The Richest Person in Every State in 2017

    Have you ever wondered who is the richest person in your state? We now have a list of the richest people in all 50 states compiled by

    The United States is known to have many millionaires and billionaires. But it turns out that not all states are equal when it comes to the rich and powerful. Where does your state fall? Take a look at the map below to see the richest person in every state.

    A photo of the richest person in every state is compiled for each state in the map, along with the person’s name and net worth along with their source of wealth.

    An outright majority of the richest people in the states are self-made. Nearly all of the wealthiest people in Western states are self-made, while a more mixed group is found among the richest individuals in Northeastern states. There is also a small trend found in familial ties. The wealthiest person in both Texas and Arkansas – Jim and Alice Walton – are from the family that founded retail giant Wal-Mart. The Mars family, the founders of the Mars candy company, also appears twice on the map; John and Jacqueline Mars in Wyoming and Virginia.

    Although the individuals found on the map represent the wealthiest person in each state, the net worth of each person varies to a significant degree. The West Coast – California, Oregon and Washington – is home to some of the wealthiest people in the country. This includes Bill Gates, the wealthiest man in not only the U.S. but the world. The wealthiest person in states with a small population, like Midwestern America states, tend to have a relatively lower net worth compared to larger states. But there are a few notable exceptions, including the world’s second wealthiest man Warren Buffet in sparsely-populated Nebraska.

    There are many millionaires and billionaires found throughout the United States. But some states, particularly highly populated states, are home to the ultra-rich, while other states with smaller populations tend to be home to individuals with relatively lower net worth. It appears that the further you go West, the more you find wealthy individuals that are self-made, rather than inheritors of large fortunes.

    Here is a complete chart of the richest people in every states compiled by their names, net worth in billions, by industry and their source of wealth.



    Net worth ($ bln)



    ALABAMA Jimmy Rane 0.7 Lumber Self Made
    ALASKA Leornard Hyde and Jonathan Rubini & families 0.3 Real Estate Self Made
    ARIZONA Bruce Halle 6 Tires Self Made
    ARKANSAS Jim Walton 38.5 Wal-Mart Inherited
    CALIFORNIA Mark Zuckerberg 62.4 Facebook Self Made
    COLORADO Charles Ergen 18.8 Satellite TV Self Made
    CONNECTICUT Ray Dalio 16.8 Hedge Funds Self Made
    DELAWARE Robert Gore & Elizabeth Snyder 0.7 Gore-Tex Inherited and Growing
    FLORIDA Thomas Peterffy 13.2 Discount Brokerage Self Made
    GEORGIA Jim Kennedy 12.6 Media Inherited and Growing
    HAWAII Pierre Omidyar 8.9 EBay Self Made
    IDAHO Frank Vandersloot 1.9 Nutrition & Wellness Products Self Made
    ILLINOIS Ken Griffin 8 Hedge Funds Self Made
    INDIANA Carl Cook 8 Medical Devices Inherited
    IOWA Harry Stine 3.3 Agriculture Self Made
    KANSAS Charles Koch 47.5 Diversified Inherited and Growing
    KENTUCKY B. Wayne Hughes 2.7 Self Storage Self Made
    LOUISIANA Tom Benson & family 2.6 New Orleans Saints Self Made
    MAINE Susan Alfond 1.4 Shoes Inherited
    MARYLAND Ted Lerner 5.8 Real Estate Self Made
    MASSACHUSETTS Abigail Johnson 14.9 Money Management Inherited and Growing
    MICHIGAN Daniel Gilbert 5.9 Quicken Loans Self Made
    MINNESOTA Whitney Macmillan 5.4 Cargill Inherited
    MISSISSIPPI Leslie Lampton 0.8 Oil Refining, Chemicals Self Made
    MISSOURI Stanley Kroenke 7.5 Sports, Real Estate Self Made
    MONTANA Dennis Washington 5.9 Construction, Mining Self Made
    NEBRASKA Warren Buffett 76.2 Berkshire Hathaway Self Made
    NEVADA Sheldon Adelson 35.6 Casinos Self Made
    NEW HAMPSHIRE Andrea Reimann-Ciardelli 1.1 Consumer Goods Inherited
    NEW JERSEY Donald Newhouse 12 Media Inherited and Growing
    NEW MEXICO Mack C. Chase 0.7 Oil Self Made
    NEW YORK Michael Bloomberg 50.7 Bloomberg LP Self Made
    NORTH CAROLINA James Goodnight 10.1 Software Self Made
    NORTH DAKOTA Gary Tharaldson 0.9 Hotels Self Made
    OHIO Les Wexner & family 6.2 Retail Self Made
    OKLAHOMA Harold Hamm 10.2 Oil and Gas Self Made
    OREGON Phil Knight & family 25.1 Nike Self Made
    PENNSYLVANIA Mary Alice Dorrance Malone 3.8 Campbell’s Soup Inherited
    RHODE ISLAND Jonathan Nelson 2 Private Equity Self Made
    SOUTH CAROLINA Anita Zucker 3 Chemicals Inherited and Growing
    SOUTH DAKOTA T. Denny Sanford 2.1 Banking, Credit Cards Self Made
    TENNESSEE Thomas Frist Jr. & family*********** 8.8 Health Care Self Made
    TEXAS Alice Walton 38.2 Wal-Mart Inherited
    UTAH Gail Miller 1.2 Utah Jazz, Car Dealers Self Made
    VERMONT John Abele 0.6 Health Care Self Made
    VIRGINIA Jacqueline Mars 27.6 Candy Inherited
    WASHINGTON Bill Gates 88.9 Microsoft Self Made
    WEST VIRGINIA Jim Justice II 1.6 Coal Inherited and Growing
    WISCONSIN John Menard Jr. 10.9 Home Improvement Stores Self Made
    WYOMING John Mars 27.6 Candy Inherited

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