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"]], though there is frequent overlap.


[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]

* In ''Manga/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, ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'' has the Onimaru Chinese Restaurant as an interesting case: Makiko Onimaru owns the restaurant, she cooks and has only one employee: her 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 beats her up 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.
* In ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', Takato's family owns a bakery while Juri's own a tavern. Takato is seen helping his parents once in a while and it's implied that Juri does it too, since she tells Takato [[spoiler: when she's dragged away by {{orochi}}]] that she's used to deal with drunkards.
* In ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', Keiko Yukimura's family owns a local ramen shop.
* Two of these show in ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'': Sanae's family owns a local ice cream parlor, while Ishizaki's owns a ''sento'' or bath house. In the ''World Youth Cup'' manga, Ishizaki tells [[spoiler: his girlfriend Yukari]] that he's well aware of [[TheDutifulSon his family needing him more]], so he won't actually play soccer for too long.
* ''Manga/MarmaladeBoy'' shows that [[HotTeacher Shinichi Namura's]] family owns one in Kamakura. [[spoiler: When Namura has to resign after his and Meiko's romantic affair blows in their faces, Namura returns to help the family.]]
* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', Maho stands to [[HeirToTheDojo inherit her mother's position as head instructor of the Nishizumi school]]. This suits Maho fine, as it [[spoiler:takes some pressure off of Miho to perform according to the "Nishizumi-style" their mother wants]].
* Kaori's parents from ''Manga/YourLieInApril'' runs a cake shop named ''"Ma Fille"'', [[MeaningfulName French for "my daughter"]], as revealed in {{OVA}} episode.
* Several of the major characters in ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'' have come to Tootsuki from family-run restaurants to hone their skills.
** Soma has run the blue-plate diner ''Yukihira'' with his dad for years, and has no ambitions beyond graduating and taking over.
** Megumi's family run a ''ryokan'' somewhere in Tohoku, and Megumi began to cook to help in the business.
** The Aldini brothers are the heirs to a ''trattoria'' somewhere in Tuscany which is currently run by their uncle.
** Houjou Miyoko's family run a famous Chinese restaurant in Yokohama.
** The Nakiri family are a gastronomic powerhouse, with Senzaemon acting as chairman of the Tootsuki group and headmaster of the school, Leonora running the Tootsuki group's R&D-division, and Alice and Erina doing their (very impressive) best to follow in Leonora's and Senzaemon's footsteps, respectively.
** Arato Hisako has also joined the family business, albeit in a roundabout way. The Arato family have been the Nakiri family's personal physicians for generations, but Hisako chose to work as Erina's aide and let her family's knowledge of medicinal herbs form the foundation of her cooking.
** The Mito family own one of the biggest meat-packing operations in Japan, and Ikumi's tenure at Tootsuki is part of her father's efforts to groom her to take over the business.
* Satoshi Isshiki and Nene Kinokune are the scions of the two great lineages in ''washoku'' (traditional Japanese cuisine), with the Isshikis representing the Kyoto style from the West and the Kinokunes representing the Eastern Edo-style.
* In ''Anime/YuriOnIce'', Yuri Katsuki's family runs Yu-topia Katsuki, the last remaining hot springs resort in the Kyushu town of Hasetsu. Since the family name "Katsuki" is part of the business' name, it's likely that it's been a family business for a while.
* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', [[WorldsStrongestMan Makoto]] [[TallDarkAndHandsome Kyougoku]]'s family owns a popular beach resort in the Izu coast. In between travelling thtorugh the world in katate competitions, Makoto helps out his parents by waitressing whenever he comes home. In fact, that's how he's introduced.


[[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.
* In ''The Sanctuary Telepath'' the London Three's unnamed network. While it's stated that they don't have a real hierarchy, they are clearly the leaders (and founders) and they manage to be the trope despite not having a single biological connection between the three of them. John and Janine are adopted siblings and Janine is married to James, who is John's best friend.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* The noodle shop run by Po's adoptive family in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''. Played for laughs because Po is very obviously adopted.
** Also:
--> Po's dad: Soon, you will inherit the shop, as I inherited it from my father, who inherited it from his father, who won it from a friend in a game of mahjong!
* Used a few times in ''Disney/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.
* Manolo from ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', comes from a long line of bullfighters on his father's side.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''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''.
* 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.
* In ''Film/CassandrasDream'', 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 ''Film/{{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.
* In ''Film/WhenDarknessFalls'', Aram owns a restaurant together with his brother Dana and his sister Nadja.
* The Peabody's in ''Film/WhyBeGood'' own a department store. Winthrop Peabody Sr is the owner while his son, Winthrop Jr, is head of personnel.

