It’s not always that we see siblings succeed in the same field. For that to happen, many factors must align, including family dynamics, individual personality traits, and the environment in which the siblings grew up. However hard or rare as it may sound, there have been cases of immense sibling success throughout history. We highlight the most prominent ones below.

1. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (The Grimm Brothers)

Do you remember the fairy tales about Cinderella, Snow White, or the Little Red Riding Hood? Thanks to the Grimm Brothers, these stories have withstood the test of time and have been told to many generations.

While the Grimm Brothers did not come up with the original stories about these characters, they were the first to collect, write, and publish the anthologies of the stories in 1812, making them more accessible to the public domain.

Jacob and Wilhelm had four other siblings. When their dad died, Jacob had to step up, and Wilhelm did, too. The two brothers worked hard at school and got admitted to the Philipps-University Marburg, where they embarked on a journey to collect and compile an anthology with 86 different tales. They aimed to preserve the culture.

2. The Wright Siblings (Wilbur, Orville, and Kitty)

Everyone knows the story of the Wright siblings; they are the ones who invented the first airplane in 1903. Orville and Wilbur were among the seven children born to Milton Wright and Susan Koerner. The two were very close, and even though they had not attended college, they were able to create the first practical airplane.

While the two (Orville and Wilbur) get the biggest share of the credits, one other child from the Wright family significantly contributed to their success. Her name was Katherine, aka Kitty. She held down the Wright family by working in their bicycle shop, allowing the two older brothers to concentrate on their airplane project.

Kitty also went to college and was the first member of the Wright family to earn a degree. Without Kitty’s support, the Wright brothers would probably have never made this significant contribution to the aviation industry.

3. The Lumiere Brothers

Auguste and Louis Lumiere were the first siblings to create a practical film camera. The brothers worked for their dad, Antoine, a photographer in Lyon. At only 17 years old, Louis invented a better method of processing film, which boosted their business, leading to the creation of a new factory.

When Thomas Edison invented the Kinetoscope, a peephole film projector, their father encouraged them to create a device to capture and project film onto a screen. The two boys conducted thorough research and invented the Cinematographe in 1895, which was much better than the Kinetoscope.

It was portable and could film outside a contained environment. The Lumiere Brothers’ invention gave birth to cinemas. They are also celebrated for developing the first colored picture process.

4. Adolf and Rudolf Dassler

The success story of these two siblings is quite interesting because it ended up as a profitable rivalry. In the 1920s, Adolf and Rudolf Dassler created their first shoe company in their mother’s laundry room; they called it the Dassler Brothers Shoe Company.

Even though the company did amazingly well, the siblings did not see eye to eye, so they separated in 1949. Adolf formed Adidas, which was named after his nickname “Adi” and the prefix of his last name, Dassler. On the other hand, Rudolf formed Ruda, which was later rebranded as Puma, and the rivalry intensified.

Adidas and Puma fought fiercely over who was the best shoemaker in the world and even built factories next to each other. The rivalry aside, both Dassler brothers achieved immense success. Their companies remained firm long after they passed away in the 70s.

5. The Jackson Five

Before Michael Jackson went solo and became the best pop star of all time, he was part of the Jackson Five. They were a team of exceptionally gifted musicians comprising Michael, Jackie, Tito, Marlon, and Jermaine. During the 70s, the Jackson Family were music legends, even among white audiences.

Unfortunately, the success of the Jackson Five didn’t last long. When Michael left, he overshadowed his siblings, which led to its dissolution.

6. Serena and Venus Williams

Serena and Venus are the perfect examples of how it is possible to break the one-sibling success stereotype. The two girls were raised in the same environment, which forged their careers as the best female tennis players in the world.

While growing up, their father, Richard Williams, taught the two out of five siblings how to play tennis. He saw the talent in his kids and harnessed it throughout their teen years. Today, Serena and Venus Williams are record-breaking tennis players, and even though they often found themselves on the opposite side of the court, their relationship remained (still is) tight.

7. The Mayo Brothers

Mayo Clinic is a popular online resource for medical advice, news, and information. It is also an exemplary clinical practice in the US that offers professional medical care. The facility was propelled by two brothers, Charlie and Will Mayo, in 1889.

It only had 27 beds at the time, and the two brothers were the leading attending surgeons. The Mayo Clinic was initially a sole proprietorship medical practice founded by their father, William Worrall Mayo, in 1864 in Rochester. These two siblings also got some help from the Sisters of St. Francis.

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Last Update: July 9, 2024