Elect;Forbes List of Top 100 Richest People In America

It has been a terrible year for many, but the good times keep on rolling for the nation’s richest. The 400 wealthiest Americans saw their collective fortune increase 40% over the last year, to $4.5 trillion. Nearly all are richer than they were a year ago. Fortunes were calculated using stock prices and exchange rates from September 3, 2021.

David Green and family & Jack Dangermond;
Net Worth: $8.4 B
Age: 79
State: Oklahoma
Source: Retail
Philanthropy Score: 3
A preacher’s son from a poor background, Hobby Lobby founder David Green opened his first crafts shop in 1970 with a $600 loan. His empire has grown from a single 300-square-foot store in Oklahoma City to 957 locations in 46 states, with $6.4 billion in 2020 sales.

#98 (tie) Jack Dangermond
Net Worth: $8.4 B
Age: 76
State: California
Source: Mapping Software
Philanthropy Score: 2
Jack Dangermond founded Esri, the industry leader in GIS technology, a specialized software used for creating digital maps. He founded the company in 1969 with $1,100 in personal savings and is thought of as the godfather of digital mapping technology.

98 (tie) Rocco Commisso
Net Worth: $8.4 B
Age: 71
State: New Jersey
Source: Telecom
Philanthropy Score: 1
Rocco Commisso is the founder and CEO of cable company Mediacom, based in Chester, New York. He previously worked as CFO at Cablevision Industries, which was acquired by Time Warner in 1995.

#94 (tie) Lin Bin
Net Worth: $8.5 B
Age: 53
Source: Smartphones
Philanthropy Score: 0
Lin Bin is cofounder and vice chairman of Xiaomi, one of the world’s most popular smartphone brands. Before joining Xiaomi, he was an engineering director at Google from 2006 to 2010. Earlier in his career, Lin worked at ADP and Microsoft.

Nancy Walton Laurie & Henry Kravis

Nancy Walton Laurie
Net Worth: $8.5 B
Age: 70
State: Nevada
Source: Walmart
Philanthropy Score: 1
Nancy Walton Laurie inherited a stake in Walmart from her father, Bud Walton, who helped his brother, Sam, build the retail giant. When Bud died in 1995, Walton Laurie and her sister, Ann Walton Kroenke, received enough Walmart stock to make them both billionaires.

#94 (tie) Henry Kravis
Net Worth: $8.5 B
Age: 77
State: New York
Source: Private Equity
Philanthropy Score: 2
Henry Kravis cofounded private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts with his cousin, George Roberts, and Jerome Kohlberg (d. 2015) in 1976. In 1989, KKR orchestrated the $25 billion buyout of RJR Nabisco; the deal became the basis of the bestselling book “Barbarians at the Gate.”

Shahid Khan & George Soros

Shahid Khan
Net Worth: $8.5 B
Age: 71
State: Florida
Source: Auto Parts
Philanthropy Score: 1
An engineer by trade, Shahid Khan bought auto parts supplier Flex-N-Gate from his former employer in 1980. His design for a one-piece truck bumper was the basis for his success; the company now has 69 plants worldwide and over 26,000 employees.

#92 (tie) George Soros
Net Worth: $8.6 B
Age: 91
State: New York
Source: Hedge Funds
Philanthropy Score: 5
George Soros is a celebrated hedge fund tycoon who managed client money in New York from 1969 to 2011. In 1992, Soros shorted the British pound and reportedly made a profit of $1 billion. He became known as the man who broke the Bank of England.

Vinod Khosla & Herbert Kohler, Jr. and family

Vinod Khosla
Net Worth: $8.6 B
Age: 66
State: California
Source: Venture Capital
Philanthropy Score: 2
Vinod Khosla is the founder of Khosla Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm. His firm, Khosla Ventures, invests in experimental technologies such as biomedicine and robotics.

#90 (tie) Herbert Kohler, Jr. & family
Net Worth: $8.8 B
Age: 82
State: Wisconsin
Source: Plumbing Fixtures
Philanthropy Score: 2
Herbert Kohler Jr. is the executive chairman of Kohler, the Wisconsin-based plumbing fixture manufacturer that bears his family’s name. He stepped down as CEO in 2015 after running the company for 43 years but remains chairman. His son David is the CEO.

James Goodnight & Patrick Soon-Shiong

James Goodnight
Net Worth: $8.8 B
Age: 78
State: North Carolina
Source: Software
Philanthropy Score: 1
James Goodnight co-founded the analytics software firm SAS in 1976 with John Sall, whom he met while a PhD student at North Carolina State University. Goodnight has been at the helm since the company’s inception, when it developed software to analyze agricultural data.

