This map shows the richest person in every state


Phil Knight founded Nike in 1964, and he’s been making bank ever since. Knight and his family have a net worth of at least $25.1 billion, according to Forbes.

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Pennsylvania’s wealthiest resident, Mary Alice Dorrance Malone, is worth $3.8 billion. She can thank her grandfather, the founder of Campbell’s Soup Co., for the inheritance.

Rhode Island

Jonathan Nelson is the CEO of Providence Equity Partners and is worth a cool $2 billion.

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South Carolina

Anita Zucker’s late husband founded InterTech, a lucrative chemical manufacturing company, in 1982. Ever since his death in 2008, Zucker has been running the company as CEO.

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South Dakota

Worth over $2 billion, First Premier Bank CEO and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford has reportedly said he wants to die broke. He uses his position as South Dakota’s richest resident to send checks directly to worthy foundations.


Thomas Frist Jr. and his family are worth nearly $9 billion, thanks to their healthcare service business, Hospital Corp of America, which runs hundreds of hospitals and surgical centers across the country.


When it comes to sorting the richest people in the United States, Alice Walton ranks pretty high. She’s the daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton and has a net worth of $38.2 billion.

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Gail Miller, owner and chairman of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, grew her company from a single car dealership in 1979 to include over 80 separate businesses today.


John Abele, owner of the medical device company Boston Scientific, is worth $0.6 billion and ranks as Vermont’s richest resident.

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Jacqueline Mars, worth $27.6 billion, is the United States’ third richest woman. Mars owns a third of the Mars candy company, which her grandfather founded over a century ago.

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He’s not only the richest man in Washington—he’s the richest man in the world. Bill Gates, cofounder of Microsoft and chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is worth a startling $88.9 billion.

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West Virginia

Jim Justice II might be the current governor of West Virginia, but he earned his fortune as a coal mining businessman. He’s currently the richest man in the state, with a net worth of $1.6 billion.


John Menard Jr. is the president and CEO of Menards, a hardware store chain. His net worth currently sits at around $10.9 billion.

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Jacqueline Mars isn’t the only candy tycoon to make the list of richest Americans. Just like his sister, John Mars owns a third of his grandfather’s candy empire and has a net worth of $27.6 billion.

Of course, these are just the richest people in the United States for 2017. Keep your eye open for next year’s infographic, since these lists tend to get shaken up a bit from year to year.

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