Fortune Also Favors the Rich
Billionaires seem to come by their fortunes in one of two ways: They either build huge companies from scratch — maybe from a garage or a small apartment — or the old-fashioned way, meaning they inherited it. Whatever the path to wealth, there are a lot of crazy rich people in America, including eight of the top 10 wealthiest in the world. While there are states with more than their share of billionaires (California, New York, and Florida have almost 400 between them) they can be found scattered nationwide. Well, except in Alabama, Alaska, Delaware, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia, which have only multimillionaires. Sniff.
Unless otherwise noted, residence status and net worth totals are from the May 8 listings of the Forbes Real-Time Billionaires List, which updates constantly when markets are open. If you like a horse race, follow along and watch these fortunes ebb and flow.