Filthy Rich: The Wealthiest Person in Every State
February 28, 2021
California - Larry Ellison - $52.8B
Alaska – Robert Gillam - $320M
Robert Gillam made his fortune in money management. He founded McKinley Capital Management, which oversees $7 billion in assets.
Arizona – Bruce Halle - $6.1B
Bruce Halle made his money by selling tires. He opened the Discount Tire Company.
Arkansas – Jim Walton - $37.6B
Jim Walton is a Wal-mart heir. Jim is the youngest of founder Sam Walton's children and sits on the board.
California - Larry Ellison - $52.8B
Larry Ellison made his fortune with Oracle. He stepped down as CEO in 2014, but still calls some shots at his database-software company.
Colorado - Charles Ergen - $18.2B
Charles Ergan made his money in satellite TV. He's the CEO of DISH Networks, and is considered one of the toughest dealmakers in the cable and satellite TV business.
Connecticut – Ray Dalio - $15.4B
Ray Dalio is a self-made billionaire, opening the world's largest hedge fund firm, Bridgewater Associates.
Delaware – Robert Gore & Elizabeth Snyder - $675M
Robert Gore and Elizabeth Snyder's mother and father developed Gore-Tex.
Florida – Mickey Arison - $7.4B
Mickey Arison made his fortune with Carnival Cruises. He stepped down as CEO in 2013, but is chairman of Carnival Corporation.
Georgia – Anne Cox Chambers - $17B
Anne Cox Chambers and her family own media conglomerate Cox Enterprises.
Hawaii - Pierre Omidyar - $8.1B
Perre Omidyar founded EBay, and sits on the board of both EBay and PayPal.
Idaho – Scott Simplot - $2.3B
Potatoes made Scott Simplot rich. If you have eaten at MCDonald's, you have probably tasted the Simplot family fries.
Illinois - Ken Griffin - $6.6B
Ken Griffin made his fortune with the hedge fund firm Citadel LLC.
Indiana – Carl Cook - $6.7B
Medical devices made Carl Cook rich. He is the CEO of Cook Group, a company his parents began in the spare bedroom of their apartment in 1963.
Iowa – Harry Stine - $3.4B
Harry Stine made his fortune is agriculture. He sells his corn and soybean seed genetics to companies such as Monsanto and Syngenta.
Kansas – Charles Koch - $42.7B
Charles Koch shares Koch Industries with his brother, a $115 billion company. He is one of the most politically influential billionaires in the US.
Kentucky – B. Wayne Hughes - $2.5B
B. Wayne Hughes built his fortune with Public Storage. His company has been going strong since 1972.
Louisiana – Tom Benson - $1.9B
Tom Benson is a sports magnate. He has made his money owning the NFL Saints and the NBA Pelicans.
Maine – Bill & Susan Alfond - $1.2B
Bill and Susan Alfond are brother and sister. Their fortune comes from their parents company, Dexter Shoe Company.
Maryland – Ted Lerner - $5B
Ted Lerner became wealthy with real estate. He started off selling homes to developers, and then built homes himself.
Massachusetts – Abigail Johnson - $13.4B
Abigail Johnson's fortune comes from money management. She took over as CEO of Fidelity in 2014, replacing her father.
Michigan – Hank & Doug Meijer - $10.1B
Hank and Doug Meijer co-chair the family business, grocery store chain Meijer. Their grandfather opened the first store.
Minnesota – Whitney MacMillan - $4.7B
Whitney MacMillan's fortune comes from Cargill, the agriculture company his great-grandfather founded.
Mississippi – Leslie Lampton - $1B
Leslie Lampton founded Ergon, a refining and chemicals conglomerate. The company began as a petroleum retailer with two employees.
Missouri – Jack Taylor - $12.7B
Jack Taylor made his fortune renting cars. He founded Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
Montana – Dennis Washington - $5.8B
Dennis Washington is a self-made billionaire who made his money in construction and mining.
Nebraska - Warren Buffett - $70.2B
Warren Buffett made his billions with decades of smart investing, and his company Berkshire Hathaway.
Nevada – Sheldon Adelson - $29.7B
Sheldon Adelson made his fortune running Las Vegas Sands, America's largest casino company.
New Hampshire – Andrea Reimann-Ciardelli - $1B
Andrea Reimann-Ciardelli made her fortune when she sold her stake in her family's investment company. Her wealth is from consumer goods.
New Jersey – David Tepper - $10.4B
David Tepper made his billions in the hedge fund business, as a manager at Goldman Sachs, and with his own company Appaloosa Management.
New Mexico – Mack C. Chase - $650M
Mack C. Chase made his fortune in the Permian Basin oilfields in Texas and New Mexico.
New York – David Koch - $52.7B
David Koch shares control of $115B company Koch Industries, with his brother Charles. Koch Industries has interests in oil, building materials, and dixie cups.
North Carolina - James Goodnight - $7.5B
James Goodnight made his fortune after co-founding the business analytics software company, SAS.
North Dakota – Gary Tharaldson - $930M
Gary Tharaldson made his money by acquiring and selling hotels across the country.
Ohio – Leslie Wexner - $7.5B
Leslie Wexner made his billions in retail. He's behind the success of Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body Works, Express, and Abercrombie & Fitch.
Oklahoma – Harold Hamm - $13.3B
Harold Hamm made his fortune in oil. He's the chairman and CEO of Continental Resources.
Oregon – Phil Knight - $22.9B
Phil Knight made his billions with Nike.
Pennsylvania – Mary Alice Dorrance Malone - $3.2B
Mary Alice Dorrance Malone is a soup heiress. Her money comes from Campbell Soup, her grandfather's company.
Rhode Island – Jonathan Nelson - $2.1B
Jonathan Nelson made his billions in private equity, founding Providence Equity Partners.
South Carolina- Anita Zucker - $2.2B
Anita Zucker's money comes from chemicals. She is the CEO of The InterTech Group, a conglomerate with interests in chemicals, commercial real estate, manufacturing and aerospace parts production.
South Dakota – T. Denny Sanford - $1.4B
T. Denny Sanford made his fortune owning PREMIER Bank and PREMIER Bankcard.
Tennessee – Thomas Frist, Jr. - $8.2B
Thomas Frist, Jr. made his fortune in health care, founding Hospital Corp. of America with his father.
Texas – Alice Walton - $36.4B
Alice Walton's money comes from Wal-mart. She hasn't taken an active role in the company like her siblings.
Utah – Jon Huntsman - $1.1B
Jon Huntsman made his fortune with his company Huntsman Chemical.
Vermont – John Abele - $600M
John Abele has made his fortune in health care. He co-founded Boston Scientific, a medical device company.
Virginia – Jacqueline Mars - $26.8B
Jacqueline Mars and her two brothers own Mars, the candy company that was started by their grandfather.
Washington – Bill Gates - $78.8B
The richest man in the US. Bill Gates made his billions with Microsoft, and now uses the money for his philanthropic foundation.
West Virginia – Jim Justice, II - $1.7B
Jim Justice, II's wealth comes from the coal business he inherited from his father.
Wisconsin – John Menard, Jr. - $9.1B
John Menard, Jr. is a self-made billionaire, making his fortune with Menards home improvement stores.
Wyoming – Christy Walton - $39.1B