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MOUNT PLEASANT, WI — The Bloomberg Billionaire Index tracks the world’s 500 richest people on an almost continuous basis, with the figures getting updated after the close of every trading day at the New York Stock Exchange.

Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, maintains his spot as the richest person in the world. Overall, 176 of the 500 richest individuals are American, and United States citizens also make up seven of the top 10 richest people globally.

In Wisconsin, four people are among the 500 richest people in the world.

Here are the billionaires from our state that are on the elite list:

John Menard, Jr.

  • Total Net Worth: $16.6B
  • Industry: Retail
  • Age: 79

Menards’s wealth could buy: 313 million barrels of crude oil.

Menard is the founder and majority shareholder of Menard Inc., the Eau Claire, Wisconsin-based company that owns the Menard home improvement chain.

Helen Johnson-Leipold

  • Total Net Worth: $4.95B
  • Industry: Consumer
  • Age: 63

Johnson-Leipold’s wealth could buy: 87,544 times the median U.S. household income

Johnson-Leipold is the chairman and chief executive of Johnson Outdoors, a maker of camping and fishing equipment.

Fisk Johnson

  • Total Net Worth: $4.95B
  • Industry: Consumer
  • Age: 61

Johnson is the chairman and chief executive of SC Johnson & Son, a maker of household cleaning products. The Racine, Washington-based company has 13,000 employees in more than 70 countries.

Johnson’s wealth could buy: 404 percent of the total wealth of the 500 richest people in the world.

Curt Johnson

  • Total Net Worth: $4.95B
  • Industry: Consumer
  • Age: 64

Johnson is a shareholder of SC Johnson & Son, a maker of household cleaning products.

Johnson’s wealth could buy: 1.23 percent of the top 100 U.S. college endowments

The top 10 richest Americans in the world are:

  • Jeff Bezos: $111 billion
  • Bill Gates: $108 billion
  • Warren Buffet: $84.0 billion
  • Mark Zuckerberg: $72.8 billion
  • Larry Page: $62.3 billion
  • Charles Koch: $61.3 billion
  • Sergey Brin: $60.5 billion
  • Larry Ellison: $59.7 billion
  • Rob Walton: $54.1 billion
  • Jim Walton: $53.9 billion

See the full list and read more via Bloomberg.


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