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Forbes Magazine Reveals Illinois' Richest Person – NBC Chicago

Forbes Magazine has released its annual list of the richest people in each state, and the defending champion from Illinois tops the rankings for the second year in a row.

According to Forbes, Chicago's Lukas Walton is still the state's richest person for the second year in a row, increasing his net worth to $28 billion.

Walton is the grandson of Walmart founder Sam Walton. His father John Walton died in a plane crash in 2005, and Lukas inherited a third of his fortune, according to Forbes.

Over the past year, Walton's net worth has increased 32%, from $21.2 billion to $28 billion.

His uncle, Jim Walton, is the richest person in Arkansas with an estimated fortune of $78.4 billion.

Lukas Walton is involved as an investor in various environmental initiatives, primarily through the Walton family charity. According to Forbes, he donated $150 million to the Walton Family Foundation.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is the richest person in Florida with a net worth of $194 billion. Tesla founder Elon Musk is the richest person in Texas with a fortune of $195 billion, while Bill Gates is now once again the richest person in Washington with a fortune of $128 billion.

Citadel founder Ken Griffin, who held the title of Illinois' richest person until moving to Florida in 2023, trails Bezos in the Sunshine State's rankings after the Amazon founder moved there in recent years.

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