With a net worth of $219 billion, Tesla CEO Elon Musk represented Texas at the tip-top of Forbes’ World’s Billionaires List, which measures the wealth of all 2,668 billionaires across the globe. Together, the world's billionaires hold a total of $4.7 trillion, $299 billion of which resides in Austin.
Joining Musk are eight other Austin-area entrepreneurs, with Bumble founder Whitney Wolfe Herd dropping off the list in the new year, and dozens from across the state.
Forbes determined net worth using stock prices and exchange rates from March 11, 2022, but also provides real-time rankings.
No. 1 (+1) Elon Musk, $219 billion
Always neck and neck with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who is currently worth $171 billion, the half-time Austin resident has multiplied his wealth more than 10-fold in the last four years. Between growing compies Tesla, which relocated its headquarters to Austin, and SpaceX, which is in South Texas, Musk also recently joined the board at Twitter after buying 9.2% of the company. This is the first time Musk has taken the top slot on Forbes' list.
No. 24 (+6) Michael Dell, $55.1 billion
A lifelong Texas resident and University of Texas alumnus, CEO and chairman of Dell Technologies Michael Dell’s fortune has more than doubled since 2020, when he was worth just $22.9 billion. In 2017, Dell donated $1 billion of his fortune to the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to help child poverty.
No. 369 (+82) Robert F. Smith, $6.7 billion
Founder of Vista Equity Partners, one of the best-performing firms of its kind, Robert F. Smith is the wealthiest Black man in America. Smith is also the first Black man to sign the Giving Pledge, promising to give away the majority of his wealth, which has more than doubled since 2016. Smith reached a $140 million settlement with the U.S. Justice Department in 2020 involving undeclared offshore accounts.
No. 637 (-15) Bert "Tito" Beveridge, $4.5 billion
Founder of the booming vodka brand, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Bert “Tito” Beveridge started the company with $90,000 spread across 19 credit cards in 1997. In 2022, Beveridge’s net worth is down slightly by $100 million.
No. 709 (+247) Thai Lee, $4.1 billion
The only female billionaire in Austin, CEO of $11.1 billion IT provider SHI International Thai Lee is soaring upwards in the global billionaire rankings. Since 2017, Lee’s wealth has increased two-and-a-half fold. Born in Thailand, raised in South Korea and starting her company in the U.S. in 1989, Lee also ranked sixth on Forbes’ Self Made Women list last year.
No. 1,012 (-4) Joseph Liemandt, $3 billion
Founder of the investment firm ESW Capital, Joseph Liemandts's wealth hasn’t budged above $3 billion in four years. A young prodigy, Liemandt first made the cover of Forbes magazine at 27 years old in 1996.
No. 1,096 (+78) John Paul DeJoria, $2.8 billion
The Patron Spirits Co. founder and John Paul Mitchell Systems hair care mogul John Paul DeJoria is catching back up after falling more than 500 spaces on the list last year. His fortune has been on a roller coaster since 2013 but he’s never failed to make the list.
No. 1,445 (-196) Jim Breyer, $2.1 billion
One of Facebook, now Meta’s, first venture investors, Breyer has some high-up connections, like his U.S. Senate minority leader brother-in-law Mitch McConnell. Breyer has invested in more than 40 companies like Etsy, Marvel and Legendary Entertainment, but credits his involvement with Facebook as his best business decision.
No. 1,729 (+21) David Booth, $1.7 billion
Making up a marginal amount of his 400-space fall from last year, Dimensional Fund Advisors cofounder David Booth told Forbes he began a decades-long experiment in applying academic theory to real-world investing in 1981.
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Arch Manning, the latest prospect in the Manning football family and No. 1 recruit in the class of 2023, has committed to the University of Texas.
Manning is the nephew of Eli and Peyton Manning and the son of Cooper Manning, a former wide receiver for Ole Miss. The Manning football legacy began with Archie Manning, Arch Manning's grandfather and namesake who played for the New Orleans Saints throughout the 1970s.
Committed to the University of Texas. #HookEmpic.twitter.com/jHYbjBaF5K
— Arch Manning (@ArchManning) June 23, 2022
Manning joins head Texas football coach Steve Sarkisian's program after a disappointing 5-7 first season. Manning, who has been the starting quarterback at New Orlean's Newman High School since he was a freshman, was the No. 1 recruit in the 2023 class, according to 247sports.
Manning had plenty of SEC suitors, including Georgia, Alabama and LSU, but committed to Texas after a recent visit to Austin.
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The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force has found the Jeep belonging to Kaitlin Armstrong, the accused murderer of professional cyclist Moriah “Mo” Wilson.
Armstrong is suspected to have killed Wilson—who was visiting Austin for a race in Hico, Texas last month—in a crime of passion after Wilson met up with her short-term ex-boyfriend Colin Strickland.
The Task Force said the black Jeep Cherokee was sold to a South Austin CarMax dealership on May 13, one day after being questioned by the Austin Police Department, for $12,200.
Armstrong was spotted at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport the next day, en route to LaGuardia Airport, but officials said they lost her trail after she was dropped off at Newark Liberty International Airport on May 18.
Investigators were unable to find any flight reservations under the name “Kaitlin Armstrong” and believe she may be using her sister’s name, Christine.
The case has been designated as a U.S. Marshals Service major case, which brings in more resources to the investigation; officials consider Armstrong dangerous. According to an anonymous tipster, Armstrong became “furious,” when she found out about Wilson and Strickland’s meeting and wanted to “kill” her.
Authorities believe the longer Armstrong is evading arrest, the more dangerous she may become, so anyone who sees her is encouraged to call 911 instead of approaching her. A $6,000 reward, along with an additional $15,000 from an anonymous donor, has been issued for information leading to her capture.