National Siblings Day 2019: American Siblings That Have Influenced Politics, Culture and Sport

National Siblings Day is a holiday taking place annually in some states in the U.S, celebrated on April 10. While it's not federally recognized, it gives brothers and sisters all across the country a chance to honor their relationships. 

We have decided to celebrate siblings across the world who have influenced the American people—whether it's through politics, economy, sport or culture. 

Lana and Lilly Wachowski

Lana Wachowskis Director Lana Wachowski attends the Busboys and Poets' Peace Ball: Voices of Hope and Resistance at National Museum Of African American History & Culture on January 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. Lana is one half of the Wachowskis. Mike Coppola/Getty Images Lily Wachowski Producer/director Lilly Wachowski attends the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 2, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. Lilly is one half of the Wachowskis Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for GLAAD

As a collective, the Wachowskis have given us iconic movies such as The Matrix trilogy, V for Vendetta, Cloud Atlas and Jupiter Ascending. They also created and directed television program Sense8

Through their works on and off the screen, including comic books, the pair have a net worth of $250 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Their Matrix Trilogy is also considered to have heavily influenced the movie industry over the past 20 years. 

George W. and Jeb Bush

George and Jeb Bush Columba Bush, Jeb Bush, Laura Bush and George W. Bush attend the state funeral service of former President George W. Bush at the National Cathedral, December 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. Both brothers have contributed to American society. Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images

One a former president, and the other a former Florida governor, there's no doubt that the Bush brothers have heavily influenced today's politics. When he was president, George W. Bush oversaw the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, wars in Afganistan and Iraq and the biggest recession in recent history. 

He also brought in the President's Surveillance Program, which allowed the National Security Agency (NSA) to monitor communications of terrorists in and out of the country. 

Since his presidency came to an end, Bush has kept a relatively low profile. However, in recent years he has commented against far-right violence and for women in politics. 

Jeb Bush was governor of Florida for eight years and is known for his Florida education reform. This included: introducing a school voucher program, supporting charter schools, implementing the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) and banning using race as a factor in university admissions. 

Serena and Venus Williams

Williams Sisters Getty Image Serena Williams (L) of the United States is congratulated by her sister and opponent Venus Williams (R) of the United States following their ladies singles third round match on Day Five of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Williams sisters feature on our list of influencial siblings. Chris Trotman/Getty Images

Probably two of the most famous tennis players of all time, Serena and Venus Williams have dominated the courts across the world. Between them, the sisters hold the world record for the most Olympic gold medals won and Serena is worth $180 million on her own, ranking as No. 1 in the tennis rankings by the World Tennis Association (WTA). 

Outside of the court, the sisters support their fair share of charities. Serena is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, supporting its Schools for Asia campaign aiming to educate Asia’s 26 million marginalized children in the countdown to the Millennium Development Goal deadline of 2015. Alongside her sister Venus, she is also a member of the advisory board of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, pushing for equal prize money for women and men in tennis. They have also established The Williams Sisters Fund, which seeks to support various philanthropic efforts.

Charles G. and David H. Koch

Koch Brothers Samuel Ramey, Charles Koch and David Koch attend New York City Opera's Theater Debut Celebration at Lincoln Center on November 5, 2009 in New York. Both Koch brothers have contributed to the political and industrial industries. Patrick McMullan/Getty Images

Creators of Americans for Prosperity, the Koch brothers have not only played a controversial role in U.S politics but have also run the multinational chemical manufacturing company, Koch Industries. The company saw a revenue of $110 billion in 2018. Charles and David Koch have two other siblings. David Koch retired in 2018, while Charles Koch remains active in the business.

"Consider the stands we take against policies that would indisputably benefit our bottom line, such as a fuel mandate for ethanol," said Jim Hannan, executive vice president and CEO for Koch Enterprises in November 2018. "We are one of the top producers of ethanol in the country, but that does not matter when such a policy would increase fuel prices for American families and hurt our long-term shared economic future."

This article was updated to correct the amount of revenue generated by Koch Industries in 2018.

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