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Who’s rich around here?

The real estate Web site Movoto today released an interactive graphic listing the richest person in each state, and you can find it here.

Below is what it looks like, so of  course what we want to know is the gossip on the locals.

D.C., not being a state, doesn’t get a nod. The big ta-da in Maryland is Ted Lerner, which goes to show that real estate (like, say, Tyson’s Corner), not just baseball (like, say, the Washington Nationals), might just be the American pastime. Net worth, as estimated by Forbes and Celebrity Net Worth and calculated by Movoto: $4.2 billion.


In Virginia, it’s all sugar and spice for Jacqueline Mars, heiress of the Mars candy empire — think about that the next time you’re munching those Snickers, Twix, M&Ms, Milky Ways, or even Skittles. (The company, based in McLean, also produces Uncle Ben’s Rice and other less cavity-inducing enterprises, so there’s that. ) Net worth: $20 billion.

In West Virginia, it’s coal country, and Jim Justice, who also owns the Greenbrier, comes in at $1.6 billion.

The state with the least richest individual: Alaska, where investment manger honcho Robert Gilliam gets by on a mere $700 million. Tops of all, of course is Washington state’s Bill Gates, the world’s richest person, at an estimated $76 billion.





Neely Tucker is a staff writer in the Sunday Magazine. He has reported from more than 50 countries around the world and from two dozen of these United States.

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