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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: $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 Adelson: $41.4 billion
Sheldon Adelson owns and runs the Las Vegas Sands Corporation as CEO.
Phil Knight and family: $40.0 billion
Phil Knight is the co-founder and former CEO of sports brand Nike.
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.
John Mars: $30.2 billion
Other than being a candy tycoon, Jacqueline's brother, John, was made an honorary knight by Queen Elizabeth II.
Ray Dalio: $18.7 billion
Ray Dalio is a hedge fund manager and entrepreneur who founded Bridgewater Associates in 1975.
Thomas Peterffy: $17.6 billion
Thomas Peterffy founded Interactive Brokers, where he continues to be the chairman.
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: $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: $13.1 billion
Ken Griffin founded the investment firm Citadel in 1990 and currently acts as CEO.
Thomas Frist Jr and family: $13.0 billion
Thomas Frist Jr is a co-founder of HCA Healthcare.
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.
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.
Carl Cook: $10.4 billion
Carl Cook is the heir and CEO of the Cook Group, a medical device company.
Jim Kennedy: $9.9 billion
Jim Kennedy is the chairman and former CEO of the media company, Cox Enterprises.
Harold Hamm and family: $9.7 billion
Harold Hamm accumulated his fortune through his involvements in the oil industry.
Jim Goodnight: $8 billion
James Goodnight is a software developer and CEO of the SAS Institute, which he co-founded in the '70s.
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.
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).
Daniel Gilbert: $6.5 billion
Dan Gilbert co-founded Quicken Loans in the '80s, then went on to buy the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA team.
Ernest Garcia II: $6.2 billion
Ernest Garcia II is a used car businessman, who owns DriveTime and has a huge stake in Carvana.
John Overdeck: $6.1 billion
John Overdeck is the co-founder of the investment firm Two Sigma.
Ted Lerner and family: $5.5 billion
Ted Lerner is the former owner of the Washington Nationals baseball team.
Harry Stine: $5.4 billion
Harry Stine founded a seed company that makes stronger crops without the need for pesticides.
Tamara Gustavson: $5 billion
As the daughter of B. Wayne Hughes, Tamara Gustavson inherited the fortune of her father's storage company.
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.
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.
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.
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.
T. Denny Sanford: $2.4 billion
Thomas Denny Sanford founded the First Premier Bank and is the CEO of United National Corporation.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
James and Thomas Duff: $1.4 billion
Together, brothers James and Thomas Duff built and run Duff Capital Investors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: $600 million
John Abele co-founded Boston Scientific, a medical device development company.
Leonard Hyde, Jonathan Rubini and families: $300 million
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