The wealthiest person in every US state, mapped

Louis Staples
Monday 27 April 2020 16:00
( / Forbes)

America has a lot of billionaires. Like, a lot.

But have you ever wondered who is the richest person in each of the 50 states? Well now we know.

A new map created by shows the incredible variance in the biggest fortunes on a state-by-state basis. Based on data from Forbes, it serves as a map of money most of us can only dream of.

The map is based on figures from before coronavirus turned the global economy upside down. But it might be the case that billionaires like Jeff Bezos, who comes in at number one with $117bn, might actually end up increasing their wealth as sales boom during the pandemic. Similarly to Amazon, the heirs of the Walmart fortune in the Walton family, including Jim Walton, are seeing Walmart’s stock price hold relatively steady.

Other billionaires, like Sheldon Adelson in Nevada or Philip Anschutz of Colorado, might not be so fortunate, with fortunes made in the badly impacted areas of tourism, hospitality and sport. The struggle is real.

The map reveals that there’s actually a huge disparity even in the wealth of the super rich, with fortunes ranging from over $100bn to a mere $300m, which is surely pocket change to the big hitters on the list.

Meanwhile, at least 26 million Americans are currently unemployed...

But here’s the full ranking of the super-rich at the opposite end of the scale:

1 Jeff Bezos, Washington: $117.1bn

2 Warren Buffett , Nebraska: $89.6bn

3 Mark Zuckerberg, California: $81.9bn

4 Michael Bloomberg, New York: $58.4bn

5 Jim Walton, Arkansas: $51.9bn

6 Alice Walton, Texas: $51.7bn

7 Charles Koch, Kansas, $42.8bn

8 Sheldon Adelson, Nevada, $41.4bn

9 Phil Knight, Oregon: $40bn

10 Jacqueline Mars, Virginia: $30.2bn

11 John Mars, Wyoming: $30.2bn

12 Ray Dalio, Connecticut: $18.7bn

13 Thomas Peterffy, Florida: $17.6bn

14 Abigail Johnson, Massachusetts: $16bn

15 Pierre Omidyar: Hawaii, $13.2bn

16 Ken Griffin, Illinois: $

17 Thomas Frist Jr and family, Tennessee: $13.0

18 John Menard Jr, Wisconsin: $11.7bn

19 Philip Anschutz, Colorado: $11.5bn

20 Carl Cook,Indiana: $10.4bn

21 Jim Kennedy, Georgia: $9.9bn

22 Harold Hamm & family, Oklahoma: $9.7bn

23 James Goodnight, North Carolina: $8bn

24 Victoria Mars, Pennsylvania: $7.5bn

25 Pauline MacMillan Keinath, Missouri: $6.9bn

26 Dennis Washington, Montana : $6.7bn

27 Daniel Gilbert, Michigan: $6.5bn

28 Ernest Garcia II, Arizona: $6.2bn

29 John Overdeck, New Jersey: $6.1bn

30 Ted Lerner and family, Maryland: $5.5

31 Harry Stine, Iowa: $5.4bn

32 Tamara Gustavson, Kentucky : $5bn

33 Les Wexner and family, Ohio: $4.5bn

34 Frank VanderSloot, Idaho: $3.7bn

35 Gayle Benson, Louisiana: $3.1bn

36 Glen Taylor, Minnesota: $2.8bn

37 T. Denny Sanford, South Dakota: $2.4bn

38 Susan Alfond, Maine: $1.9bn

39 Anita Zucker, South Carolina: $1.9bn

40 Jonathan Nelson, Rhode Island: $1.8bn

41 Gail Miller, Utah: $1.6bn

42 Jim Justice II, West Virginia: $1.5bn

43 James and Thomas Duff, Mississippi: $1.4bn

44 Gary Tharaldson, North Dakota: $1bn

45 Jimmy Rane, Alabama: $0.9bn

46 Elizabeth Snyder and Robert Gore, Delaware: $0.9bn

47 Andrea Reimann-Ciardelli: New Hampshire: $0.7bn

48 Mack C. Chase: New Mexico: $0.7bn

49 John Abele: Vermont: $0.6bn

50 Leonard Hyde, Jonathan Rubini and Families, Alaska: $0.3

H/T: VisualCapitalist