The 15 Richest People in Texas and How Much They’re Worth

(NEXSTAR) – Although Texas isn’t home to the majority of America’s wealthiest people – California holds this title – it is the home of the richest American, according to Forbes. He is one of 43 Texas residents who made Forbes’ list this year, even though his net worth just took a hit.

That’s right, Elon Musk, the man behind Tesla and SpaceX, and the new CEO of Twitter, is the richest person in Texas. When Forbes published its list of the 400 richest people living in America, Musk’s net worth was $251 billion. On Friday, his net worth is listed as just under $175 billion, according to Forbes, which is still about $25 billion more than the next richest American, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

Other Texas billionaires got rich through a variety of businesses, including retail, athletics, oil, investments, hearing aids, and alcohol.

After Musk, Alice Walton is the second richest resident of Texas and the richest woman in the Lone Star State. According to Forbes, the main source of her wealth comes from Walmart – she is the only daughter of the chain’s founder, Sam Walton. She doesn’t work for Walmart like her brothers, Rob and Jim, but instead is president of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Among the wealthiest Texans are Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of Dell Technologies; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones; spouses Stanley Kroenke and Ann Walton Kroenke (although listed separately); Tilman Fertitta, owner of the Houston Rockets; Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia; and Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks.

Here are the 15 richest people in Texas, their sources of wealth, and their wealth as of the time Forbes released its list:

  1. Elon Musk (Tesla, SpaceX) – $251 billion
  2. Alice Walton (Walmart) – $55.7 billion
  3. Michael Dell (Dell Technologies) – $50 billion
  4. Jerry Jones (Dallas Cowboys) – $16 billion
  5. Stanley Kroenke (sports, real estate) – $12.9 billion
  6. Jeffery Hildebrand (oil) – $11 billion
  7. Andrew Beal (banks, real estate) – $10.3 billion
  8. Autry Stephens (oil) – $10 billion
  9. Ann Walton Kroenke (Walmart) – $8.3 billion
  10. Robert F. Smith (private equity) – $8 billion
  11. Tilman Fertitta (Houston Rockets, entertainment) – $7.7 billion
  12. Joe Gebbia (Airbnb) – $7.6 billion
  13. Charles Butt (supermarkets) – $7.5 billion
  14. Richard Kinder (oil pipelines) – $7.3 billion
  15. Dannine Avara (pipes) – $6.9 billion

Musk was the only Texas resident to make Forbes’ 10 richest Americans list. He was ahead of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Microsoft’s Bill Gates.

You can check out the full list and methodology from Forbes here.

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