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.
Infographic: See a Map of the Richest Person in Each State
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.
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.
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:
|Bill Gates: $70.8 billion|
Microsoft chairman, co-chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
|Warren Buffett: $59.8 billion|
Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway
|Lawrence Ellison: $46.4 billion|
CEO of Oracle Corp.
|David Koch: $41.5 billion|
Executive vice president of Koch Industries
|James Walton: $37.1 billion|
Chairman and CEO of Arvest Bank, son of Walmart founder, Sam Walton
|Sheldon Adelson: $32.2 billion|
Chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands
|Michael Bloomberg: $21.4 billion|
New York City Mayor and owner of Bloomberg LP
|Forrest Mars, Jr.: $20.1 billion|
Part-owner of Mars candy company and grandson of the late Frank C. Mars
|Abigail Johnson: $16.9 billion|
President, Fidelity Financial Services
|Michael Dell: $16 billion|
CEO of Dell Inc.
|Philip Knight: $14.7 billion|
Chairman of Nike Inc.
|Charles Ergen: $13.7 billion|
Founder and chairman of DISH Network
|Raymond Dalio: $13.4 billion|
Founder of Bridgewater Associates LP
|Anne Cox Chambers: $11.4 billion|
Member of Cox Enterprises' board of directors, chairwoman of Atlanta Newspapers
|Richard Cohen: $10 billion|
Chairman of C&S Wholesale Grocers
|George Kaiser: $9.8 billion|
Chairman of BOK Financial
|Hansjorg Wyss: $9.2 billion|
Chairman of Swiss medical device manufacturer Synthes Holding AG
|David Tepper: $7.9 billion|
President and founder of Appaloosa Management
|James Goodnight: $7.4 billion|
CEO of SAS
|John Menard, Jr.: $7.3 billion|
Founder and owner of home-improvement retailer Menard Inc.
|Kenneth Dart: $6.6 billion|
Chairman of Dart Container Corp.
|Micky Arison: $5.9 billion|
Chairman and CEO of Carnival
|Dennis Washington: $5.6 billion|
Founder of The Washington Companies and co-founder of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation
|Leslie Wexner: $5.2 billion|
Chairman and CEO of Limited Brands
|Gayle Cook: $4.8 billion|
Member of board of directors of medical device firm Cook Group
|Bruce Halle: $4.4 billion|
Founder of Discount Tires
|Theodore Lerner: $4.1 billion|
Founder of real estate firm Lerner Enterprises
|Samuel Zell: $3.8 billion|
Founder of Equity Residential
|Whitney MacMillan: $3.8 billion|
CEO of Cargill
|John Morris: $3.8 billion|
Owner, Bass Pro Shops
|Thomas Frist, Jr.: $3.2 billion|
Founder of HCA, the Hospital Corporation of America
|Anita Zucker: $2.6 billion|
Chairwoman and CEO of chemical manufacturer InterTech Group
|Brad M. Kelley: $1.9 billion|
Former owner of Commonwealth Brands
|Dennis Albaugh: $1.6 billion|
Founder of Albaugh Inc.
|James Justice II: $1.6 billion|
Owner of Southern Coal Corp.
|Jonathan Nelson: $1.5 billion|
CEO of Providence Equity Partners
|Marguerite Harbert: $1.5 billion|
Widow of the late construction and energy mogul, John Murdoch Harbert III
|Thomas Benson: $1.3 billion|
Owner of New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Hornets
|T. Denny Sanford: $1.3 billion|
Owner of First Premier Bank and board co-chair of Sanford Consortium
|Frank VanderSloot: $1.2 billion|
CEO of Melaleuca
|Robert Stiller: $1.1 billion|
Founder of Green Mountain Coffee
|Gary Tharaldson: $900 million|
Founder of the Tharaldson Companies
|Robert W. Gore: $800 million|
Chairman, W.L. Gore & Associates
|Leon Gorman: $800 million|
Chairman of L.L. Bean
|John Yates: $800 million|
President and CEO of McKinley Capital Management LLC
|Jay Shidler: $700 million|
Founder of the real estate company The Shidler Group
|Jim Barksdale: $600 million|
Chairman of Barksdale Management Corp.
|Blake Roney: $600 million|
Chairman of Nu Skin Enterprises
|Robert Gillam: $400 million|
President and CEO of McKinley Capital Management LLC
|John Martin: $300 million|
Chairman and CEO of Gilead Sciences