You might think that celebrities are rich, but chances are, the richest person from your state is someone you have never even heard of. Apart from Elon Musk and Jeff Besoz, who feature in this list, every other billionaire is either too busy working or relaxing in their mansion to be seen out and about. You could walk past a billionaire and not even know it. Here’s a list of the richest person from every US state.
1. Alabama – Jimmy Rane
Jimmy Rane is founder and CEO of Great Southern Wood Preserving, so he makes decks and fences, and he makes lots of money for it with a net worth of $1.2 billion, which seems like a lot, but pales in comparison to some others on this list.
2. Alaska – Jordan Rubini & Leonard Hyde
Jordan Rubini and his partner Leonard Hyde own a commercial real estate development company company in Anchorage, Alaska. Together they own most of the cities largest building, you might think that there aren’t any big buildings in Alaska, but these guys’ business is worth $400 million.
3. Arizona – Arturo Moreno
Moreno has an estimated net worth of $4.8 billion, making him the richest person in Arizona. But, his riches come from a venture based in California; Arturo Moreno owns Los Angelos Angels baseball team which he bought in 2003 for $184 million. The team is now worth $12.8 million.
4. Arkansas – Jim Walton
Worth $66.3 billion, John Walton is the youngest son of Walmart founder Sam Walton. He is the chairman of the family’s Arvest Bank which boasts assets worth more than $20 billion. Walton is a generous billionaire though and has donated $2.6 billion to unknown charities.
5. California – Larry Page
Larry Page co founded Google in 1998 with fellow Stanford PhD student Sergey Brin. He is worth $109.6 billion and was CEO until 2001 but is now a founding investor in space exploration company Planetary Resources. He is also funding companies trying to even flying cars. Flying car run with built-in Google, anyone?
6. Colorado – Philip Anschutz
Worth $10.8 billion, Philip Anschutz has built fortunes in oil, railroads, telecom and entertainment for decades. A real jack-of-all-trades, he is also the majority owner of NHL.s Los Angeles Galaxy and he owns the Crypto.com Arena, where the Kings play. He started out young and started selling Kool-Aid on his street when he was six years old.
7. Connecticut – Ray Dalio
Ray Dalio is worth $19.1 billion and is the founder and CIO of Bridgewater associates. This is the world’s biggest hedge fund firm and it manages $124 billion. Connecticut is not short of mansions and fancy cars and Dalio retired entirely in 2022 to opt for a more laid-back, but just as luxurious, lifestyle.
8. Delaware – Elizabeth Snyder
The first lady on our list, Elizabeth Snyder has a net worth of $900 million. She owes her fortune to Gore-Tex, the lightweight, waterproof fabric invented by her late parents. This fabric is common in hiking gear and sportswear; her brother, a chemical engineer, stumbled upon the fabric in the lab one night while he was experimenting with Teflon.
9. Florida – Ken Griffin
The richest person in Florida, Ken Griffin is worth a whopping $34.2 billion. Think how many theme parks that would get you season tickets for. He founded and runs a Miami based hedge fund firm called Citadel that has about $57 billion in assets. His firm is responsible for one of every five stock trades made in the US. A real wolf of wall street.
10. Georgia – Dan Cathy, Bubba Cathy and Trudy Cathy White
Worth $11 billion dollars and all the free fried chicken you can ask for? The Cathy family really struck gold when they founded Chik-fil-A back in 1967. Dan’s father started the company but he and his brother and son run it nowadays. The chain fast food restaurant is known or staying closed on Sundays but this doesn’t stop the Cathys raking in the cash.
11. Illinois – Lukas Walton
Lukas Walton is the grandson on Walmart founder, Sam Walton and is worth $23.5 billion. He inherited a fortune when his father died in 2005 in a plane crash. Walton is now an investor in businesses that tackle environmental issues and social challenges. We love to see a eco-conscious billionaire.
12. Indiana – Carl Cook
Carl Cook is worth $10.4 billion. His parents started a medical company in their apartment in Indiana where they developed a drug that tackled incontinence. Their son, Carl, took over as CEO when his parents died and is now CEO of the company, Cook MyoSite.
