Illinois Billionaires Top the Wealthiest List

Hi this is Leslie Harris. You know how we keep hearing how Illinois’s economy sucks? I’m sorry if you have had that experience, and I know many people have, so I don’t want to make light of that.

However, 22 Illinois billionaires have made Forbes list of the richest people in the world, and together their wealth totals 12.2 TRILLION dollars. So I guess Illinois economy isn’t too bad for them!

The wealthiest billionaires in the world that live in Illinois include:

Patrick Ryan, worth 8 billion

Neil Bluhm, worth 6 billion

Thomas Pritzker, worth 5.3 billion

Mark Walter, worth 5.3 billion

Sam Zell, worth 5.2 billion

Ty Warner- the Beanie Baby guy! Worth 5.2 billion

Joe Mansueto, 4.4 billion

Eric Lefkovsky, 4.2 billion Joseph Grendes, 3.8 billion