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Alice Walton is top Texan on Forbes’ list of richest Americans

Alice Walton, heiress to the Wal-Mart Stores Inc fortune, is listed as the richest Texan at $32 billion and No. 12 overall on the Forbes 400 Richest Americans.
Alice Walton, heiress to the Wal-Mart Stores Inc fortune, is listed as the richest Texan at $32 billion and No. 12 overall on the Forbes 400 Richest Americans. AP

Alice Walton, the Wal-Mart heiress and Fort Worth resident, is the richest Texan on Forbes’ annual list of the 400 wealthiest Americans.

Ranked 12th overall in the U.S., Walton has an estimated net worth of $32 billion, according to Forbes, which released its list Tuesday.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates retained the top spot for the 22nd straight year at $78 billion, although his net worth dropped $5 billion from last year. His friend Warren Buffett, the investment guru and leader of Berkshire Hathaway, was second, at $62 billion, down $5 billion from last year, too.

The magazine said the combined wealth of its 2015 list is $2.34 trillion, the highest ever and an increase from last year’s total of $2.29 trillion.

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Richest Texans

Besides Alice Walton, the top 10 richest Texans include:

  • Michael Dell, $19.1 billion (computers, Austin)
  • Andrew Beal, $11 billion (banking and real estate, Dallas)
  • Charles Butt, $10.7 billion (H-E-B supermarkets, San Antonio)
  • Richard Kinder, $8.9 billion (pipelines, Houston)
  • Jeffery Hildebrand, $6.3 billion (oil, Houston)
  • Robert Rowling, $6.1 billion (investments, Omni Hotels, Dallas)
  • Ray Hunt, $5.7 billion (oil, Dallas)
  • Kelcy Warren, $5.5 billion (pipelines, Dallas)
  • Trevor Rees-Jones, $5.3 billion (oil and gas, Dallas)

Other North Texans on the Forbes list:

  • Jerry Jones, $5 billion (Dallas Cowboys owner, Dallas)
  • H. Ross Perot, $4 billion (computer services, real estate, Dallas)
  • Robert Bass, $3 billion (oil, investments, Fort Worth)
  • Mark Cuban, $3 billion (online media, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas)
  • Ray Davis, $2.6 billion (pipelines, Texas Rangers, Dallas)
  • David Bonderman, $2.6 billion (private equity, Fort Worth)
  • Ed Bass, Sid Bass and Lee Bass, $2 billion each (investments, Fort Worth)
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