Continuing our look at the families of Westeros and the family businesses they’d be likely to run:


House Baratheon’s motto was “Ours Is the Fury,” and they certainly showed it with their furious lost for power. First, Robert Baratheon seized the Iron Throne from the Targaryens, then, upon his death, his brothers Stannis and Renly immediately went to war to try to pick up his fallen crown. Although they failed, the Barartheons’ ruthless ability to plan and enact hostile takeovers suggests they would have made a great Venture Capitalism business.


The Martell family, on the peninsula of Dorne, managed to stay somewhat apart from the fray caused by the struggle over the Iron Throne, although it caught up with them eventually. Their motto was “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken,” symbolizing the fact that they were never successfully conquered by another house or faction. Their ability to stand fast and maintain their freedom suggests that in the modern world they might have made a great home security business.


House Tyrell of Highgarden is a powerful family that rules a wide and fertile land called the Reach. The Tyrell family is characterized by their symbol, the rose, beautiful, but watch out for the thorns. They prefer diplomacy and cunning to all-out war, and their typical strategy is to ally themselves with the winning side. When left unmolested, the Tyrell family seems happy to tend to their own home and affairs, which might have made for a great landscaping company.

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