18 Illinois residents on Forbes' 2019 billionaire list


Citadel founder Ken Griffin   Citadel

Gov. J.B. Pritzker was among 18 Illinois residents on Forbes’ 2019 billionaire list, which was released earlier this week.

Worth an estimated $3.2 billion, Pritzker, an heir to the Hyatt Hotel chain, was ranked the 691st wealthiest person in the world.

He was far from the wealthiest Illinois resident, however. That honor goes to Citadel founder Ken Griffin, who is worth an estimated $11.7 billion, putting him at No. 117 on Forbes’ list. 

All told, Forbes included 2,153 billionaires from around the world with a combined net worth of $8.7 trillion on this year’s list.

The top spot on the list went to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his family, worth an estimated $131 billion. Microsoft founder Bill Gates was second with $96.5 billion and Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffet came in third with $82.5 billion.

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Illinois' Wealthiest Residents

NameIndustryNet Worth
Ken Griffinhedge funds$11.7 billion
Sam Zellreal estate and private equity$5.5 billion
Thomas Pritzkerhotels and investments$4.1 billion
Neil Bluhmreal estate$4 billion
Joe Mansuetoinvestment research$3.3 billion
J.B. Pritzkerhotels and investments$3.2 billion
Jean (Gigi) Pritzkerhotels and investments$3.1 billion
Mark Walterfinance$3.1 billion
Patrick Ryaninsurance$3 billion
Penny Pritzkerhotels and investments$2.6 billion
Ty Warnerreal estate and plush toys$2.6 billion
Joseph Grendyspoultry processing$2.5 billion
Eric LefkofskyGroupon$2.5 billion
Nicholas Pritzkerhotels and investments$2 billion
Jennifer Pritzkerhotels and investments$1.9 billion
Jerry Reinsdorfsports teams$1.6 billion
Michael Krasnyretail$1.4 billion
Steven Sarowitzpayroll software$1.3 billion
Source: Forbes

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