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The 8 Richest People In The United States

Updated on February 15, 2015

I believe a wise man once said "Learn from those who have succeeded."

The first step is learning who has been the biggest success financially. I will not claim that finances are the only sign of success; a person can have a lot of money, and still not be a success. When people have enough money to be able to instill a change to the world, they can use it for good or bad.

Here are the 8 richest people in the United States, and some tidbits on them:

By Walmart [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
By Walmart [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

#8 Alice Walton

"One of the great responsibilities that I have is to manage my assets wisely, so that they create value." Alice Walton

Alice Walton is the youngest daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton and his wife, Helen. Estimates say that Alice is worth $35 Billion.

Alice was born in Arkansas, and she attended Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Alice makes her home in Millsap, Texas. Earning a B.A. in finance and economics tells me that Alice knows how to handle money. It did come to my attention that she may have had some difficult times handling her alcohol. She has had several car accidents, and not so long ago, Alice did get a DWI, but it seems, all charges were dropped. That is much easier to do being a billionaire and all.

This quote from the great Sam Walton came in his book: Made In America:

"Alice is "most like me – a maverick – but even more volatile than I am.""

#7 Christy Walton

This is an inheritance of an inheritance.

Christy is not a Walton by blood, but by marriage. You see, her husband, John Walton was also Sam's son. John died flying a homemade plane.

For those of you who do not think the Walton inheritors give back, consider this: Christy Walton is said to be the biggest "giver" of women business magnates.

Christy makes her home in Jackson, Wyoming. Estimates say she is currently worth $3.7 Billion.

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By User:Bectrigger (Cropped from File:Sheldon_Adelson_21_June_2010.jpg) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

#6 Sheldon Adelson

"I’ll tell you the secret, but nobody ever follows it. Just do things different. Just do things in life the way other people don’t do that. Change the status quo. And then you’ll succeed." Sheldon Adelson

Sheldon is a great figure to learn from if you want to know how to succeed financially in life. He started out in the Jewish slums of Boston. Everything Sheldon has done and made, he has done on his own with no handouts.

Sheldon Adelson is the CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Hotel and Casino. He is worth an estimated $37.5 Billion.


#5 & #4 The Koch Brothers: David and Charles

These 2 sons of the late Fred Koch, inherited the family business that Fred started. David and Charles somehow through litigation and manipulation ended up with all of the private company of Koch Industries. With a baser in Wichita, Kansas, Koch Industries owns:

  • Invista
  • Georgia-Pacific
  • Flint Hills Resources
  • Koch Pipeline
  • Koch Fertilizer
  • and More

These brothers are also major players in lobbying within our government. Some people claim that the Koch brothers actually run the United States of America.

David and Charles are each worth $40 Billion apiece.

"Citizens who over-rely on their government to do everything not only become dependent on their government, they end up having to do whatever the government demands. In the meantime, their initiative and self-respect are destroyed." Charles Koch

By Oracle Corporate Communications [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
By Oracle Corporate Communications [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

#3 Larry Ellison

Coming in at #3 is the CEO of Oracle: 69 year old Larry Ellison.

Mr Ellison's value sits in the neighborhood of $48 Billion. He built it all after dropping out of college and building software companies. It was with Oracle that he hit the big time.

Oracle are the makers of Java.

If you ever find writings from Larry Ellison, I suggest you read and learn. He is wise on making money.

"When you innovate, you've got to be prepared for everyone telling you you're nuts." Larry Ellison

By Mark Hirschey (Work of Mark Hirschey) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
By Mark Hirschey (Work of Mark Hirschey) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

#2 Warren Buffett

"There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult." Warren Buffett

We can learn a lot from this tycoon who is the CEO of Berkshire/Hathaway.

Warren Buffett is from Omaha, Nebraska and has shown many people some wise moves to make. Many have become financially free from his advice.

Warren Buffett is one any wise investor should listen to. [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons

#1 Bill Gates

"As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others." Bill Gates

Does this surprise you?

Yes it is the supreme leader of Microsoft who is the richest man in the United States. His value is near $76 Billion.

If you want to learn from Bill, just keep abreast of the 2 links I am putting below.


There you have it, the top 8 richest in the U.S.A.

Learn from them and maybe someday you can be on the list.


© 2014 Greg Boudonck


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      Greg Boudonck 3 years ago from Will soon return to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Yes, you are right, but will they help?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That kind of wealth is beyond my comprehension. Imagine the good that could be done for humanity with that kind of money. :)

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      Greg Boudonck 3 years ago from Will soon return to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Yes, the love of money is evil.There are those who are generous; as God blessed them, they bless others.

      Thank you for the compliment and have a blessed day.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      You wrote a good looking hub, very organized, and with a deep search. About money all I can say is quote 1 Timothy 6:10 "For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs."