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Wealthiest Americans By State [Pic]

This Interactive Map Shows The Wealthiest Person In Each State

Wealth beyond your wildest dreams…

Americas elite live vastly different lives than the rest of us. Those at the top have incomes that are orders of magnitude higher than the average person. Even when we compare their individual wealth with that of households in the states in which they live, theres no comparison.

So how did they get to where they are? Are they all self-made entrepreneurs, or were they just lucky? Do they hoard all that wealth, or do they give back?

How They Got Rich

According to data from Forbes and Celebrity Net Worth, the wealthiest members of each state did not achieve their fortunes in the same way. They are:

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Heirs/Heiresses
  • Widows

Earning vs. Inheriting Wealth

Of the wealthiest in each state, roughly half are founders of companies. Another major path to wealth is inheritance, with the Waltons being the most striking example.

Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton blessed his family, making several members the wealthiest in their states:

  • Jim Walton in Arkansas
  • Alice Walton in Texas
  • Christy Walton in Wyoming

Academics May Not Be as Important as We Think

From an undergraduate education to the coveted Ph.D., most members of the list have some sort of college degree. But years spent studying on campus isnt necessarily a prerequisite to striking it rich. Bill Gates, a college dropout, is the wealthiest of them all.

On the other side of the academic spectrum, Delawares Robert Gore holds a Ph.D. but ranks second to last in terms of his net worth.

The Wealth Gap

No matter the source of wealth, or home state, theres no denying the extreme gap between the mega wealthy and the average American.

Our final visual presents an interactive map which helps to illuminate the huge dichotomy between the mega-wealthy and the average wealth of regions around the country.

Americas elite live vastly different lives than the rest of us. Now you can see where they live and plan accordingly.

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  1. Profile photo of kitteh9lives
    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
    8033 posts
    August 4, 2014 at 7:06 am
    Link: Wealthiest Americans By State - Americas elite live vastly different lives than the rest of us. Now you can see where they live and plan accordingly.
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    llaa Male 30-39
    1664 posts
    August 4, 2014 at 8:54 am
    Most of the obscenely rich on this list inherited their wealth.
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    Mr_Pedo_Bear Male 70 & Over
    997 posts
    August 4, 2014 at 9:29 am
    Poor Robert Gilliam being the poorest one of the club. It`s alright mate hang in there!
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    pazerlenis Male 40-49
    1380 posts
    August 4, 2014 at 9:36 am
    The first graphic is very interesting if you look at it from a racism/sexism perspective. I see one minority has the top spot (Hawaii). There are a few women, but most I see on the list inherited their wealth from a white man (Husband or Father).

    Looks like we still have a long way to go.
  5. Profile photo of A-Dent
    A-Dent Female 70 & Over
    26 posts
    August 4, 2014 at 10:15 am
    Kitteh9lives, we stumble the same frickin` pages!!!
  6. Profile photo of Baelzar
    Baelzar Male 40-49
    1399 posts
    August 4, 2014 at 11:55 am
    Where`s the line for "obscenely rich?"
  7. Profile photo of Grendel
    Grendel Male 40-49
    5874 posts
    August 4, 2014 at 12:59 pm
    Baelzar-Where`s the line for "obscenely rich?"
    How it usually works is:
    Only you and people making exactly your salary worked hard for their money.
    Anyone making more than you didn`t earn it. (Too much more and it`s obscene)
    Anyone making less than you are lazy.
  8. Profile photo of llaa
    llaa Male 30-39
    1664 posts
    August 4, 2014 at 2:45 pm
    So large in amount as to be objectionable or outrageous. Yes?

    Think Waltons or Johnson. Do you think the Walton children earned their 35 billion? The Koch brothers? Or even Bill Gates or Buffet if they earned their amounts? I can see tens of thousands of workers making, building, selling, and inventing products which earns the companies billions. The owners not so much.
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    llaa Male 30-39
    1664 posts
    August 4, 2014 at 3:04 pm
    Here is the icing on the cake and why MeGrendel doesnt really have an opinion other than strange confusion.

    From his profile:

    "(MeGrendel has not added any links)"
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    jops360 Male 30-39
    689 posts
    August 4, 2014 at 3:29 pm
    @megrendel -
    actually more like when you have enough to live on for the rest of your life, your families lives and 1000 extra lives.
    could also be where you have enough to buy a medium size city, flat out.
    or if you can make the average salary of an average American every minute. including when you sleep.
  11. Profile photo of Grendel
    Grendel Male 40-49
    5874 posts
    August 4, 2014 at 8:44 pm
    llaa-I can see tens of thousands of workers making, building, selling, and inventing products which earns the companies billions. The owners not so much.
    The difference, of course, is that the owners gave them the tools, the funding, the opportunity and the guidance for those workers to build, sell and invent.

    Without those tools, funding, opportunity and guidance, 99%+ of them would not have accomplished the building, selling and inventing.

    That`s what happens when you work for other people.

    llaa-"(MeGrendel has not added any links)"
    And what, exactly, does links have anything to do, or prove?

    Are Links the I-A-B version of `flair`?

    And so, this is how I picture llaa:
  12. Profile photo of Grendel
    Grendel Male 40-49
    5874 posts
    August 4, 2014 at 8:55 pm
    jops360-actually more like when you have enough to live on for the rest of your life, your families lives and 1000 extra lives. could also be where you have enough to buy a medium size city, flat out. or if you can make the average salary of an average American every minute. including when you sleep.
    That`s if folks: We can fire all the congress, IRS, financial advisors and investment gurus. jops360 knows exactly how much every person should be `allowed` to earn.

    Or, he could just be -full of envy because he`d rather pull down others` success rather than face his own shortcomings.
  13. Profile photo of llaa
    llaa Male 30-39
    1664 posts
    August 4, 2014 at 11:38 pm
    Submit!
  14. Profile photo of madduck
    madduck Female 50-59
    7421 posts
    August 5, 2014 at 12:48 am
    I think this shows how wealth inequality does not serve any of us well, and sadly this lot and their peers will continue to amass vast amounts of cash while the poor become a larger group with less money, less power- and all of a sudden 1890 here we come...

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