Special Report

30 Richest Americans of All Time

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30. Jim Walton (b.1948)
> 2018 estimated net worth: $46.6 billion
> Source of wealth: Walmart
> Birthplace: Newport, Arkansas

Jim Walton is the youngest son of Sam Walton, Walmart’s founder. Jim no longer sits on the company’s board, instead focusing on Arvest Bank, which is owned primarily by the Walton family.

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29. John Insley Blair (1802-1899)
> 2018 estimated net worth: $47.7 billion
> Source of wealth: Railroads
> Birthplace: Belvidere, New Jersey

Before the advent of cars and airplanes, railroads were the dominant way to move goods and people across the country. John Insley Blair was said to have been the largest owner of railroad property in the world at one point and he served as president of 16 railroad companies at the same time.

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28. Cyrus H.K. Curtis (1850-1933)
> 2018 estimated net worth: $48.3 billion
> Source of wealth: Publishing
> Birthplace: Portland, Maine

Recognized as a member of the Advertising Hall of Fame, Cyrus H.K. Curtis is considered the “founder of the modern magazine.” Curtis launched magazines such as Ladies’ Home Journal and later bought other publications including The Evening Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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27. Charles & David Koch (b.1935, b.1940)
> 2018 estimated net worth: $52.0 billion
> Source of wealth: Koch Industries, multiple industries
> Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas

Charles Koch and his brother David own more than 80% of Koch Industries, the conglomerate started by their father, Fred. Koch Industries produces a diverse array of products, including chemicals and consumer goods.

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26. William Weightman (1813-1904)
> 2018 estimated net worth: $52.7 billion
> Source of wealth: Pharmaceuticals
> Birthplace: Waltham, England

William Weightman moved to the U.S. at the request of his uncle, a chemist. In the country, Weightman launched a company that developed a new synthetic treatment for malaria He parlayed his windfall into a vast portfolio of real estate holdings in Philadelphia.

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