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This Is the Richest Person in Every State

Each region in America is home to a handful of billionaires and successful businesspeople.

In the United States, everyone wants the American Dream: to come to this prosperous land and build a rich and fruitful life. But only a few people truly make it to the top of the food chain. We're talking about the billionaire tycoons who are in charge of some of the country's most influential empires. If you're curious which magnates are in your own backyard, read on, and discover the richest person in every state. And to find out where your dollar doesn't go as far, This Is the State Where Your Money Is Worth the Least.


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Jeff Bezos: $117.1 billion

Jeff Bezos is the founder and CEO of Amazon. He is currently the richest person in the world, followed by Bill Gates. And for more interesting tidbits, check out why Rich Men Are Twice as Likely to Have This Deadly Condition, Study Finds.


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Warren Buffett: $89.6 billion

Warren Buffet, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, is a business mogul and investor. He is also the seventh wealthiest person in the world.


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Mark Zuckerberg: $81.9 billion

Mark Zuckerberg is the famous founder of Facebook. And if you're looking to build your own business, it might help to live in The Smartest State in the U.S.

New York

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Michael Bloomberg: $58.4 billion

Michael Bloomberg was the former mayor of New York City between 2002 to 2013. He also ran for president in 2020.


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Jim Walton: $51.9 billion

Jim Walton is the youngest son of Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart. As heir to the supermarket fortune, he is the eighth richest person in the world.


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Alice Walton: $51.7 billion

Alice Walton is the richest woman in the world, and the only daughter of Sam Walton. And for more up-to-date information, sign up for our daily newsletter.


Charles Koch, head of Koch Industries, talks about his book on Market Based Management.
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Charles Koch: $42.8 billion

Charles Koch is chairman and CEO of Koch Industries, a diversified brand involved with a variety of industries, including electronics, forest and consumer products, refining, trading, investments, and ranching. It is America's second largest private company by revenue.


Sheldon and Myriam Adelson, owners of the Venetian Hotel
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Sheldon Adelson: $41.4 billion

Sheldon Adelson owns and runs the Las Vegas Sands Corporation as CEO.


Nike co-founder Phil Knight is all smiles on the sideline during the NCAA football game between the Oregon Ducks and the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium
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Phil Knight and family: $40.0 billion

Phil Knight is the co-founder and former CEO of sports brand Nike.


Jacqueline Mars arrives for the formal Artist's Dinner honoring the recipients of the 42nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors at the USA Department of State in Washington, DC on Saturday, December 7, 2019.
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Jacqueline Mars: $30.2 billion

Jacqueline is one of the many Mars family members on this list. They run Mars Inc., the candy dynasty that makes Snickers, M&M's, and Twix. In total, the entire family is worth about $90 billion.


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John Mars: $30.2 billion

Other than being a candy tycoon, Jacqueline's brother, John, was made an honorary knight by Queen Elizabeth II.


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Ray Dalio: $18.7 billion

Ray Dalio is a hedge fund manager and entrepreneur who founded Bridgewater Associates in 1975.


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Thomas Peterffy: $17.6 billion

Thomas Peterffy founded Interactive Brokers, where he continues to be the chairman.


Fidelity Chairman and CEO Abigail Johnson interviews former New York City Mayor and founder of Bloomberg L.P. Michael Bloomberg about innovation at the Boston-based HubWeek in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., October 13, 2017.

Abigail Johnson: $16.0 billion

For the last six years, Abigail Johnson has been the president and CEO of Fidelity Investments. She's also the chairman of Fidelity International.


Pierre Omidyar
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Pierre Omidyar: $13.2 billion

Thanks to Pierre Omidyar, you can bid for your heart's greatest desires on eBay, the company he created in 1995.


Ken Griffin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Citadel, speaks during the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., May 1, 2017.

Ken Griffin: $13.1 billion

Ken Griffin founded the investment firm Citadel in 1990 and currently acts as CEO.


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Thomas Frist Jr and family: $13.0 billion

Thomas Frist Jr is a co-founder of HCA Healthcare.


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John Menard Jr: $11.7 billion

John Menard Jr founded and owns Menards, a chain of home improvement stores in the Midwest. He is also known for being the owner of a former INDYCAR racing team.


Los Angeles Kings owner Philip Anschutz, right, with his team pose for a group picture after beating the New Jersey Devils 6-1 in game 6 to win the Stanley Cup , Monday, June 11, 2012, in Los Angeles.
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Philip Anschutz: $11.5 billion

Philip Anschutz is a jack-of-all-trades, and has his hands in many industries. His most notable title is the owner of the NHL's Los Angeles Kings.


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Carl Cook: $10.4 billion

Carl Cook is the heir and CEO of the Cook Group, a medical device company.


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Jim Kennedy: $9.9 billion

Jim Kennedy is the chairman and former CEO of the media company, Cox Enterprises.


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Harold Hamm and family: $9.7 billion

Harold Hamm accumulated his fortune through his involvements in the oil industry.

North Carolina

Jim Goodnight, CEO, SAS, (L) and Douglas Elmendorf, Director, Congressional Budget Office participate in the U.S. Overview: When Will Growth Resume? panel at the 2009 Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California on April 27, 2009.
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Jim Goodnight: $8 billion

James Goodnight is a software developer and CEO of the SAS Institute, which he co-founded in the '70s.


Victoria B. Mars, heiress of the Mars family and chairman of Mars Inc, speaking at an Mars Drinks corporate event
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Victoria Mars: $7.5 billion

Victoria Mars is the former chairman of Mars, Inc.



