The wealthiest person in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana

Information taken from Forbes, Huffington Post

Who's the wealthiest person in the world? That's easy, Bill Gates.

But who's the wealthiest resident of Ohio? How about Kentucky? Indiana?

In an effort to address those titillating questions, the real estate blog Movoto created an interactive map that highlights the richest resident of each state.

RELATED: See the full map

Movoto used data collected by Forbes and Celebrity Net Worth to create the map, which also shows the range of wealth in each state. It uses darker shades of blue to reflect those at the richest end of the wealth spectrum and darker shades of red reflect those at the lower end.

Clearly, there's no surprise that Gates is the wealthiest resident of the state of Washington ($80 billion) or that Warren Buffett ($63.1 billion) has more money than anyone in Nebraska. But it may surprise you who has the most cash and monetary assets in other states.

For instance, did you know that there are only four states in the U.S. that can't claim a billionaire as one of its own? They are North Dakota, Delaware, Maine and Alaska, which has the least rich individual on the map – Robert Gillam.

Gillam is the founder of McKinley Capital, an Alaska-based institutional investment firm valued at only $700 million.

Below is a list of the wealthiest person in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.


Does the name Les Wexner ring a bell?

No, he's not a bad guy in a Superman movie. Wexner is the the chairman and CEO of the Limited Brands corporation.

He is also the wealthiest resident of the state of Ohio. His net worth is valued at $5.8 billion, earning him the 216th spot on the Forbes "The World Billionaires" List.

Wexner, 76, was born in Dayton, Ohio before going on to earn his fortune by owning various clothing and home goods stores including Victoria's Secret, Pink, La Senza, Bath & Body Works and Henri Bendel. It's all under his parent company L Brands.

The New Albany, Ohio resident is also credited with being largely responsible for building the retail economy in Columbus, now home to the corporate campuses of both L Brands and Abercrombie & Fitch, a former Wexner brand.

When he's not raking in the bucks, Wexner is likely giving his money away.

Most famously, he's committed over $100 million to The Ohio State University, his alma mater. But he's also donated a not-so-small fortune to philanthropic causes including health initiatives, religious causes and the arts. 


While he grew up in Oklahoma, B. Wayne Hughes is now known as the wealthiest resident of The Commonwealth, with a worth of just over $2.5 billion.

Hughes, 81, whose first name is Bradley, became a self-made billionaire two times over by turning a small storage business into the 715th most valuable personal fortune in the world, according to Forbes.

The Lexington, Kentucky resident co-founded Public Storage with a single locker in 1972 and turned it into the nation's biggest chain of self-storage facilities. As of 2014, the business had more than 2,200 locations in the U.S. and Europe.

He retired as CEO of the Glendale, California company in 2002 and now serves as its chairman emeritus. His daughter, billionaire Tamara Hughes Gustavson, sits on the board, as does his son, B. Wayne Hughes Jr.

What does a billionaire do with his fortune? Turn it into even greater fame and riches through horse racing, a fitting pastime for a resident of the Bluegrass State. 

An owner of thoroughbred racehorses since 1972, Hughes' colt Action This Day won the 2003 Breeders' Cup Juvenile and was voted the Eclipse Award for Outstanding 2-Year-Old Male Horse. In 2013, Hughes' filly Beholder won the Breeders' Cup Distaff and was voted the Eclipse Award for American Champion 3-Year-Old Filly.

In June 2004 he acquired the historic 700-acre Spendthrift Farm near Lexington.

In addition to work and play, Hughes created and funds the Parker Hughes Cancer Center in Minnesota, which performs research to help develop drugs and treatment for children's leukemia and cancer. He's also in the past been a major donor to conservative political organizations.


If you don't know about Gayle Cook, you should.

Indiana's wealthiest resident, Cook has accumulated $6.1 billion in her 80 years on Earth and the wealth keeps rolling in. In 2013, Forbes ranked her as 329th wealthiest person in the world, but she jumped 89 spots this year to No. 240.

Cook's professional achievements in the medical device world make her not only a role model to women, but to business people in general.

The Indiana University grad is the owner of the Cook Group Inc., a company that specializes in makings stents and catheters that contain pre-injected antibiotics. She co-founded the company with her late husband William ("Bill") in 1963 in a spare room in their Bloomington, Indiana apartment.

The couple's son, Carl Cook, is also involved in the business, which has offices in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. The company has revenues of more than $2 billion, according to Forbes, and continues to grow thanks to "market capitalization of publicly traded competitors like Johnson & Johnson and Stryker Corp."

When her husband passed away in 2011, Cook, who still lives in Bloomington, inherited his stake of the company. She still sits on its board of trustees.

One of the Cooks' pet projects includes spending $500 million to restore the luxury French Lick Resort and West Baden Springs Hotel in Indiana.

From 1996 to 2007, the couple worked to add a casino and an elite golf course that will host the 2015 PGA Senior Championship.

The Cooks also donated a reported $10 million to Northwestern University, where the couple endowed the Bill and Gayle Cook Professorship in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology.

Print this article Back to Top

Must See Video