These Are The Richest People Of All-Time From Each State In The U.S.


Many of you filed your taxes recently and felt like a Rockefeller upon the realization that you’d be receiving a fat refund check. That felt good, no? A little dopamine surge to the brain? Well imagine every second of the day reeling in that refund check. Did you know that if you had John Rockefeller’s fortune when you popped out of the womb and lived to 80 years old, you could spend more than $8.8 million a DAY for all 80 years of your life? That translates to like six movie popcorns a day. That’d be dope.

The great U.S. of A is home to more billionaires than any other country in the world, but there are seven states in the union that have yet to produce a single billionaire–Alaska, Maine, Vermont, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Alabama. The folks over at How have compiled a list of the richest people of all time from every state to demonstrate how vast the wealth difference is, even for billionaires. Since many of the richest people ever have already died, the site had to adjust for inflation to accurately compare.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you a combined fortune of $1.5 trillion.


Here are the top 10 states with the wealthiest people of all-time.

1. New York: John D. Rockefeller –American oil industry business magnate, $257.25B

2. Oklahoma: Sam Walton — Founder of Walmart and Sam’s Club, $171.55B

3. New Mexico: Jeff Bezos — Amazon founder, $116.57B

4. Pennsylvania: Richard Mellon Scaife –Heir to the Mellon banking, oil, and aluminum fortune, and the owner and publisher of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, $104.73B

5. Washington: Bill Gates — Founder of Microsoft, $90.54B

6. Nebraska: Warren Buffett –CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, $90.44B

7. Massachusetts: Marshall Field –F ounder of Marshall Field and Company, $76.26B

8. Michigan: Henry Ford –Founder of the Ford Motor Company, $68.33B

9. Illinois: Larry Ellison — Executive chairman and chief technology officer of Oracle Corporation, $56.76B

10. Maryland: Sergey Brin — Co-founder of Google, $53.32B

So……what are you going to do with that $328 tax refund?

[h/t How Much]

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Matt’s love of writing was born during a sixth grade assembly when it was announced that his essay titled “Why Drugs Are Bad” had taken first prize in D.A.R.E.’s grade-wide contest. The anti-drug people gave him a $50 savings bond for his brave contribution to crime-fighting, and upon the bond’s maturity 10 years later, he used it to buy his very first bag of marijuana.