The Richest Person In Each Of The Biggest Cities In The U.S.

By on March 13, 2016 in ArticlesBillionaire News

We've put together a list of the richest people in the 20 biggest cities in the United States. Some names, like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, are recognizable. Many of these men and women rank among the richest people in the world. Most are not household names. They run the gamut from tech moguls to hedge fund whizzes to a soup heiress to retail magnates and beyond. One heiress is so wealthy, she takes the top spot in two cities (and she's one of our billionaire single ladies too, fellas!).

Seattle is the home of Bill Gates, the world's richest man and he just squeaks onto this list, as Seattle is the 20th largest city in the U.S. In fact, Seattle is home to a number of billionaires, including Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Fun fact: though Paul Allen is the fourth richest person in Seattle, he would be the richest man in 13 of the U.S.'s 20 biggest cities.

The very richest people on this list come from the usual places. Silicon Valley claims two of the cities on this list – San Francisco and San Jose. The poorest person on this list is Jacksonville's J. Wayne Weaver. His net worth is just $1 billion.

20. Seattle, WA

Bill Gates

Net Worth: $78 Billion

Origin of Wealth: Microsoft

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Dave Thompson/Getty Images

19. El Paso, TX

Paul Foster

Net Worth: $1.1 Billion

Origin of Wealth: Oil

18. Detroit, MI

Daniel Gilbert

Net Worth: $4.2 Billion

Origin of Wealth: Quicken Loans

17. Charlotte, NC

Clemmie Spangler, Jr.

Net Worth: $2.3 Billion

Origin of Wealth: Investments

16. Fort Worth, TX

Alice Walton

Net Worth: $28 Billion

Origin of Wealth: Wal-Mart

15. Columbus, OH

Leslie Wexner

Net Worth: $6.9 Billion

Origin of Wealth: Limited Brands (Retail)

14. Indianapolis, IN

Herbert Simon

Net Worth: $2.4 Billion

Origin of Wealth: Real Estate

13. San Francisco, CA

Larry Ellison

Net Worth: $40 Billion

Origin of Wealth: Oracle

12. Jacksonville, FL

Wayne Weaver

Net Worth: $1 Billion

Origin of Wealth: Shoes

11. Austin, TX

Michael Dell

Net Worth: $17.5 Billion

Origin of Wealth: Dell Computers

MANDEL NGAN/Getty Images)

MANDEL NGAN/Getty Images)

10. San Jose, CA

Mark Zuckerberg

Net Worth: $50 Billion

Origin of Wealth: Facebook

9. Dallas, TX

Alice Walton

Net Worth: $28 Billion

Origin of Wealth: Wal-Mart

8. San Diego, CA

Gwendolyn Sontheim Meyer

Net Worth: $3.3 Billion

Origin of Wealth: Cargill

7. San Antonio, TX

Charles Butt

Net Worth: $11.1 Billion

Origin of Wealth: Grocery Stores

6. Phoenix, AZ

Bruce Halle

Net Worth: $5.2 Billion

Origin of Wealth: Discount Tires

5. Philadelphia, PA

Mary Alice Dorrance Malone

Net Worth: $3.1 Billion

Origin of Wealth: Campbell's Soup

4. Houston, TX

Richard Kinder

Net Worth: $11 Billion

Origin of Wealth: Pipelines

3. Chicago, IL

Ken Griffin

Net Worth: $6.5 Billion

Origin of Wealth: Hedge Funds

2. Los Angeles, CA

Donald Bren

Net Worth: $16.6 Billion

Origin of Wealth: Real Estate

1. New York, NY

David Koch

Net Worth: $40 Billion

Origin of Wealth: Diversified

Articles Written by Amy Lamare
Amy Lamare is a Los Angeles based writer covering business, technology, entertainment, philanthropy, and pop culture. She spent 8 1/2 years covering the entertainment industry for www.hsx.com. She attended the University of Southern California where she majored in Creative Writing. An avid long distance runner, weekends she can be found running the streets of Los Angeles training for 1/2 and full marathons. Follow her on Facebook.
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