13. Kansas – Charles Koch
Worth $60.1 billion, Koch is CEO of Koch Industries, America’s second-biggest private company by revenue. The company deals in everything, from software and chemicals to Dixie Cups. Koch’s father started the company and left it to his three sons who all attended MIT.
14. Louisiana – Gayle Benson
Worth $4.7 billion, Gayle Benson owns the NFL New Orleans Saints and NBA New Orleans Pelicans after her late husband left her these in his will. Gayle was Benson’s third wife and his children sued for his fortune, claiming taht tehir father was not of sound mind. Benson won the case and remains a billionaire.
15. Maine – Susan Alfond
Susan Alfond and her three siblings inherited their father’s fortune as he was the founder of Dexter Shoe Company. Although not a self billionaire, Alfond is still worth $2.9 billion. Her family also own part of the company that own the Red Sox and Liverpool FC.
16. Maryland – Anette Lerner
Anette Lerner and her family are worth $6.6 billion. In 1952, Anette leant $25 to her husband Ted to start a real estate company. And she’s glad she did because now they are the largest owners of real estate in Washington D.C. Ted died and left Anette and their two children living a lovely life in Maryland.
17. Massachusetts – Abigail Johnson
Johnson is worth $22.1 billion and has served as CEO of Fidelity Investments since 2014, when she took over from her father. She owns about 25% of teh firm which may not seem like much, but the company itself it worth $3.7 trillion. The Johnson family frequently donate to non-profits in the area and have donated lots of money to Historic New England.
18. Michigan – Daniel Gilbert
Daniel Gilbert is worth $23.1 billion and founded what would become Quicken Loans, the biggest mortgage provider in the US. If that isn’t impressive enough, he did all this when he was just 22. He owns the Cleveland Cavaliers and also founded shoe-selling platform StockX.
19. Minnesota – Glen Taylor
Taylor grew up on a poor farm in Minnesota, however, his luck changed when he bought a wedding service company and changed it into a printing company. He sold this company for $2 billion and also owns a lot of Minnesota’s sports teams, meaning that he is worth $2.9 billion.
20. Mississippi – Thomas & James Duff
Brothers Thomas and James Duff co-own Duff Capital Investors with a total revenue of $3.5 million. The brothers are worth $2.3 billion, making them a hot topic in Mississippi. It’s not all fun and games though, and three men were arrested for conspiring to murder Thomas Duff.
21. Missouri – John Morris
John Morris is founder and CEO of outdoor gear retailer, Bass Pro Shops. Today, he is worth $8.7 billion, but it wasn’t always this way; Morris started by selling fishing tackle out the back of his father’s liquor store. He now owns a boating company as well as a $350 million aquarium that he built.
22. Nebraska – Warren Buffett
Buffet is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and is worth $120.8 billion. He’s a household name, simply for being incredibly rich – however, he has promised to donate over 99% of his wealth and has donated over $51 billion to charity. He started selling stocks aged 11 and filing taxes when he was 13.
23. Nevada – Miriam Adelson
Miriam Adelson and her family are worth $35.7 billion. She owns more than half the Ney York stock exchange gambling empire and has casinos in Singaore and, of course, Las Vegas. She was born in Israel and is a qualified medical doctor with a focus on addiction.
24. New Hampshire – Richard Cohen
Richard Cohen is the founder of C&S Wholesale Grocers, the biggest wholesale supermarket vendor in the US, the company is worth $25 billion in revenue. Cohen’s company is the seventh biggest in the US, so it probably comes as no surprise that he is worth $21.2 billion.
25. New Mexico – Ron Corio
Ron Corio is worth $1.7 billion, which may seem small compared to the others on this list, however, his fortunate makes him New Mexico’s first billionaire. He owns a company called Array Technologies which specializes in solar panel tracking. He created the company in 1989 but has since retired.
26. New York – Michael Bloomberg
Michael Bloomberg co-founded financial and Media Company Bloomberg LP in 1981 and is now worth $96.3 billion. Bloomberg is a philanthropist and has donated over $12 billion to efforts such as gun control and climate change. He has been the Mayor of New York City for 12 years and briefly ran for President in 2019. He later withdrew his application and instead invested in campaigns against Donald Trump.
