The practice of nepotism has a long history, arguably existing in a variety of domains (political, business, religious, etc.) since the beginnings of society. Pope Callixtus III, B. C. Forbes, John Kennedy, Rupert Murdoch, and Sam Walton have all practiced nepotism—all used their positions to show favoritism to their kin, elevating them to positions of power and authority. The term originates from the Latin term nepos, or “nephew,” and was frequently practiced in the Catholic Church when celibate religious officials elevated nephews to leadership positions. Nepotism is not, of course, limited to childless members of the clergy. The practice goes much further back to the earliest monarchies and dynasties in history. Nepotism today, however, may look much different than a familial passing of the torch. ...

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