#89 Patrick Soon-Shiong
Net Worth: $8.9 B
Age: 69
State: California
Source: Pharmaceuticals
Philanthropy Score: 1
Medical doctor Patrick Soon-Shiong invented the cancer drug Abraxane. It became a blockbuster thanks to its efficacy against pancreatic cancer. He sold his drug companies Abraxis in 2010 and American Pharmaceutical Partners in 2008 for a combined $9.1 billion.

George Roberts & Bernard Marcus

George Roberts
Net Worth: $9 B
Age: 78
State: California
Source: Private Equity
Philanthropy Score: 2
George Roberts is cofounder and co-CEO of private equity giant KKR & Co. and a pioneer in the leveraged buyout business. Along with his cousin Henry Kravis and their mentor Jerome Kohlberg, the three led KKR through debt-financed hostile takeovers starting in the 1970s.

#86 (tie) Bernard Marcus
Net Worth: $9.1 B
Age: 92
State: Georgia
Source: Home Depot
Philanthropy Score: 4
Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank cofounded Home Depot in 1978 after being fired from their jobs at a regional hardware store. In 1981, Marcus, Blank and early investor Ken Langone took Home Depot public. All three men are now billionaires.

Jerry Jones & Tom and Judy Love

Net Worth: $9.1 B
Age: 78
State: Texas
Source: Dallas Cowboys
Philanthropy Score: 1
The former co-captain of University of Arkansas 1964 national championship team, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has long had football in his blood. His most valuable holding is the Dallas Cowboys, which he bought for $150 million in 1989. The team is currently valued at $5.5 billion.

#83 (tie) Tom & Judy Love
Net Worth: $9.3 B
State: Oklahoma
Source: Retail & Gas Stations
Philanthropy Score: 1
Tom and Judy Love are the founders of convenience store chain Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores. They started their company in 1964, leasing a gas station in Watonga, Oklahoma for $5,000.

Ann Walton Kroenke & Ernest Garcia, III.

Ann Walton Kroenke
Net Worth: $9.3 B
Age: 72
State: Texas
Source: Walmart
Philanthropy Score: 1
Ann Walton-Kroenke is the daughter of Bud Walton, who helped his brother, Sam, build Walmart into a retail giant. She inherited part of Bud’s stake in the retailer when he died in 1995.

#83 (tie) Ernest Garcia, III.
Net Worth: $9.3 B
Age: 39
State: Arizona
Source: Used Cars
Philanthropy Score: 0
Ernest Garcia III is the CEO and cofounder of Carvana, an ecommerce platform for buying and selling used cars. Garcia launched Carvana in 2012 as a subsidiary of DriveTime, a traditional used car business that operates 126 dealerships in 25 states.

Jim Kennedy & Leon Black

Jim Kennedy
Net Worth: $9.7 B
Age: 73
State: Georgia
Source: Media, Automotive
Philanthropy Score: 2
Jim Kennedy is the chairman of privately-held automotive and media company Cox Enterprises; he shares ownership with his sister and cousins.

#78 (tie) Leon Black
Net Worth: $9.9 B
Age: 70
State: New York
Source: Private Equity
Philanthropy Score: 2
Leon Black is the cofounder of private equity behemoth Apollo Global Management, which manages over $470 billion in assets.

Andrew Beal & George Kaiser
Andrew Beal
Net Worth: $9.9 B
Age: 68
State: Texas
Source: Banks, Real Estate
Philanthropy Score: 0
Andrew Beal is the founder and owner of Beal Financial Corporation, which owns Beal Bank and has assets of more than $8 billion.

#76 (tie) George Kaiser
Net Worth: $10 B
Age: 79
State: Oklahoma
Source: Oil & Gas, Banking
Philanthropy Score: 4
George Kaiser took over his family’s Kaiser-Francis Oil Company in the 1960s.

Nathan Blecharczyk & Steven Rales

Nathan Blecharczyk
Net Worth: $10 B
Age: 38
State: California
Source: Airbnb
Philanthropy Score: 0
Nathan Blecharczyk cofounded peer-to-peer room and home rental company Airbnb with Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky in 2008. Blecharczyk, who is chief strategy officer, was the company’s first engineer. He is also the chairman of Airbnb China.

#75 Steven Rales
Net Worth: $10.1 B
Age: 70
State: California
Source: Manufacturing
Philanthropy Score: 1
Steven Rales and his brother Mitchell acquired a REIT in 1983 and merged it into their firm Danaher, named after a Montana creek. Focused on tax avoidance and cash flow, they acquired more than three dozen companies and turned Danaher into a diversified firm.

 

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