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 HowMuch.net 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: $13.bn
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