Some of America’s richest families own stakes in the oldest enterprises. The Rockefellers, Waltons, DuPonts, Johnsons and Mellons control fortunes in the billions of dollars, which are spread among their descendents. These families have had generations of trust fund babies, which essentially are people who are expected to be retired for the rest of their lives.
One common characteristic between all of these families is that their wealth is stored in companies paying consistently increasing dividends. The Waltons have Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), the Rockefellers have Exxon-Mobil (NYSE:XOM), the Johnsons have Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) and the Stryker Family has Stryker Corporation (NYSE:SYK). The rising dividend payments generated by the companies these families own generate the sufficient stream of income to pay for the monthly expenses of generations of descendants. These families essentially have managed to live off dividends for decades.
Investors interested in generating an income stream off their capital that will last several generations should look no further than dividend growth stocks. Take the Stryker Family, for example: Their core holding announced an 18% increase in dividend income over the past week.
Stryker, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a medical technology company worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Reconstructive, MedSurg, and Neurotechnology and Spine. The company raised its quarterly dividend by 18% to 21.25 cents per share. This marked the 19th consecutive annual dividend increase for this dividend achiever. Yield: 1.8%
Other companies that rewarded their shareholders with dividend hikes include:
Universal Health Realty Income Trust (NYSE:UHT) operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. The company invests in health care and human service-related facilities, including acute care hospitals, behavioral health care facilities, rehabilitation hospitals, sub-acute facilities, surgery centers, childcare centers and medical office buildings. The company increased its quarterly dividend by 0.8% to 61 cents per share. This marked the 23th consecutive annual dividend increase for this dividend achiever. Yield: 6.5% (analysis)
Valspar (NYSE:VAL) manufactures and distributes coatings, paints and related products worldwide. The company increased its quarterly dividend by 11.1% to 20 cents per share. This marked the 34th consecutive annual dividend increase for this dividend champion. Yield: 2.2%
Ameriprise Financial (NYSE:AMP), through its subsidiaries, provides financial planning, products and services primarily in the United States. The company increased its quarterly dividend by 21.7% to 28 cents per share. This marked the eighth consecutive annual dividend increase for this dividend stock. Yield: 2.3%
Enbridge (NYSE:ENB) engages in the transportation and distribution of crude oil and natural gas primarily in Canada and the United States. The company increased its quarterly dividend by 15% to 28.25 Canadian cents per share. Enbridge is an international dividend achiever that has increased dividends for 17 years in a row. Yield: 3.1%
Edison International (NYSE:EIX), through its subsidiaries, engages in the supply of electric energy. Its distribution system consists of approximately 60,000 circuit miles of overhead lines, 43,500 circuit miles of underground lines and 700 distribution substations located in California. The company increased its quarterly dividend by 1.6% to 32.5 cents per share. This marked the ninth consecutive annual dividend increase for Edison International. Edison International has paid dividends for more than 100 years. Yield: 3.3%