It takes more than money to build a dynasty. You need multiple generations of wisdom and work ethic to transform humble beginnings into powerful bloodlines. In business, real estate, politics, and more, these are the families shaping our city and our lives.
In the city of Boston, demonstrations of power are nothing new. We've been throwing our weight around since the days of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Today, as ever, some people in town just know how to get things done whether through intelligence, charm, enormous, piles of cash, back room deals, or just sheer force of will. After talking to scores of insiders across the area, we ranked the city's heavy hitters and examine power in all its forms—from political muscle and business influence to cultural capital and social networking.