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Forbes: Dan Gilbert is the richest person in Michigan

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DETROIT – It's probably not a surprise.

Forbes released their 2017 list of the Richest Person in Every State. 

The richest person on the list is the richest person in Washington state – and the entire world: Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates, who is worth $88.9 billion.  Gates is also the biggest gainer in dollar terms, adding $12.9 billion to his net worth this year.  But he’s in danger of losing his titles: Amazon founder and fellow Washington resident Jeff Bezos is hot on his heels, but fell just short, at $83.3 billion, this year. 

The youngest list member is Mark Zuckerberg (California, $62.4 billion) at 33 years old, while the oldest person on the list is Leslie Lampton (Mississippi, $760 million) at 91 years old.  The average age of list members is 72 years old.

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The richest person in Michigan is Quicken Loans chairman Dan Gilbert, with an estimated net worth of more than $5 billion.

According to Forbes, compared to last year's list, nearly 70% of them, or 36 people, are wealthier than last year; only 12 saw a decline in the value of their net worth. Their fortunes average $14.4 billion, up from $12.6 billion in 2016.

 

Rank

Name

Final Worth

Residence State

1

Bill Gates

88.9

Washington

2

Warren Buffett

76.2

Nebraska

3

Mark Zuckerberg

62.4

California

4

Michael Bloomberg

50.7

New York

5

Charles Koch

47.5

Kansas

6

Jim Walton

38.5

Arkansas

7

Alice Walton

38.2

Texas

8

Sheldon Adelson

35.6

Nevada

9

Jacqueline Mars

27.6

Virginia

10

John Mars

27.6

Wyoming

 


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