Dean White net worth: Dean White's net worth is $1.8 billion dollars which makes him one of the richest people in Indiana. Dean White graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and currently lives in Crown Point, Indiana. He began working for his father's billboard business, Whiteco Advertising Company, in the mid-40s. His father challenged him to make a million dollars by age 40, and he set about doing so. After assuming leadership of the company in the early 50s, he focused a percentage of the company's profits on real estate development, primarily in hotels. His gamble paid off, and most recently, he launched a massive $450 million five-hotel complex in Indianapolis that includes the JW Marriott's largest hotel property, with 1,005 rooms. The property is steps from Lucas Oil Field, and the February 2012 opening included a performance by Diana Ross. He sold his father's billboard business for $960 million in 1998, and sold 100 of his hotel properties in 2006 for $1.7 billion.