27. North Carolina – James Goodnight
This is a billionaire that should not be slept on. Goodnight started a software company with a classmate from North Carolina State University in 1976. That company, SAS, analyzes agricultural data, amongst other things, and is worth $3.2 billion. James Goodnight himself is worth $9.2 billion.
28. Ohio – Les Wexner
Les Wexner founded L Brands. Now, you might not have heard of that, but you will have heard of the companies within their global empire; Bath & Body Works, Victoria’s Secret; any mall’s dream combo. He bought Victoria’s Secret in 1982 when it was a small, failing chain in San Francisco and is now worth $6 billion.
29. Oklahoma – Harold Hamm
Harold Hamm founded and chairs Continental Resources, one of the nation’s biggest independent oil companies. Hamm started from humble beginnings and used to pick cotton barefoot as a child, he even worked in a gas station when he was 16. However, since then he as revolutionized the US oil industry and is worth $18.5 billion.
30. Oregon – Phil Knight
That tick on the side of your trainers made Phil Knight the richest man in Oregon. He is the founder of shoe giant Nike and is worth $43 billion. Do you know how many pairs of Jordans you could buy for that? Knight ran track at the University of Oregon and it was here that he created Nike shoes with his former track coach.
31. Pennsylvania – Jeff Yass
Yass is cofounder of Susquehanna International Group. Catchy name, huh? It’s one of Wall Street’s largest and most successful trading firms. In 1987, he became a pro-gambler and then began trading in the Philadelphia stock exchange. He is now worth $29.8 billion.
32. Rhode Island – Jonathan Nelson
Jonathan Nelson, worth $3.1 billion, is the executive chairman of Providence Equity Partners, the equity firm he founded in 1989. He was CEO until 2021. He is a big fan of jazz music and is on the board of directors for the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals.
33. Tennessee – Thomas Frist Jr
Thomas Frist Jr is a former Air Force light surgeon and founded Hospital Corp. of America in 1968. HCA healthcare owns and operates 187 hospitals across the US and UK. Frist is worth $21.7 billion. He and his family also founded the Frist Art Foundation.
34. Texas – Elon Musk
Probably the most well-known billionaire, Musk is worth a crazy $228 billion. He owns car maker Tesla, rocket producer SpaceX and Twitter (or X, as Musk insists we all must call it). Musk most recently announced that he was going to fight Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg live on X; bet that’s a headline you thought you’d never see.
35. Utah – Gail Miller
Gail Miller owns the Larry H. Miller group which has interests in real estate, healthcare, finance and entertainment businesses. Gail and her deceased husband Larry built their fortune together and when he died she married Salt Lake City Attorney, Kim Wilson,
36. Virginia – Jacqueline Mars
Jacqueline Mars, worth $38 billion, owns an estimated one-third of the candy, food and pet care firm, Mars. Just hope they don’t make the candy bars and the dog food in the same factory. Mars owns a horse farm in Virginia that trains Olympic medal-winning horses.
37. Washington – Jeff Bezos
Another incredibly rich guy, Jeff Bezos founded Amazon in 1994 out of his Seattle garage. He donated $400 million to non-profits in 2022 and says that he intends to give away most of his wealth in his lifetime. He also owns the Washington Post. Bezos net worth comes in at a whopping $162.2 billion.
38. West Virginia – Brad Smith
Brad Smith, worth $700 million served as the CEO of Intuit from 2008 to 2018. Intuit is a business software company. He is now the president of Marshall University, his alma mater and is the first alum to head the school. He has donated $35 million to Marshall and another $25 million to rival, West Virginia University.
39. Wisconsin – John Menard Jr
John Menard owns a home improvement retailer, Menards, that has over 300 stores across the US. The stores, that are competitors for Lowes and Home Depot, bring in $13 billion. Menard has a reputation for keeping tight grips on his business and even requires top executives to punch in and out. Maybe that’s why he’s worth $19.5 billion.
40. Wyoming – John Mars
His sister may be the richest person in Virginia, but John Mars is “Mr Big Bucks” in Wyoming. He and his siblings co-own their father’s company that deals in candy, food and pet care. He is worth the same as his sister at $£8 billion; think of all the candy bars you could buy for that