Special Report

Richest Person in Every State

Grant Suneson

Source: Courtesy of Chase Foundation

New Mexico: Mack C. Chase
> Est. net worth: $700 million
> Resides: Artesia

Mack C. Chase is an oil and gas tycoon who grew up and resides in Artesia, New Mexico. Chase started his own oil drilling business in 1968. While the Mack Energy Corporation has since expanded its operations to Texas and other parts of New Mexico, the company’s headquarters remain in Artesia. Through the Chase Foundation, Chase has donated millions to Artesia’s schools, students, athletic fields, health care facilities, and downtown area.

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New York: Michael Bloomberg
> Est. net worth: $58.4 billion
> Resides: New York

New York is home to dozens of billionaires, and at the top of this group is investor, media mogul, and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In 1981, Bloomberg started his investing media company, which also provides trading terminals to businesses and investors. Bloomberg was able to leverage his fame and wealth in the New York area to win a bid for city mayor in 2002, and he served for three terms. As of early 2020, he is campaigning to be the Democratic Party nominee for president.

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North Carolina: James Goodnight
> Est. net worth: $8.0 billion
> Resides: Cary

With an estimated net worth of $8.0 billion, James Goodnight is the wealthiest person in North Carolina and one of the 100 wealthiest people in America. Goodnight made his fortune in the software industry, founding analytics software firm SAS in 1976. The company is currently the largest employer in Cary, where Goodnight lives.

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North Dakota: Gary Tharaldson
> Est. net worth: $1.0 billion
> Resides: Fargo

Gary Tharaldson, the Fargo-based builder and operator of hundreds of hotels across the country through Tharaldson Companies, is the only billionaire in the state of North Dakota. Tharaldson sold 130 of his hotels for $1.2 billion to Goldman Sachs in 2006.

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Ohio: Les Wexner and family
> Est. net worth: $4.5 billion
> Resides: New Albany

Les Wexner is the founder and CEO of L Brands, a fashion retailer whose flagship brands include Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works. As a philanthropist, Wexner has donated millions to Ohio State University, the area’s Jewish community through the Wexner Foundation, and various other Ohio nonprofits.

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