Possibly one of the biggest and most tragic family business stories in science fiction is the Star Wars Saga. Anakin Skywalker, a young orphan, is found to have a strong bond to the Force that connects all things, and is chosen by the mystical order of the Jedi to train as a Jedi Knight. Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi takes the boy under his wing and serves as a surrogate father to him, but we are told that Jedi must lead an ascetic lifestyle, and not have wives or children of their own.

Anakin falls in love with Queen/Senator Padme Amidala, and forgets this objective, having twin children, Luke and Leia. However, when Padme dies, Anakin goes mad, and continues the rest of the way down the path that will lead him to become Darth Vader, Lord of the Sith, a master of the Dark Side of the Force.

Anakin’s children are hidden from him, wisely, but Luke feels the call of the Jedi and begins to follow in his father’s footsteps. Anakin, now Darth Vader, has adopted a very different business model, becoming the face of the evil Galactic Empire. Like most fathers, he very much wants Luke to see things his way and join him.

Like many sons, Luke rebels, and trains to become a Jedi and fight for the Light Side of the Force. A conflict like this could end very badly, but fortunately, in this case, the leading generation is flexible. Anakin eventually comes back to Luke’s way of thinking, and betrays the master who led him down the dark path.

Although it costs him his life, Anakin eventually leaves a legacy in Luke that may allow the Jedi to rise and flourish once again.

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