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Five Oklahomans show up on Forbes global billionaires list

by Paul Monies Published: March 3, 2014

Five Oklahomans, most with ties to the energy industry, have made Forbes magazine’s annual list of global billionaires.

  • No. 68: Harold Hamm, founder of Continental Resources Inc., $14.6 billion
  • No. 122: George Kaiser, chairman of BOK Financial Corp., $10 billion
  • No. 281: David Green, CEO of Hobby Lobby craft stores, $5 billion
  • No. 328: Lynn Schusterman, widow of Samson Resources founder Charles Schusterman, $4.5 billion
  • No. 430: Tom and Judy Love, Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores, $3.6 billion

The magazine said the wealthiest 1,645 people on the planet have an aggregate net worth of $6.4 trillion. If you combined all those people into one country, they’d have a greater net worth than the annual gross domestic product of Japan, the world’s third-largest economy.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates returned to the top spot, with an estimated fortune of $76 billion. He was followed by Mexican businessman Carlos Slim Helu, with a net worth of $72 billion. Forbes said a record number of women, 172, made the magazine’s 28th annual list of billionaires. Walmart heir Christy Walton, with an estimated fortune of $36.7 billion, is the world’s richest woman.

The tech boom and a strong stock market in 2013 pushed the number of U.S. billionaires to 492, Forbes said. China had 152 billionaires, while Russia had 111. Forbes said about two-thirds of the billionaires on the list built their own fortunes. Another 13 percent inherited them, while 21 percent added on to fortunes they received. You can find out more how the magazine compiled its list here.

Many of the billionaires have pledged to give the majority of their fortunes to charity under the Giving Pledge, including several of the Oklahomans.

by Paul Monies
Energy Reporter
Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and...
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