Interactive map: See the wealthiest person in each state
They may have earned it, inherited it or married it, but these 51 people have at least one thing in common: They have the most money out of anyone else in their state.
The list of names shot into public view when real estate blog Movoto created an interactive map of the wealthiest person in each state, including Washington, D.C.
Bill Gates is still the wealthiest person in the country, with $80 billion, but the map highlights some lesser-known names. Hedge fund manager Ken Griffin is the wealthiest person in Illinois, with $5.5 billion. The man with the least money out of these 51 names is Robert Gillam of Alaska, with just $700 million.
Wealth can also be spread within a family. Brothers Charles and David Koch are both the wealthiest people in their state of residence, Kansas and New York, respectively. Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton’s family members take Arkansas, Texas and Wyoming. The New Mexico and Michigan titles are shared between two family member partners.
The map allows the viewer to learn more about each person and how they became so rich. Another visual attempts to juxtapose the map with the realities of everyday Americans, whose average net worth is $67,007, far below the numbers above.