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Who's the richest person in your state?

Andrew Prokop is a senior politics correspondent at Vox, covering the White House, elections, and political scandals and investigations. He’s worked at Vox since the site’s launch in 2014, and before that, he worked as a research assistant at the New Yorker’s Washington, DC, bureau.

According to Forbes, there are 442 billionaires with US citizenship. But many of them live in just two states — an estimated 111 billionaires in California and 88 in New York. What about the rest of the country? The real estate blog Movoto made a map that lists the wealthiest resident in each of the 50 states, with particularly large fortunes in blue or light red:


We can see that some families spread their wealth across multiple states — Charles and David Koch top Kansas and New York, while Jim, Christy, and Alice Walton top Arkansas, Wyoming, and Texas. Most states have at least one billionaire, but a few, like Delaware, Maine, North Dakota, and Alaska, don't have any. Nobody's fortune, however, can compare with that of Washington-based Bill Gates, the richest person in the world.

Movoto estimates that about half of the people on its map made their fortunes after founding a company. Head over to their site to see the full interactive version, with links to more information about each state's wealthiest person.

(Hat tip: Huffington Post)

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