A List Most Chicagoans Only Dream to Adorn

March 11, 2012

A Chicago real estate mogul is Illinois’ richest resident.

Forbes magazine has released its latest list of the world’s billionaires. That list includes 1,226 people, a record, for a combined income of $4.6 trillion, also a record. Eighteen of those billionaires call the Chicago area home.

Equity Residential’s Sam Zell’s net worth of $4.9 billion makes him the richest man in Illinois, just as he was on the last Forbes list back in August. He slipped in the overall rankings, however, and falls now at No. 216 worldwide.

Ken Griffin of Citadel hedge funds saw his estimated income increase 23 percent to $3 billion, putting him at No. 2 in Illinois and No. 377 worldwide.

Groupon’s co-founder Eric Lefkofsky’s net worth surged a whopping 93 percent to $2.9 billion, making him the third richest billionaire in Illinois and No. 401 worldwide.

Oprah Winfrey hit the No. 4 spot in Illinois at $2.7 billion and is No. 442 overall, and J.B. Pritzker and his estimated worth of $2.6 billion came in at No. 5 locally and No. 464 worldwide.

Three billionaires from the Chicago area are listed in the real estate category. Ty Warner and his net worth of $2.4 billion lands him at No. 6 for richest resident in Illinois, No. 2 for richest resident in Illinois in real estate, behind Zell, of course, and No. 521 for richest billionaire in the world.

Warner, who is most known for his creation of the once-popular Beanie Babies, now gets a majority of his wealth from his Ty Warner Hotels and Resorts in New York and California.

Neil Bluhm, at $2 billion, is Illinois’ other real estate millionaire. He is the 11th richest Chicagoan and No. 634 worldwide.

The three richest people in the world are ranked the same as last year:

*Carlos Slim, Mexican telecom magnate, worth $69 billion

*Bill Gates, Microsoft, $61 billion

*Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway, $44 billion

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