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Who's the richest person in your state?

Espresso Logo By Jessica Wei of Espresso | Slide 1 of 51: Of all the people on this list, only six have a net worth shy of a billion dollars. A billion is 1,000 million dollars—in practical terms, it can buy 1,666 Palm Springs dream homes at $6 million each, and 5,000,000 Barbie dream homes (at $200 each). With $1 billion, you could pay a livable wage to 20,000 people for a year, at a salary of $50,000. And $1 billion is more than the national GDP of Tonga, Dominica, Samoa, Vanuatu, the Marshall Islands, Palau and Micronesia. According to a report by Bridgespan titled “Billion Dollar Bets,” $1 billion could improve early childhood development for 5.8 million kids in the U.S. who are currently unprepared for kindergarten, reform the criminal justice system and decrease the rate of incarceration with a grant-based system, and create more access for contraceptives to reduce 1.5 million unintended pregnancies annually. Or, you could leave it in a bank account for your children and children’s children, and grow it by stiffing sweatshop employees, exploiting natural resources, taking advantage of the financially vulnerable, dodging taxes and undercutting entire industries. Here are the richest people in each U.S. state and how they have made and spent their money.

Who's the richest person in your state?

Of all the people on this list, only six have a net worth shy of a billion dollars. A billion is 1,000 million dollars—in practical terms, it can buy 1,666 Palm Springs dream homes at $6 million each, and 5,000,000 Barbie dream homes (at $200 each). With $1 billion, you could pay a livable wage to 20,000 people for a year, at a salary of $50,000. And $1 billion is more than the national GDP of Tonga, Dominica, Samoa, Vanuatu, the Marshall Islands, Palau and Micronesia.

According to a report by Bridgespan titled “Billion Dollar Bets,” $1 billion could improve early childhood development for 5.8 million kids in the U.S. who are currently unprepared for kindergarten, reform the criminal justice system and decrease the rate of incarceration with a grant-based system, and create more access for contraceptives to reduce 1.5 million unintended pregnancies annually.

Or, you could leave it in a bank account for your children and children’s children, and grow it by stiffing sweatshop employees, exploiting natural resources, taking advantage of the financially vulnerable, dodging taxes and undercutting entire industries.

Here are the richest people in each U.S. state and how they have made and spent their money.

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