The Wealthiest People in Each State Are 19 Percent Richer Than Last Year

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The rich are indeed getting richer, according to a new list of the richest person in each of the 50 states. As it turns out, the namest of the richest 10 people haven't changed at all, led by Microsoft founder Bill Gates in Washington state. But their net worth values have ticked up. The top 10 are collectively worth a whopping $362 billion, 67 percent of the total wealth of the 50 folks in a list compiled by Wealth-X, a firm that researches ultra-high net worth individuals.

Among the reports showing an increase in the wealth gap is a Pew Research Center report that showed the mean net worth of households in the highest 7 percent of the wealth distribution rose by an estimated 28 percent during the first two years of the nation's economic recovery, while the net worth in the lower 93 percent dropped by 4 percent.

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The top two richest people in Wealth-X's list, Gates and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett, happen to be the most generous people in the country.

Designating a residence can be tricky for the super-rich in this list, who are known to have multiple homes across the country if not the world. Wealth-X tries to solve this problem by tying each person to their primary place of business at times. For example, Kenneth Dart, $6.6 billion, chairman of Dart Container Corp., renounced his citizenship and is reportedly living out of the country, though Wealth-X lists him as the richest person in Michigan.

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Some folks on last year's list aren't present in 2013, such as Robert Earl Holding, owner of Sinclair Oil, who used to be the richest person in Utah. This year it's Blake Roney, chairman of Nu Skin Enterprises.

Sometimes wealth transfers don't go very far. Last year, Pauline Keinath, great-granddaughter of W. W. Cargill, was the richest person in Minnesota, according to Wealth-X. This year, it's Whitney MacMillan, her brother, who is CEO of Cargill Inc.

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There are nine new people in the list, in Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico and Utah. These nine are collectively worth $34 billion, which is 50 percent more than the combined net worth of the people in the same states last year.

Here is Wealth-X's list of the richest person in each of the 50 states:

Washington

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1.
Bill Gates: $70.8 billion

Microsoft chairman, co-chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

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Nebraska

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2.
Warren Buffett: $59.8 billion

Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway

California

PHOTO: Larry Ellison, chief executive officer of Oracle Corp., speaks during the Oracle OpenWorld 2012 conference in San Francisco on Oct. 2, 2012.
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3.
Lawrence Ellison: $46.4 billion

CEO of Oracle Corp.

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Kansas

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4.
David Koch: $41.5 billion

Executive vice president of Koch Industries

Arkansas

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5.
James Walton: $37.1 billion

Chairman and CEO of Arvest Bank, son of Walmart founder, Sam Walton

Nevada

6.
Sheldon Adelson: $32.2 billion

Chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands

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New York

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7.
Michael Bloomberg: $21.4 billion

New York City Mayor and owner of Bloomberg LP

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Virginia

8.
Forrest Mars, Jr.: $20.1 billion

Part-owner of Mars candy company and grandson of the late Frank C. Mars

Massachusetts

9.
Abigail Johnson: $16.9 billion

President, Fidelity Financial Services

Texas

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10.
Michael Dell: $16 billion

CEO of Dell Inc.

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Oregon

11.
Philip Knight: $14.7 billion

Chairman of Nike Inc.

Colorado

12.
Charles Ergen: $13.7 billion

Founder and chairman of DISH Network

Connecticut

13.
Raymond Dalio: $13.4 billion

Founder of Bridgewater Associates LP

Georgia

14.
Anne Cox Chambers: $11.4 billion

Member of Cox Enterprises' board of directors, chairwoman of Atlanta Newspapers

New Hampshire

15.
Richard Cohen: $10 billion

Chairman of C&S Wholesale Grocers

Oklahoma

16.
George Kaiser: $9.8 billion

Chairman of BOK Financial

Pennsylvania

17.
Hansjorg Wyss: $9.2 billion

Chairman of Swiss medical device manufacturer Synthes Holding AG

New Jersey

18.
David Tepper: $7.9 billion

President and founder of Appaloosa Management

North Carolina

19.
James Goodnight: $7.4 billion

CEO of SAS

Wisconsin

20.
John Menard, Jr.: $7.3 billion

Founder and owner of home-improvement retailer Menard Inc.

Michigan

21.
Kenneth Dart: $6.6 billion

Chairman of Dart Container Corp.

Florida

22.
Micky Arison: $5.9 billion

Chairman and CEO of Carnival

Montana

23.
Dennis Washington: $5.6 billion

Founder of The Washington Companies and co-founder of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation

Ohio

24.
Leslie Wexner: $5.2 billion

Chairman and CEO of Limited Brands

Indiana

25.
Gayle Cook: $4.8 billion

Member of board of directors of medical device firm Cook Group

Arizona

26.
Bruce Halle: $4.4 billion

Founder of Discount Tires

Maryland

27.
Theodore Lerner: $4.1 billion

Founder of real estate firm Lerner Enterprises

Illinois

28.
Samuel Zell: $3.8 billion

Founder of Equity Residential

Minnesota

29.
Whitney MacMillan: $3.8 billion

CEO of Cargill

Missouri

30.
John Morris: $3.8 billion

Owner, Bass Pro Shops

Tennessee

31.
Thomas Frist, Jr.: $3.2 billion

Founder of HCA, the Hospital Corporation of America

South Carolina

32.
Anita Zucker: $2.6 billion

Chairwoman and CEO of chemical manufacturer InterTech Group

Kentucky

33.
Brad M. Kelley: $1.9 billion

Former owner of Commonwealth Brands

Iowa

34.
Dennis Albaugh: $1.6 billion

Founder of Albaugh Inc.

West Virginia

35.
James Justice II: $1.6 billion

Owner of Southern Coal Corp.

Rhode Island

36.
Jonathan Nelson: $1.5 billion

CEO of Providence Equity Partners

Alabama

37.
Marguerite Harbert: $1.5 billion

Widow of the late construction and energy mogul, John Murdoch Harbert III

Louisiana

38.
Thomas Benson: $1.3 billion

Owner of New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Hornets

South Dakota

39.
T. Denny Sanford: $1.3 billion

Owner of First Premier Bank and board co-chair of Sanford Consortium

Idaho

40.
Frank VanderSloot: $1.2 billion

CEO of Melaleuca

Vermont

41.
Robert Stiller: $1.1 billion

Founder of Green Mountain Coffee

North Dakota

42.
Gary Tharaldson: $900 million

Founder of the Tharaldson Companies

Delaware

43.
Robert W. Gore: $800 million

Chairman, W.L. Gore & Associates

Maine

44.
Leon Gorman: $800 million

Chairman of L.L. Bean

New Mexico

45.
John Yates: $800 million

President and CEO of McKinley Capital Management LLC

Hawaii

46.
Jay Shidler: $700 million

Founder of the real estate company The Shidler Group

Mississippi

47.
Jim Barksdale: $600 million

Chairman of Barksdale Management Corp.

Utah

48.
Blake Roney: $600 million

Chairman of Nu Skin Enterprises

Alaska

49.
Robert Gillam: $400 million

President and CEO of McKinley Capital Management LLC

Wyoming

50.
John Martin: $300 million

Chairman and CEO of Gilead Sciences

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