PHOTOS: Living in Richistan

Mega-wealthy Americans share their lavish lifestyle.

From Rags to Richistan

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Tim Blixseth may have come from humble surroundings, but his wealth is now unimaginable to most Americans.

Blixseth is seen here with his mother. His great love for airplanes led him to begin renting various small planes to cruise for timber. Today he owns several jets.

"20/20" explored the lives of winners -- people whose singular outlook on life and ability to overcome the odds brought them success and great wealth. (Courtesy of Carolyn Wheeler)

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