Pauline MacMillan Keinath: $6.9 billion

Pauline MacMillan Keinath is a billionaire heiress of the Cargill fortune. Cargill, an agriculture corporation, is the largest private company in America.


This is the third Attessa built by billionaire Dennis Washington All have been Feadships.
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Dennis Washington: $6.7 billion

Dennis Washington owns a handful of private companies in the U.S. and Canada. He is also passionate about his fleet of mega-yachts (pictured here).


Detroit businessman Dan Gilbert takes part in a conversation as a featured speaker during an event at Cobo Center before the start of press days for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., January 8, 2017.

Daniel Gilbert: $6.5 billion

Dan Gilbert co-founded Quicken Loans in the '80s, then went on to buy the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA team.


A logo sign outside of the headquarters of the DriveTime Automotive Group Inc., in Tempe, Arizona, on February 3, 2018.
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Ernest Garcia II: $6.2 billion

Ernest Garcia II is a used car businessman, who owns DriveTime and has a huge stake in Carvana.

New Jersey

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John Overdeck: $6.1 billion

John Overdeck is the co-founder of the investment firm Two Sigma.


Nationals owner Ted Lerner hugs his wife Annette in the dugout during the opening day of Spring Training for the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach on February 28, 2017.
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Ted Lerner and family: $5.5 billion

Ted Lerner is the former owner of the Washington Nationals baseball team.


Harry Stine, chief executive for Stine Seed, poses next to corn planted near the company's offices in Adel, Iowa, U.S. October 26, 2016.

Harry Stine: $5.4 billion

Harry Stine founded a seed company that makes stronger crops without the need for pesticides.


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Tamara Gustavson: $5 billion

As the daughter of B. Wayne Hughes, Tamara Gustavson inherited the fortune of her father's storage company.


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Les Wexner and family: $4.5 billion

Les Wexner founded and formerly headed L Brands, a retail empire that includes popular outlets like Bath & Body Works and Victoria's Secret.


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Frank VanderSloot: $3.7 billion

Frank VanderSloot is the CEO of Melaleuca, a wellness company that makes eco-friendly household cleaning supplies, health supplements, and more than 400 other products.


New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson and his wife, Gayle
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Gayle Benson: $3.1 billion

After her husband passed away, Gayle Benson gained control over the New Orleans Saints football team and the New Orleans Pelicans basketball team.


Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor presents Kobe Bryant with the game ball after Bryant moved past Michael Jordan on the all-time scorers list on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
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Glen Taylor: $2.8 billion

Glen Taylor has power from many places. Besides being a politician in the Minnesota senate, he also owns the Star Tribune newspaper and the Minnesota Timberwolves NBA basketball team.

South Dakota

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First Premier Bank

T. Denny Sanford: $2.4 billion

Thomas Denny Sanford founded the First Premier Bank and is the CEO of United National Corporation.


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Susan Alfond: $1.9 billion

Susan Alfond's father, Harold, built Dexter Shoe Company in the 1950s. She is the heiress to the family fortune.

South Carolina

Clemson University opens the Zucker Family Graduate Education Center in North Charleston, SC. The $21.5 million, 70,000 square foot facility is home to master's degrees and doctorate in an array of engineering and IT-related fields.
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Anita Zucker: $1.9 billion

Anita Zucker is the CEO and chairwoman of the InterTech Group. She's also a philanthropist who helped found the Zucker Family Graduate Education Center in North Charleston with the former Clemson University president James F. Barker (pictured here).

Rhode Island

Jonathan Nelson, Founder and CEO, Providence Equity Partners, speaks at the annual Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., on Tuesday, April 30, 2013.
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Jonathan Nelson: $1.8 billion

Jonathan Nelson started the firm Provide Equity Partners in the '80s. It now is in charge of more than 180 companies, such as the triathlon series, Ironman.


Alec Burks (10) of the Utah Jazz during the Hawks versus Jazz game at Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia.
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Gail Miller: $1.6 billion

Gail Miller is the chairwoman of the Salt Lake Community College and owner of the Utah Jazz NBA basketball team.

West Virginia

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Jim Justice II: $1.5 billion

James Justice II has been the governor of West Virginia since 2017. He also specializes in industries such as coal mining and agriculture.


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James and Thomas Duff: $1.4 billion

Together, brothers James and Thomas Duff built and run Duff Capital Investors.

North Dakota

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Gary Tharaldson: $1 billion

Gary Tharaldson bought a Super 8 Motel in the '80s and continued buying hotels for the next two decades. He eventually owned more than 350 properties.


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Great Southern Wood Preserving

Jimmy Rane: $900 million

Jimmy Rane is the founder and CEO of Great Southern Wood Preserving, a company that specializes in lumber products such as fences and decks.


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Elizabeth Snyder: $900 million

Elizabeth Snyder received her fortune thanks to Gore-Tex, a waterproof fabric used in athletic gear that was created by her family's company, W.L. Gore & Associates.

New Hampshire

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Andrea Reimann-Ciardelli: $700 million

Though she was born in Germany, Andrea Reimann-Ciardelli is an American heiress known for having a stake in the AB Holding Company.

New Mexico

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Mack Energy Corporation

Mack C. Chase: $700 million

Mack C. Chase founded an energy corporation and has many influential ties within the oil and natural gas industries.


John Abele
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John Abele: $600 million

John Abele co-founded Boston Scientific, a medical device development company.


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JL Properties

Leonard Hyde, Jonathan Rubini and families: $300 million

Leonard Hyde and Jonathan Rubini are partners that run JL Properties, the real estate development company that is responsible for some of Anchorage's biggest buildings. And for more fun facts, check out the 24 Celebrities Who Still Live in Their Hometown.

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