[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/{{Dragon Queen}}'': Trava and her father own and run a tavern.
* In ''[[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]]'', Elizabeth Pennykettle and her daughter specialize in the making of clay dragons [[spoiler:that come to life.]]
* ''Literature/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 ''Literature/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.
* In Literature/TheBible, both king and priest are generally intended to be inherited positions, though certain lines can be cut off from it. By the New Testament era, however, the position of king was taken by a Roman and priests were installed based on who paid the most to be one.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** In ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' the Grand Trunk Semaphore Company was founded by Robert Dearheart, before getting taken over by a ruthless consortium fronted by Reacher Gilt. As of ''Discworld/RaisingSteam'', the Trunk is run by Adora Belle Dearheart.
** Several books feature the Boffo Joke and Novelty Company, run by Mrs Proust and her sons Jack and Derek.
** The Royal Bank of Ankh-Morpork has been in the hands (some might say "clutches") of the Lavish family - and at the mercy of [[BigScrewedUpFamily their eternal petty feuding with each other]] - for generations, until Mrs Topsy Lavish dies, leaving [[PetHeir her shares to the dog]], and her dog to Moist von Lipwig.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Ojai Foods from ''Series/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 ''Series/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 ''Series/BarneyMiller'', a 50ish painting contractor 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 ''Series/VeronicaMars'', which he runs with his daughter Veronica.
* "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, ''Series/TwinkleTwinkle'' is based around the infighting between siblings at a publishing house.
* ''Series/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.
* ''Series/BlueBloods'': The Reagan family is all involved in law enforcement. All of the adult males are either members of the NYPD or have retired. Nicki, the daughter of Erin Reagan, has announced her desire to join the NYPD as well in an episode.
* ''Series/KitchenNightmares'' features several such restaurants, and family drama is a common cause of these restaurants being on the verge of ruin. In such cases, [[ThereAreNoTherapists expect Gordon to play "Family Counselor"]] for the episode.
* ''Series/{{Oshin}}'':
** Oshin's second work is at one of these, led by the Yashiro family. Her BenevolentBoss Kuni treats her like a daughter, and Kuni's eldest granddaughter Kayo becomes Oshin's lifelong friend.
** Oshin woprks hard to build one of these for herself, going from seamstress work to hairdressing to restaurants. In her late years she becomes the well-respected owner of a supermarket chain, with her second son Hitoshi as her NumberTwo.

[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* ''TabletopGame/{{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.
* A ''TabletopGame/RogueTrader'' dynasty is essentially a family owned MegaCorp. The Warrant of Trade is generally passed from parent to child and members of the Rogue Trader's extended family are frequently employed by the dynasty.
** This also often applies to space ship crews. Since the ships have huge crews and are effectively GenerationShips it's not uncommon for the crew of a particular section of the ship to all be members of the same extended family passing the job down through the generations.

[[folder: Theatre]]
* In the Theatre/{{Mrs Hawking}} play series, the [[http://www.mrshawking.com/?p=206 Hawking family's venture capital firm]], started by Ambrose Hawking and carried on by his sons Justin and Nathaniel.
** Mrs. Hawking herself remains indepedently wealthy due to inheriting her husband's stock in the company after his death.
* In ''Theatre/AllMySons'', Joe Keller put forty years of his life into building up a business which he badly wants his son Chris to inherit.

[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/JakXCombatRacing'' had [[UglyGuysHotDaughter Rayn]] swept up into her [[FatBastard late father's]] plot to take over a rival's gang.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', [[NiceGuy Stahl]] is said to come from a family that owns a very traditional apothecary business in Ylisse. Since Stahl's brother is expected to inherit it he decided to join the knighthood instead, but still uses his knowledge of plants and tonics once in a while.
* ''VideoGame/FantasyLife'' has a handful of colleagues for each of the 12 jobs. Within these groups, it's not rare to find at least two people that are siblings, married, parent and child or grandparent and grandchild.


