Richest of the Rich

These Dallas-Fort Worth billionaires are among the richest on the planet

These Dallas-Fort Worth billionaires rank among the world's richest

Alice Walton of Wal-Mart
Alice Walton is the richest North Texan and the 16th richest on the planet, according to Forbes. Photo courtesy of Wal-Mart

Who's the richest of them all? Forbes has released its 2016 list of the world's billionaires, featuring 1,810 individuals who have a combined net worth of $6.48 trillion. Among the 540 American billionaires are 22 very wealthy North Texans. 

Leading the pack is Fort Worth's Alice Walton, Walmart heiress. The 66-year-old, the richest in Texas, has an estimated net worth of $32.3 billion, down from $39.4 billion last year. She takes the No. 16 spot overall.

The next North Texan on the list is Andy Beal, 63, at No. 115. The banker's net worth, at $9.4 billion, is down from $11.7 billion in 2014. Dallas oilman Ray Hunt, 73, lands at No. 248. His net worth is down slightly from last year, to $5.4 billion from $5.6 billion.

Not everyone's net worth took a tumble. Dallas oil and gas mogul and noted philanthropist Trevor Rees-Jones, the 258th richest man on the planet and fourth richest North Texan, is worth an estimated $5.2 billion. The 64-year-old is up from $4.3 billion in 2014.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, 73, is now worth an estimated $5 billion, compared to last year's $4.2 billion, which puts him at No. 270 overall. Mavericks owner and Shark Tank star Mark Cuban's on the list too, at No. 527. The 57-year-old is worth an estimated $3.2 billion, up from $3 billion.

Here are the remaining North Texans on Forbes' list of the world's richest for 2016:

  • Robert Rowling (Dallas), No. 286, $4.9 billion
  • Ross Perot (Dallas), No. 403, $3.8 billion
  • Robert Bass (Fort Worth), No. 612, $2.8 billion
  • David Bonderman (Fort Worth), No. 688, $2.5 billion
  • Gerald Ford (Dallas), No. 906, $2 billion
  • Edward Bass (Fort Worth), No. 1011, $1.8 billion
  • Lee Bass (Fort Worth), No. 1011, $1.8 billion
  • Sid Bass (Fort Worth), No. 1011, $1.8 billion
  • Ray Davis (Dallas), No. 1067, $1.7 billion
  • W. Herbert Hunt (Dallas), No. 1067, $1.7 billion
  • Kelcy Warren (Dallas), No. 1067, $1.7 billion
  • Ross Perot Jr. (Dallas), No. 1198, $1.5 billion
  • Todd Wagner (Dallas), No. 1198, $1.5 billion
  • Darwin Deason (Dallas), No. 1275, $1.4 billion
  • Tim Headington (Dallas), No. 1275, $1.4 billion
  • Kenny Troutt (Dallas), No. 1367, $1.3 billion

A total of 48 Texans land on the Forbes list. Notable names include Michael Dell ($19.8 billion), best boss ever Jeffrey Hildebrand ($4.2 billion), and Jean Paul DeJoria ($2.8 billion).

The richest people on the planet are Bill Gates of Microsoft fame ($75 billion), Zara's Amancia Ortega ($67 billion), Warren Buffet ($60.8 billion), Mexico's Carlos Slim Helu ($50 billion), and Amazon's Jeff Bezos ($45.2 billion).

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