He’s a heavy; he’s my brother

By Laurie Bennett

March 10, 2010 at 9:44am

Who are the most powerful brothers in the U.S.?

In the entertainment world, the brothers Bridges are on the ascent with Jeff’s Oscar for best actor. The Coens wield tremendous influence behind the camera, as do the Weinsteins.

In politics, there’s White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, whose brother Zeke is Obama’s health care policy adviser. Another brother, Ari, is an entertainment dealmaker.

While currently in retirement, the Bush brothers may have another round with Jeb, who hasn’t been shy about expressing his opinions on state and national races.

In Chicago, Mayor Richard Daley and his brother William are a mighty force.

One state away are the Levin brothers - Carl, a U.S. senator and younger bro Sander, a congressman whose Muckety recently increased when he stepped into the Ways and Means Committee chairmanship.

Less known, but possibly holding the greatest clout, are the Blue Brothers. Not Belushi and Aykroyd, but Linden S. and James Neal Blue, industrialists who hark back to an earlier age of American business.

The two own General Atomics, maker of the Predator spy plane. The company’s defense contracts last year totaled more than $1.4 billion.

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