When it comes to naming the richest people in the country, most people can manage a few names. You can probably come up with a few folks whose savings stand out, including Bill Gates, Oprah and Mark Zuckerberg. But could you name the richest person in each state?
That’s exactly what one recently created map does, and it’s a wealth of information. Using data from Forbes, HowMuch.net recently created an infographic mapping out the richest person in each state, and it’s a fairly revealing document.
Keep in mind: This is a snapshot in time, as people’s net worth changes constantly. Since much of their worth is tied up in stocks, and stock values fluctuate all day long, their net worth changes just as much.
A few things we learned? The majority of the richest people in the country are actually self-made, having earned their fortunes through hustle and hard work. Interestingly, the West also has a higher concentration of wealth than the East coast does, and there are far more men on the list than there are women. The country is also home to the two richest people in the world: Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.
So, let’s dive in, shall we?
Who is the richest person in every state?
Last year, Alabama resident Jimmy Rane became the richest man in his home state. He’s the founder of Great Southern Wood Preserving, one of the largest treated lumber companies in the world, and has a net worth of $.7 billion. He’s put that money to good use, as well: he’s focused on bringing new life to his hometown of Abbeville, where he grew up and still lives today.
Alaska’s tied! Both Jonathan Rubini and Leonard Hyde have a net work of $0.3 billion each—which makes sense, considering the two are business partners who run a successful real estate business out of Anchorage.
Bruce Halle has made a cool $6 billion with his tire company, Discount Tire.
The founder of Wal-Mart, Sam Walton, left a few wealthy children behind. Among them is Jim Walton, the richest man in Arkansas, who now has a net worth of $34.9 billion and his own company—Arvest Bank Group—to his name.
California’s richest man is none other than one of the biggest names in technology today: Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, with a net worth of $62.4 billion.
Charles Ergen, c0-founder and chairman of satellite TV provider Dish, has a net worth of $18.8 billion. Originally from Tennessee, he now calls Denver home.
Ray Dalio, the founder of the world’s largest hedge fund, has a net worth of $16.8 billion and has made a name for himself as Connecticut’s most generous donor over the last 15 years.
Brother-sister duo Elizabeth Snyder and Robert Gore are tied for the position of richest resident in Delaware. Each has a net worth of $0.7 billion, largely thanks to their parents, who founded the company that created Gore-Tex.
The founder and CEO of Interactive Brokers Group, Thomas Peterffy, has $13.2 billion to his name.
Media giant Jim Kennedy is chairman of the family-owned Cox Enterprises, an automotive and media company based in Atlanta.
The founder of eBay, Pierre Omidyar, was born in France—but he now lives in Hawaii with his family and owns resort properties in Mexico and California. In the past few years, he’s been giving his eBay shares away to his philanthropic firm, but he still has an impressive net worth of $8.9 billion.
Idaho Falls resident Frank VanderSloot is the founder and CEO of Melaleuca, an online wellness-focused retail company. His business model has earned him a net worth of nearly $2 billion.