The net worth of the world’s 26 wealthiest billionaires is $1.4 trillion — the same as the combined wealth of the world’s 3.8 billion poorest people, or about half of the world’s population. That staggering finding, reported earlier this year by Oxfam International, underscores the massive wealth of the world’s billionaires — a scale that most people cannot fully comprehend.
As one of the world’s wealthiest nations, the United States is home to a fair number of the world’s wealthy elite. According to Forbes’ ranking of global billionaires, 15 of the 26 wealthiest people on Earth are American.
While most wealthy people tend to live in or near major economic centers in states with large economies, the extremely wealthy live where they please and can be found all across the country. All but six states have at least one billionaire, and all but one of those six have people with a net worth of at least $500 million.
Reviewing real-time net worth estimates from Forbes, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the wealthiest person in every state.
Correction: In a previous version of this piece, the image intended to be of Elizabeth Snyder in the Delaware profile was of a different woman. That image has been replaced.