Have you ever wondered who the wealthiest people in the United States are? It is always interesting to know the names of those who alone have a greater fortune than what your entire family, including distant relatives, will earn in a full life! No kidding, most of the richest people in the United States have earned their fortunes after years of working to build great companies that are now part of people’s daily lives.
Some of the people on this list will seem obvious to you, but others are surprising, to say the least. Indeed, you will certainly be surprised to see the names of some of the richest Americans, even though some of them may be unknown to you! However, their hard work has helped them forge a place of choice on this list. So here are the 30 wealthiest people in the United States to satisfy your curiosity!
30. Donald Bren
An American businessman, Donald Bren is Chairman of the Board of Directors and sole owner of the Irvine Company, a company specializing in real estate development. Its assets amount to 16.4 billion.
29. Harold Hamm
Originally involved in the oil industry, he is best known for being the first to use hydraulic fracturing technology to extract shale gas from the Bakken formation. His personal assets amount to 17.2 billion.
28. Abigail Johnson
The daughter of Edward C. Johnson III, the current president of Fidelity Investments, Abigail Johnson sits on the company’s board of directors and heads one of its subsidiaries. First of the few women on our list, she has a net worth of $17.3 billion.
27. Len Blavatnik
Leonard Blavatnik is the founder of Access Industries, a company investing in privatized companies in raw materials and chemicals. He is also the owner of the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat. With several other companies to his credit, his personal assets reached 17.9 billion.
26. Rupert Murdoch
Rupert Murdoch, a majority shareholder of News Corporation, one of the world’s largest media groups, can boast of having raised a fortune of 18 billion during his career!
25. Ray Dalio
Ray Dalio founded Bridgewater Associates, one of the world’s largest hedge funds, with an estimated net worth of $18.1 billion.
24. Elon Musk
Well known as the co-founder of Tesla and CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk is a renowned entrepreneur, investor and engineer. It should be noted that he founded several other companies as well, which obviously contributed to raising his fortune to 19.6 billion.
23. Jim Simons
The founder of Renaissance Technologies, a highly respected quantitative hedge fund company, Jim Simons has increased his assets to $20 billion.
22. Thomas Peterffy
The CEO of Interactive Brokers, a company that markets its specialized trading platform, Thomas Peterffy is a true pioneer in digital trading. Twenty-second richest American, he has a net worth of 20.2 billion.
21. Paul Allen
The co-founder of Microsoft with Bill Gates, Paul Allen was a philanthropist and sports enthusiast. He owned a few sports teams, including the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers and the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. Paul Allen died of Hodgkin’s disease in 2018. Nevertheless, his personal fortune is still estimated at 20.3 billion.
20. Laurene Powell Jobs
Laurene Powell Jobs, Steve Jobs’s widow, owns 20 billion in shares in Apple and Disney, but in 2004 she also founded a for-profit company called Emerson Collective. In the end, she has a fortune of 20.5 billion.
19. John Mars
Grandson of the man who founded the American company Mars, Inc. and having been dubbed by the Order of the British Empire, it can be said that his fortune of 23.9 billion is not his only success!
18. Jacqueline Mars
The sister of John Mars, Jacqueline is also the heiress to Mars, Inc. but she is also a major American investor. Like her brother, she has a fortune of $23.9 billion.
17. Michael Dell
The founder and CEO of Dell Technology, Michael Dell is a businessman, investor and philanthropist. At 54, he already has a net worth of $27.6 billion, making him the 17th richest man in the United States.
16. Phil Knight
“When you see only problems, you’re not seeing clearly.” It is probably this positivism and immense ability to solve problematic situations that makes Phil Knight such a good businessman and philanthropist. Co-founder and former chairman of Nike, as well as the owner of Laika Animation Studios, formerly Will Vinton Studios, it is clear why Phil Knight’s net worth is estimated at $33.8 billion.
15. Sheldon Adelson
The entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist, Sheldon Adelson founded the Las Vegas Sands Corporation – which owns Singapore’s Marina Bay Sand – of which he is currently CEO. Adelson has already said, “Why do I need succession planning? I’m very alert, I’m very vibrant. I have no intention to retire.” His fortune, which currently stands at 35.5 billion, could therefore very well increase despite his 85-year-old!
14. Steve Ballmer
Steve Ballmer was known as CEO of Microsoft, but he has now given up his place to become the owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers. Fourteenth wealthiest person in the United States, his fortune currently stands at 42.3 billion.
13. Rob Walton
Until 2015, Rob Walton was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Walmart. He is in fact the oldest heir to the company’s fortune! His personal wealth amounts to 44.9 billion.
12. Alice Walton
Being Rob Walton’s sister, Alice is also an heiress to the Walmart fortune, but she is also the founder of the Llama Company, which was founded in 1988, but unfortunately no longer exists. Like his brother, she has a fortune of US$44.9 billion.
11. Jim Walton
Last heir to the Walmart fortune, he is still, to this day, a member of the company’s board of directors and CEO of his own company, Arvest Bank. His professional achievements make him the richest member of the Walton family with a fortune of 45.2 billion.
10. Michael Bloomberg
An entrepreneur and politician, Michael Bloomberg is the founder and CEO of Bloomberg L. P., a financial group and news agency. Tenth richest man in the United States, his fortune reached 51.8 billion.
9. Sergey Brin
In 1998, Sergey Brin cofounded with Larry Page the world’s most popular search engine: Google. This success alone has earned him a net worth of 52.4 billion at 45!
8. David Koch
David Koch is the Executive Vice President of Koch Industries, an American multinational company active in petroleum engineering, chemical engineering, finance, commodity brokerage and livestock. He and his brother Charles each own 42% of the conglomerate, which allows him to have a fortune of 53.5 billion.
7. Charles Koch
David Koch’s brother Charles is an American businessman and philanthropist. Co-owner and CEO of Koch Industries, he has made a significant contribution to the company’s expansion. His net worth now stands at $53.5 billion, as does his brother’s.
6. Larry Page
The co-founder of Google with Sergey Brin, Larry Page has seen his company grow by buying many other companies such as YouTube. Today, Larry Page is worth no less than $53.8 billion.
5. Larry Ellison
Co-founder of Oracle Corporation, Larry Ellison was CEO of the company until 2014. Oracle has quickly become a highly recognized technology company, which is why Ellison can now say he has a fortune of 58.4 billion!
4. Mark Zuckerberg
Everyone knows Mark Zuckerberg. The founder of Facebook, the most popular social network, he was able to build a fortune very quickly. His 61 billion makes him the fourth richest American in the country!
3. Warren Buffet
Considered the world’s most successful investor, Warren Buffet is an American entrepreneur and investor, and he’s the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. He is not only the 3rd richest American with a net worth of 88.3 billion, but the 4th richest in the world!
2. Bill Gates
Known to all, the founder of Microsoft has long been the richest man on the planet. Bill Gates founded his company in 1975 with Paul Allen and has been the world’s largest PC software company since then. This businessman’s fortune amounts to 97 billion.
1. Jeff Bezos
The founder of Amazon, the largest and most popular company on the Web, Jeff Bezos has led his company to the highest heights. Initially a simple online bookstore that he managed from his room, the sales took time to make themselves felt. However, his efforts have paid off over time and just last year, Bezoz added $40 billion to his personal wealth, bringing it to $160 billion. Yes, Jeff Bezoz is the richest man in the United States, but also in the whole world!
Source: Wealthy Gorilla