Richest of the Rich
Who's the richest of them all? Forbes has released its 2016 list of the world's billionaires, featuring 1,810 individuals who have a combined net worth of $6.48 trillion. Among the 540 American billionaires are 22 very wealthy North Texans.
Leading the pack is Fort Worth's Alice Walton, Walmart heiress. The 66-year-old, the richest in Texas, has an estimated net worth of $32.3 billion, down from $39.4 billion last year. She takes the No. 16 spot overall.
The next North Texan on the list is Andy Beal, 63, at No. 115. The banker's net worth, at $9.4 billion, is down from $11.7 billion in 2014. Dallas oilman Ray Hunt, 73, lands at No. 248. His net worth is down slightly from last year, to $5.4 billion from $5.6 billion.
Not everyone's net worth took a tumble. Dallas oil and gas mogul and noted philanthropist Trevor Rees-Jones, the 258th richest man on the planet and fourth richest North Texan, is worth an estimated $5.2 billion. The 64-year-old is up from $4.3 billion in 2014.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, 73, is now worth an estimated $5 billion, compared to last year's $4.2 billion, which puts him at No. 270 overall. Mavericks owner and Shark Tank star Mark Cuban's on the list too, at No. 527. The 57-year-old is worth an estimated $3.2 billion, up from $3 billion.
Here are the remaining North Texans on Forbes' list of the world's richest for 2016:
- Robert Rowling (Dallas), No. 286, $4.9 billion
- Ross Perot (Dallas), No. 403, $3.8 billion
- Robert Bass (Fort Worth), No. 612, $2.8 billion
- David Bonderman (Fort Worth), No. 688, $2.5 billion
- Gerald Ford (Dallas), No. 906, $2 billion
- Edward Bass (Fort Worth), No. 1011, $1.8 billion
- Lee Bass (Fort Worth), No. 1011, $1.8 billion
- Sid Bass (Fort Worth), No. 1011, $1.8 billion
- Ray Davis (Dallas), No. 1067, $1.7 billion
- W. Herbert Hunt (Dallas), No. 1067, $1.7 billion
- Kelcy Warren (Dallas), No. 1067, $1.7 billion
- Ross Perot Jr. (Dallas), No. 1198, $1.5 billion
- Todd Wagner (Dallas), No. 1198, $1.5 billion
- Darwin Deason (Dallas), No. 1275, $1.4 billion
- Tim Headington (Dallas), No. 1275, $1.4 billion
- Kenny Troutt (Dallas), No. 1367, $1.3 billion
A total of 48 Texans land on the Forbes list. Notable names include Michael Dell ($19.8 billion), best boss ever Jeffrey Hildebrand ($4.2 billion), and Jean Paul DeJoria ($2.8 billion).
The richest people on the planet are Bill Gates of Microsoft fame ($75 billion), Zara's Amancia Ortega ($67 billion), Warren Buffet ($60.8 billion), Mexico's Carlos Slim Helu ($50 billion), and Amazon's Jeff Bezos ($45.2 billion).