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Elon Musk is still considered the world’s wealthiest person with a net worth of $274.9 Billion, but he’s a Texan now.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is projected to become the world’s first “trillionaire” by 2026, but he’s not a Californian, he’s a Washingtonian who is currently trying to set up residency on Mars, but only because Elon is better at it.

This is the list of richest people in California this year, it’s a shocker that 18 out of 20 are white dudes, and 15 out of 20 reside in the Bay Area. 3 out of the top 4 are Googlers, apparently, that sweet, sweet, search monopoly really continues to pay off.

The below data is from Forbes, they really fucking love rich people, and these billionaires are ranked by net worth as of September 6, 2022. Forbes lists 177 billionaires in California in total.

We should really do an article on which billionaires give the most to the best causes, but this list made me too nauseous to continue writing:


#20. George Roberts
– Net worth: $8.1 billion (#257 wealthiest in the world)
– Residence: Atherton, California
– Source of wealth: private equity, Self Made

#19. Dustin Moskovitz
– Net worth: $8.1 billion (#256 wealthiest in the world)
– Residence: San Francisco, California
– Source of wealth: Facebook, Self Made

Brian Chesky, co-founder and CEO of Airbnb

#18. Brian Chesky
– Net worth: $8.9 billion (#220 wealthiest in the world)
– Residence: San Francisco, California
– Source of wealth: Airbnb, Self Made

#17. Eric Smidt
– Net worth: $9.0 billion (#217 wealthiest in the world)
– Residence: Beverly Hills, California
– Source of wealth: hardware stores, Self Made

#16. Jan Koum
– Net worth: $9.0 billion (#216 wealthiest in the world)
– Residence: Atherton, California
– Source of wealth: WhatsApp, Self Made

#15. Marijke Mars
– Net worth: $9.3 billion (#208 wealthiest in the world)
– Residence: Los Angeles, California
– Source of wealth: candy, pet food

#14. John Collison
– Net worth: $9.5 billion (#196 wealthiest in the world)
– Residence: San Francisco, California
– Source of wealth: payments software, Self Made

#13. Patrick Collison
– Net worth: $9.5 billion (#196 wealthiest in the world)
– Residence: San Francisco, California
– Source of wealth: payment software, Self Made

Andreas Bechtolsheim at Stanford

#12. Andreas von Bechtolsheim & family
– Net worth: $9.6 billion (#195 wealthiest in the world)
– Residence: Palo Alto, California
– Source of wealth: Google, Self Made

#11. David Cheriton
– Net worth: $9.7 billion (#193 wealthiest in the world)
– Residence: Palo Alto, California
– Source of wealth: Google, Self Made

#10. Charles Schwab
– Net worth: $10.5 billion (#180 wealthiest in the world)
– Residence: Woodside, California
– Source of wealth: discount brokerage, Self Made

#9. John Doerr
– Net worth: $10.9 billion (#174 wealthiest in the world)
– Residence: Woodside, California
– Source of wealth: venture capital, Self Made

#8. Jensen Huang
– Net worth: $12.8 billion (#142 wealthiest in the world)
– Residence: Los Altos, California
– Source of wealth: semiconductors, Self Made

#7. Laurene Powell Jobs & family
– Net worth: $14.8 billion (#119 wealthiest in the world)
– Residence: Palo Alto, California
– Source of wealth: Apple, Disney

#6. Donald Bren
– Net worth: $16.2 billion (#100 wealthiest in the world)
– Residence: Newport Beach, California
– Source of wealth: real estate, Self Made

#5. Robert Pera
– Net worth: $17.7 billion (#86 wealthiest in the world)
– Residence: San Jose, California
– Source of wealth: wireless networking gear, Self Made

#4. Eric Schmidt
– Net worth: $18.2 billion (#84 wealthiest in the world)
– Residence: Atherton, California
– Source of wealth: Google, Self Made

#3. Mark Zuckerberg
– Net worth: $57.2 billion (#17 wealthiest in the world)
– Residence: Palo Alto, California
– Source of wealth: Facebook, Self Made

Larry Page, co-founder of Google

#2. Sergey Brin
– Net worth: $88.2 billion (#10 wealthiest in the world)
– Residence: Los Altos, California
– Source of wealth: Google, Self Made

#1. Larry Page
– Net worth: $91.9 billion (#9 wealthiest in the world)
– Residence: Palo Alto, California
– Source of wealth: Google, Self Made

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1 Comment

  1. September 16, 2022 at 11:28 pm — Reply

    So… you’re just tossing out the term “self-made” until the words become meaningless? The folks on this list are the opposite of that – more than 80% of them coming from well-off families and using their connections to start the businesses they’re known for.

    Besides, with all these richies, the right thing to do is obvious: Tax the Shit out of ’em. It’s what the country did in the ’50s and it’s what we should do right now: https://www.taxpolicycenter.org/statistics/historical-highest-marginal-income-tax-rates

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