[[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.
* ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' has the Von Karma family. Manfred and his daugher Franziska are both known as ruthless prosecutors, and this family business also spreads to adoptee Edgeworth.
** Also, played with during 1-4 with the owner of the boat station who is out of his mind [[spoiler:(faking it actually)]] and believes his station house to be a pasta shop to pass onto his children (whom he believes Phoenix and Maya to be).
** The Feys, too. All the women of the family are spirit mediums, which actually IS a sucessful business, [[spoiler: at least that much before the DL-6 incident]].
* The Kirigiri family in ''Franchise/{{Danganronpa}}'', an ancient clan of detectives.


[[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.
* ''WebAnimation/NeuroticallyYours'': This is the reason Foamy the Squirrel HATES [=StarSchmucks=] so much. The company has pretty much run smaller, family run coffee places out of business due to their marketing. However, he wouldn't be so bitter if the price wasn't as extravagant and the coffee not tasting like crap.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** Sweet Apple Acres, a apple farm (a ''giant'' apple farm) owned by the local branch of [[TheClan the Apple clan]].
** In the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E13SpiceUpYourLife Spice up your Life]]", there's the Tasty Treat, a small restaurant owned and run by a father and daughter which has recently fallen on financial hard times.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Tweek's parents own the Tweek Bros. Coffeehouse. [[spoiler: Their coffee actually tastes terrible, but they keep customers coming back by putting meth in it.]]
* The titular WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers is run by Bob, his wife and their three children. Bob's father also runs a diner where Bob worked as a child.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Wrestling/{{WWE}}. Wrestling/VinceMcMahon is the chairman and CEO, their daughter Stephanie is the Chief Brand Officer, and her husband Wrestling/TripleH is Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative. And it's fully expected that Triple H will inherit the reins once Vince retires.
** Just to clarify: That's in real life. Their {{kayfabe}} roles are a little different.
** Vince and Linda's son Shane was president of new media and global media (i.e. their internet presence and international business).
** Vince's wife Linda, was CEO until she left to serve on the Connecticut State Board of Education (she later ran for U.S. Senate twice and is now the Administrator of the Small Business Administration).
*** And Vince picked up the company that would become the WWE from his father, Vince [=McMahon=] Senior.
*** Who picked it up from his father, Jess [=McMahon=].
* 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: Magazine/{{Playboy}} magazine. Hugh Hefner founded it; his son is Chief Creative Officer.
* The Adamses, the Roosevelts, the Kennedys, and the Bushes.
* Most Kingdoms and Empires in history, often forming a Deadly Decadent Court.
** And their only slightly more "democratic" successor states, the {{Hereditary Republic}}s.
* In-N-Out, serving fast food burgers around the western United States, and owned by the Snyder family. Founder set precedent for Bible verses to be printed on the bottom of bags, cups, and cartons. Currently owned by Lynsi Snyder, grandchild of company founders Harry and Esther Snyder.
* 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 Ray Kroc, who rewrote all of the signed agreements and took the company over in a hostile takeover, literally leaving the brothers 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]] [[Creator/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.
* [[Creator/{{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 ''Film/GoodWillHunting'', ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', ''Film/MammaMia'' and ''Franchise/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 ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt'' a few years before her father J.P. started ''Webcomic/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 UsefulNotes/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''.
* Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck is a RealLife version of [[Series/BlueBloods Frank Reagan]]. Both of his kids and his son-in-law are LAPD officers, his wife Cindy was a narcotics K9 handler, and his sister Megan was a detective.
* Several NFL franchises have been owned by the same family for generations. These include the Chicago Bears' Halas/McCaskey family, the Pittsburgh Steelers' Rooney family, the New York Giants' Mara family, and the Arizona/Phoenix/St. Louis/Chicago Cardinals' Bidwill family.
* The Creator/JimHenson Company is still run by sons and daughters of Jim.