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5 Richest and Poorest States

Maryland is top, Mississippi is bottom

(Newser) - The median income in Maryland is a far cry from the median income in Mississippi, according to 24/7 Wall St . Its new ranking (based on this new 2015 Census Bureau data ) shows the richest and poorest states in the country, based on median household income in 2015. The top... More »

10 Wealthiest US Counties

Enjoy the spoils, Virginia

(Newser) - It pays to reside in the DC area if you're a) into the political scene or b) looking for bragging rights to living in one of the wealthiest counties in the nation. The Code Black Group checked out median household incomes across the country and found Virginia and Maryland... More »

5 US Areas With the Largest Upper Class

Midland, Texas, is top

(Newser) - If you'd rather your beater car not stand out in a sea of sports cars, stay clear of Midland, Texas. The metro area has the highest share of upper-class residents in the country, according to a Pew Research report, which found the share of upper-income adults increased in 75%... More »

The 10 Richest Self-Made Women in America

The top spot goes to ... a roofer

(Newser) - As USA Today puts it, "the richest self-made woman in America is a roofer." Diane Hendricks, who owns America's largest wholesale roofing and siding distributor, tops Forbes ' second annual list of the country's richest self-made women—meaning they earned rather than inherited their cash. The... More »

Here's How Much It Takes to Be 'Wealthy' in Bay Area

Hint: It's a lot

(Newser) - Residents of the Bay Area in California think it takes more than twice as much money to be considered wealthy there than in the rest of the country, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. A survey of 1,000 residents by Charles Schwab found you need to be worth more than... More »

10 Best US Cities to Build Your Wealth

Surprise: Detroit outranks New York City

(Newser) - Want to get rich quick? Good luck with that. Buf if you're looking to live in a city that at least makes it easier to build up your savings, Bankrate has crunched some numbers. Taking into account factors such as the job market, the housing market, access to financial... More »

Only 5 People Are Richer Than Zuckerberg Now

His fortune surpassed the Koch brothers' on Thursday

(Newser) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg returned from paternity leave this week, NBC News reports. As a welcome-back gift, he officially became the world's sixth-richest person on Thursday. According to Bloomberg , his net worth increased by $6 billion on the stock market Thursday, lifting him past the Koch brothers. The 31-year-old... More »

Answer to a Whole Nation's Poverty? Its Richest Person

Top billionaire could end poverty in 3 countries, make inroads in others

(Newser) - As the world's richest and most powerful people leave the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, there was growing discussion about the impact the world's wealthiest could have, single-handedly, on the poverty rates of entire nations. One analyst at the Brookings Institution crunched some numbers and found that,... More »

Walmart Heir Is Way Less Rich Than Anyone Knew

But still not, you know, poor poor

(Newser) - It turns out the woman once thought to be America's richest female isn't all that rich after all. But don't feel too bad for her; she still has more money than most of us will ever see. It was long assumed Christy Walton was worth approximately $32... More »

This Is the Best City to Live In If You Want to Get Rich

Houston? Really?

(Newser) - Want to get rich? Consider moving to ... Houston. Yes, the Texas city tops a new Bankrate.com study of the best US cities in which to accumulate wealth, according to US News & World Report . Bankrate looked at 18 of the biggest metropolitan areas in the country—and even a... More »

Meet the 158 Families Funding the 2016 Election

They've given $176 million to candidates from both parties so far

(Newser) - "Not since before Watergate have so few people and businesses provided so much early money in a campaign, most of it through channels legalized by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision five years ago," the New York Times states. In an impressive investigative report, the Times looks... More »

Here Are the 5 Richest Millennials

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is the one who has the most to smile about

(Newser) - Members of Generation "Y Do We Always Get a Bad Rap?" (aka millennials) take great umbrage at being labeled unmotivated slackers, and Wealth-X's list of the 20 richest people under the age of 35 may help put that stereotype to rest. MarketWatch points out some of them share... More »

Only 1 Living Person Cracks List of History's 10 Richest

It's the guy behind Microsoft

(Newser) - It's relatively easy to rank the richest people in the world at any one time, but what about comparing them through history? Or as MONEY puts it, "Who had more money, John D. Rockefeller or Genghis Khan?" Rockefeller, as it turns out, according to Time's assessment of... More »

96% of Millionaires: Us, Rich? Nope

In their eyes, they're your average middle-class Joe Schmoes

(Newser) - Wealth denial: It's real and it's rampant, according to a new CNBC poll. Conducted in March, the network's third Millionaire Survey of 750 Americans with a net worth of at least $1 million shows 84% believe they belong to the middle or upper middle class, though they... More »

The Richest US Cities —and the Salaries They Require

San Francisco tops the rich list

(Newser) - To live comfortably in America's richest city, you'll need $124,561 a year. That's according to a CheatSheet analysis, which defines the wealthiest cities as those with the highest percentage of people making more than $150,000 per year, the Washington Post reports. The analysis also reveals... More »

Here's What Millionaires Have in Common

Step one: You might want to quit working for 'The Man'

(Newser) - Hoping to become a millionaire? Well, if you have these four traits, you may have a better shot than most. The authors of two books on millionaires surveyed 700 of 'em to find out what they all have in common, Time reports:
  • Most are self-employed: If you're making
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Hoffman Left His Kids Out of Will

Longtime girlfriend trusted to keep them from being 'trust fund' kids

(Newser) - Philip Seymour Hoffman left behind a $35 million estate, but not a penny to his three children. The late actor apparently worried that Cooper, 10, Tallulah, 7, and Willa, 5, would be "trust fund" kids, the New York Post reports. Hoffman also stipulated in his will—written before his... More »

1% Even Richer Than Thought

Richest Americans control up to 37% of wealth

(Newser) - Just how rich are the super-rich? Apparently a lot of them are too rich to bother responding to surveys asking them how rich they are, and economist Philip Vermeulen believes that has led to their wealth being underestimated. In a new analysis, the senior European Central Bank economist estimates that... More »

These Might Be the World's 10 Richest Actors

According to Singapore-based website Wealth-X

(FOX News Magazine) - According to data from Singapore-based website Wealth-X, Jerry Seinfeld is the world's richest actor with a fortune of around $820 million dollars. Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan comes in second with $600 million, and Tom Cruise, at $480 million, rounds out the top three. It's not entirely clear... More »

21% of US Is Rich—at Some Point in Their Lives

Rich being defined as making $250K or more

(Newser) - It turns out 21% of working-age adults are rich for at least a year by the time they turn 60. That proportion has more than doubled since 1979, and it's an income group the AP calls America's fastest-growing, based on take-home pay. Made up largely of older professionals,... More »

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