This map shows the richest person in every state


With a stunning net worth of $8 billion, Ken Griffin easily ranks as the wealthiest person in Illinois. He started trading stocks while in university, but he truly started building his empire when he founded Citadel, a global hedge fund.

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After his father died, Indiana resident Carl Cook took over his parents’ medical device business, the Cook Group, in 2011. It’s made him a veritable fortune: according to Forbes, his net worth is $8 billion.


Living up to Iowa’s agricultural reputation, Harry Stine earned his $3.3 billion fortune by founding Stine Seed, a seed genetic company, in 1979.


Charles Koch, the CEO of the family-owned multinational corporation Koch Industries, has one of the highest net worths in the United States, with $47.5 billion to his name.


If you’ve ever looked for self storage options, you’ve probably come across Public Storage, the storage business that earned founder B. Wayne Hughes a net worth of nearly $3 billion.

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Businessman Tom Benson’s love of sports have made him and his family some of the wealthiest people in Louisiana. Benson owns both the New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans, as well as several buildings in New Orleans, and has a net worth of $2.6 billion.

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Susan Alfond has a net worth of $1.4 billion, largely due to the success of her father’s highly lucrative shoe company, the Dexter Shoe Company.


In 1952, Ted Lerner borrowed $250 from his wife to start his own real estate company—and he now owns over 20 million square feet of retail and commercial property (not to mention the Washington Nationals baseball team).

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Abigail Johnson is CEO and chairman of Fidelity, a mutual fund firm originally founded by her grandfather. The Massachusetts resident has a reported net worth of $14.9 billion, according to Forbes.


Franklin resident Daniel Gilbert has a lot going on: not only is he the founder of a handful of companies (including Quicken Loans, JACK Entertainment and Rock Ventures), but he’s a majority owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Whitney Macmillan is the former CEO of Cargill, a privately held global corporation. While he was the last Macmillan to serve as CEO of the company, the Cargills and Macmillans still own around 90 percent of the corporation.


Mississippi’s Leslie Lampton earned his $0.8 billion after founding Ergon, a refining and chemicals conglomerate, in the 1950s.

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