasterOfTheft's Cain International. The protagonist herself is being groomed as inheritor.
* In ''WebVideo/TheAutobiographyOfJaneEyre'' ([[SettingUpdate modernized]] vlog series based on ''Literature/JaneEyre''), Thornfield Exports has been owned by the Rochester family for decades and they provide high-quality aluminium products for homes. The male lead Mr Rochester "inherited" the position of its CEO, and he's probably not too keen. He's thirty-ish and his older relatives are not at sight, and he has only an eight-year-old daughter. His live-in personal assistant Grace Poole organizes things and stuff in the company as well as in Mr Rochester's household.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''{{Jimmy Two-Shoes}}'', the Heinous family runs Misery Inc, which exists entirely to KickTheDog.
* ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters'': Spenser and Kong, Sr. hand off the business to their respective sons, Eddie and Jake, though they still maintain an active presence.
* Sweet Apple Acres in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', an apple farm (a ''giant'' apple farm) owned by the local branch of [[TheClan the Apple clan]].

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* The WWE. Vince [=McMahon=] is the chairman, his wife Linda is the CEO, their son Shane is president of new media and global media (i.e. their internet presence and international business), and their daughter Stephanie is the head writer. And it's fully expected that Stephanie will inherit the reins once Vince and Linda retire.
** Just to clarify: That's in real life. Their {{kayfabe}} roles are a little different.
** Don't forget son-in-law Paul Levesque, performer. You may know him as Triple H.
** Shane has since resigned and left the family business.
*** And Vince picked up the company that would become the WWE from his father, Vince [=McMahon=] Senior.
* The English school Dulwich College used to have headmasters with the family name "Alleyn" (after its founder Edward Alleyn). The tradition hasn't been continued for a long time though.
* M&M/Mars, a candy company famous for [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin M&M's, Mars bars]], Skittles and Snickers, among other products, is still private, still family-owned, and based in the one place you'd probably least expect: [=McLean=], VA, just outside UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC.
** Candy companies used to be this almost exclusively; now there are only a tiny handful left. Tootsie Roll is another family-owned one.
* Another real-life example: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S._C._Johnson_&_Son S.C. Johnson & Son]], the company that makes Windex, Glade and Ziploc.
** Often confused for the above company, Johnson & Johnson is no longer a family business.
* And another: {{Playboy}} magazine. Hugh Hefner founded it; his daughter currently runs it.
* The Adamses, the Roosevelts, the Kennedys, and the Bushes.
* Most Kingdoms and Empires in history, often forming a Deadly Decadent Court.
* In-N-Out: best damn burgers in the world. Located here in California and owned by family members for generations. Founder set precedent for Bible verses to be printed on the bottom of bags, cups, and cartons. Currently owned by non-family: to be inherited back in years to come.
* Members of the Ford family still own the majority of the Ford Motor Company.
* [=McDonald's=] was once actually run by a real family, the [=McDonald=] brothers. They invented the very concept of "fast food" via automatic mechanical cookers and ran the franchise for about 20 years until they partnered up with [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Ray Kroc]], who [[EvilPlan rewrote all of the signed agreements and took the company over in a hostile takeover]], literally leaving the brothers [[ShaggyDogStory sitting in the desert cooking burgers for random yokels]] and eternally trying to recapture their GloryDays.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Whedon Whedon]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Whedon family]] [[JossWhedon of]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jed_Whedon television]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zack_Whedon screenwriters]].
* Culver's: A fast growing Wisconsin-based fast casual food chain operating all over the interior US is owned and run by the Culver family.
* [[{{Universal}} Universal Pictures]] was this when it was established in 1912 by Carl Laemmle. He named his namesake son president of the studio as a 21st birthday present and he helped the studio transition to sound and color. The Laemmles sold the studio in 1936.
* Creator/StellanSkarsgard is a very famous Swedish actor, appearing in films such as ''GoodWillHunting'', ''Film/TheAvengers'', ''MammaMia'' and ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean''. He has eight children, seven of whom (His oldest son [[Creator/AlexanderSkarsgard Alexander]] being most famous in the U.S.) have had reasonably successful acting or modeling careers. The one who hasn't? Well, his youngest son, Ossian, is three.
* The Keslensky webcomics are this with a twist -- Rachel began LastRes0rt a few years before her father J.P. started BugPudding, rather than the other way around.
* As explained in Live-Action TV above, the Robertsons and "Duck Commander" from ''Series/DuckDynasty''.
* Though he's now remembered for something [[EtTuBrute different]], a great deal of Marcus Brutus's reputation among the Senate came from the fact that his ancestor, Lucius, had founded TheRomanRepublic, and that his family had been in politics for hundreds of years.
* Many small, medium and sometimes large Italian companies fall into this category, including ''Barilla'' (pasta), ''Ferrero'' (chocolate), ''Beretta'' (firearms), ''Marcegaglia'' (steel), ''Pinifarina'' (car design) and many fashion brands like ''Armani'' and ''Ermenegildo Zegna''.

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