NEW YORK (CNNMoney) – Being rich is great. Being the richest person in your state is the greatest.
That must be how Bill Gates and 49 other heavy-hitting Americans feel, after Wealth-X released a report ranking the wealthiest individuals in each state.
Gates tops the list as the richest Washingtonian, with an estimated net worth of $81.5 billion. He’s followed by Warren Buffett of Nebraska, Larry Ellison of California, David Koch of Kansas and the top five’s lone lady, Wal-Mart heiress Christy Walton of Arkansas. The list is based on Wealth-X’s assessment of assets and uses the primary business address to determine a person’s location.
The American Dream: 35 of the 50 list-makers are self-made entrepreneurs, according to Wealth-X.
But not all are entirely responsible for their cushy positions at the top. People like Micky Arison, who inherited Carnival cruises from his father, and Virginia’s Forrest Mars…
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