The family is built on the legacy of Richard Joshua ― “R. J.” Reynolds, founder of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. They are known to be the wealthiest citizens of Winston-Salem. In 1913, Reynolds Tobacco Company came up with a great innovation ― the packaged cigarette called Camel cigarettes. His business grew to such an extent that he became the sole owner of 121 buildings in Winston-Salem.
He also served as City Commissioner of Winston-Salem in 1884. The descendants of the Reynolds lineage, through their business deals and great philanthropy work, have always influenced the economic and cultural growth in the United States of America, particularly in the south.