Special Report

The Richest Person in Every State

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Oklahoma: Harold Hamm
> Net worth: $17.2 billion
> Residence: Oklahoma City

With an estimated net worth of $17.2 billion, Harold Hamm is Oklahoma’s wealthiest resident and one of the 100 richest people in the world. Hamm runs oil and gas company Continental Resources. He helped popularize fracking as a method of extracting natural resources.

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Oregon: Phil Knight
> Net worth: $47.3 billion
> Residence: Hillsboro

Phil Knight is Oregon’s wealthiest resident. Knight and his former University of Oregon track coach founded the company that would become footwear and apparel behemoth Nike. Today, Nike is one of the largest employers in the state. Knight is also one of the state’s biggest philanthropists, having given more than $2 billion to several universities.

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Pennsylvania: Jeff Yass
> Net worth: $12 billion
> Residence: Haverford

Pennsylvania’s wealthiest resident is Jeff Yass, cofounder of trading firm Susquehanna International Group. Prior to founding the firm, Yass began amassing his fortune through gambling on poker and horse racing. He is now worth $12 billion.

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Rhode Island: Jonathan Nelson
> Net worth: $2.2 billion
> Residence: Providence

Providence, Rhode Island, resident Jonathan Nelson is the co-founder and CEO of Providence Equity Partners. The company owns stakes in dozens of companies, largely in media, communications, and information.

South Carolina: Anita Zucker
> Net worth: $1.7 billion
> Residence: Charleston

Anita Zucker is CEO of the Charleston-based InterTech Group, a chemical manufacturing company. Zucker took over the position after her husband Jerry Zucker, who founded the company, passed away in 2008. In addition to her work, Zucker is also a noted philanthropist, giving millions of dollars to various educational causes throughout her home state of South Carolina.

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