The Richest Person in Every U.S. State in 2015

Wealthiest American 2015Who’s the wealthiest person in your state?

If you’re curious about the top earners in the United Stat-s, Forbes just released a state-by-state breakdown of America’s richest individuals.

Readers will probably recognize some famous names like Nebraska-based Warren Buffett, California’s Larry Ellison, and Washington’s Bill Gates. But there are plenty of less recognizable figures that made the cut.

Take Anne Cox Chambers from Georgia, whose privately-held Cox Enterprises brings her total wealth to a staggering $15.5 billion. Another lesser known billionaire is oil tycoon, Harold Hamm. As Chairman and CEO of Continental Resources Inc., Hamm amassed a fortune of $14.6 billion. (Source: Forbes, June 23, 2015.)


And just when you thought it couldn’t get more impressive, it turns out there are family fortunes so large that multiple members make the list. David Koch is the wealthiest person in New York, while his brother Charles Koch takes the top spot in Kansas. Each brother has a net worth of $42.7 billion.

The family behind retailing giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. also has multiple people on the list. Christy, Alice, and Jim Walton all have around $35.0 billion apiece, making them the richest people in Wyoming, Texas, and Arkansas, respectively. However, they rank poorly on Forbes’s Self-Made Score chart, having inherited their wealth from their father, Sam Walton.

Bill Gates still tops the list as the wealthiest man in the U.S., and the world, for that matter. His net worth is $78.8 billion.

The combined wealth of all 442 billionaires adds up to $700 billion. That’s enough to buy Google Inc. and Facebook Inc., and still have $100 billion left over. Interestingly, it’s also the same amount as the Troubled Asset Relief Program which was needed to bail out Wall Street banks in 2008.



Net Worth

Origin of Wealth

Alabama Garry Drummond $980 M Drummond Company Inc. – Coal
Alaska Robert Gillam $320 M McKinley Capital Management LLC – Money management
Arizona Bruce Halle $6 B Discount Tire Co. Inc. – Tires
Arkansas Jim Walton $37.6 B Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE/WMT) – Retail
California Larry Ellison $52.8 B Oracle Corp. (NYSE/ORCL) – Computer technology
Colorado Charles Ergen $18.2 B Dish Network Corp. (NASDAQ/DISH) – Satellite television provider
Connecticut Ray Dalio $15.4 B Bridgewater Associates – Hedge funds
Delaware Robert Gore $675 M L. Gore & Associates Inc. -Gore-Tex
Delaware Elizabeth Snyder $675 M L. Gore & Associates Inc. -Gore-Tex
Florida Micky Arison $7.4 B Carnival Corp. (NYSE/CCL) – Cruises
Georgia Anne Cox Chambers $17 B Cox Enterprises – Media
Hawaii Pierre Omidyar $8.1 B eBay Inc. (NASDAQ/ EBAY) – Online auctioneer
Idaho Scott Simplot $2.3 B J.R. Simplot Co. – Frozen French fries and fertilizer
Illinois Ken Griffin $6.6 B Citadel LLC – Hedge funds
Indiana Carl Cook $6.7 B Cook Group – Medical devices
Iowa Harry Stine $3.4 B Stine Seed – Agriculture
Kansas Charles Koch $42.7 B Koch Industries Inc. – Diversified
Kentucky Wayne Hughes $2.5 B Public Storage (NYSE/PSA) – Storage
Louisiana Tom Benson $1.9 B Owner, New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans
Maine Bill Alfond $1.2 B Dexter Shoe Co. – Shoes
Maine Susan Alfond $1.2 B Dexter Shoe Co. – Shoes
Maryland Ted Lerner $5 B Lerner Enterprises – Real estate; Owner, Washington Nationals
Massachusetts Abigail Johnson $13.4 B Fidelity Investments – Money management
Michigan Hank & Doug Meijer $10.1 B Meijer Inc. – Supermarkets
Minnesota Whitney MacMillan $4.7 B Cargill Inc. – Agriculture
Mississippi Leslie Lampton $1 B Ergon Inc. – Oil refining, chemicals
Missouri Jack Taylor $12.7 B Enterprise Holdings Inc. -Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Montana Dennis Washington $5.8 B Washington Companies – Construction, mining
Nebraska Warren Buffett $70.2 B Berkshire Hathaway Inc.(NYSE/BRK.A, BRK.B) – Multinational conglomerate
Nevada Sheldon Adelson $29.7 B Las Vegas Sands Corp.(NYSE/LVS) – Casinos
New Hampshire Andrea Reimann-Ciardelli $1 B JAB Holding Co. – Consumer goods
New Jersey David Tepper $10.4 B Appaloosa Management – Hedge funds
New Mexico Mack C. Chase $650 M Mack Energy Corp. – Oil
New York David Koch $42.7 B Koch Industries Inc. – Diversified
North Carolina James Goodnight $7.5 B SAS Institute – Software
North Dakota Gary Tharaldson $930 M Tharaldson Motels Inc. – Hotels
Ohio Leslie “Les” Wexner $7.5 B L Brands Inc. (NYSE/LB) – Retail (The Limited, Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, and more)
Oklahoma Harold Hamm $13.3 B Continental Resources Inc.(NYSE/CLR) – Oil & gas
Oregon Phil Knight $22.9 B Nike Inc. (NYSE/NKE) – Athletic apparel
Pennsylvania Mary Alice Dorrance Malone $3.2 B Campbell Soup Co. (NYSE/CPB) – Food
Rhode Island Jonathan Nelson $2.1 B Providence Equity Partners Inc. – Private equity
South Carolina Anita Zucker $2.2 B Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) – Retail (Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, and more.)
South Dakota Denny Sanford $1.4 B United National Corp. – Banking, credit cards
Tennessee Thomas Frist, Jr. $8.2 B Hospital Corporation of America – Healthcare
Texas Alice Walton $36.4 B Wal-Mart Stores Inc. – Retail
Utah Jon Huntsman $1.1 B Huntsman Corp. (NYSE/HUN) – Chemicals
Vermont John Abele $600 M Boston Scientific Corp.(NYSE/BSX) – Medical devices
Virginia Jacqueline Mars $26.8 B Mars Inc. – Candy
Washington Bill Gates $78.8 B Microsoft Corp. – Computer technology
West Virginia Jim Justice, II $1.7 B Justice Companies Inc. – Coal; Greenbrier Resort
Wisconsin John Menard, Jr. $9.1 B Menard Inc. – Home retail
Wyoming Christy Walton $39.1 B Wal-Mart Stores Inc. – Retail

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