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The richest person in every state

Wednesday, 30 Oct 2013 | 7:00 AM ET
Richest people in the states
Wednesday, 30 Oct 2013 | 1:43 PM ET
Sue Herera runs through the highlights of a new ranking of the richest people in each of the 50 states.

Most of us know the richest person in America (Bill Gates at $70 billion).

But what about the richest person in your state?

Wealth-X has put together a list of all 50 states with their top wealth holders. Surprisingly nine states don't have billionaires (and yet somehow they manage to function). It only took $300 million to be the richest Wyoming resident, and $400 million to be the wealth king of Alaska.

(Read more: The 10 richest states in America)

Granted, many of the super rich don't really "live" anywhere, since they flit from home to home and state to state. Wealth-X used the business address for each wealth holder to determine residence.

Here's the list.

The richest person in every state

State Person Net Worth Value after Valuation (US$ Billion)
Alabama Marguerite Harbert 1.5
Alaska Robert Gillam 0.4
Arizona Bruce Halle Sr. 4.4
Arkansas James Walton 37.1
California Lawrence Ellison 46.4
Colorado Charles Ergen 13.7
Connecticut Raymond Dalio 13.4
Delaware Robert Gore 0.8
Florida Micky Arison 5.9
Georgia Anne Cox Chambers 11.4
Hawaii Jay Shidler 0.7
Idaho Frank Vandersloot 1.2
Illinois Samuel Zell 3.8
Indiana Gayle Cook 4.8
Iowa Dennis Albaugh 1.6
Kansas David Koch 41.5
Kentucky Brad M. Kelley 1.9
Louisiana Thomas Benson 1.3
Maine Leon Gorman 0.8
Maryland Theodore Lerner 4.1
Massachusetts Abigail Johnson 16.9
Michigan Kenneth Dart 6.6
Minnesota Whitney MacMillan 3.8
Mississippi Jim Barksdale 0.6
Missouri John L. Morris 3.8
Montana Dennis Washington 5.6
Nebraska Warren Buffett 59.8
Nevada Sheldon Adelson 32.3
New Hampshire Richard Cohen 10.0
New Jersey David Tepper 7.9
New Mexico John A Yates 0.8
New York Michael Bloomberg 21.4
North Carolina James Goodnight 7.4
North Dakota Gary Tharaldson 0.9
Ohio Leslie Wexner 5.2
Oklahoma George Kaiser 9.8
Oregon Phillip Knight 14.7
Pennsylvania Hansjorg Wyss 9.2
Rhode Island Jonathan Nelson 1.5
South Carolina Anita Zucker 2.6
South Dakota T. Denny Sanford 1.3
Tennessee Thomas Frist Jr. 3.2
Texas Michael Dell 16.0
Utah Blake Roney 0.6
Vermont Robert Stiller 1.1
Virginia Forrest Mars Jr. 20.1
Washington Bill Gates 70.8
West Virginia James Justice II 1.6
Wisconsin John Menard Jr 7.3
Wyoming John Martin 0.3
Source: Wealth-X

(CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story inadvertently omitted Missouri. The richest person in Missouri is John Morris. He has a net worth value after valuation of $3.8 billion, according to Wealth-X.)


By CNBC's Robert Frank. Follow him on Twitter @robtfrank.

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