For the first time in the list's nearly 30 year history, all 400 people listed on the Forbes 400 list are billionaires making a cumulative sum about equaling Canada's GDP, with six living in Colorado.
Philip Anschutz came in on the top of Colorado's billionaire list with a net worth of $7 billion, tied with Steve Jobs and two others. For purposes of perspective, Anschutz, Charles Ergen of EchoStar, and cable tycoon John Malone each ranked higher than realtor and television personality Donald Trump, No. 128. Though, Forbes writes on Trump's 400 profile:
Yes, Trump remains adamant that Forbes is underestimating his brand value.
The above three men also ranked higher than directors Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. Colorado's lowest ranking billionaire on the list is a woman and she still tied with Starbucks founder Howard Schultz.
See who else made the Forbes 400 cut below.
Anschutz, 71, climbed the stairway to financial heaven through oil, railroad, telecommunications and the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG). On this year's Forbes 400 list, Anschutz tied with Texan banker Andrew Beal, Steve Jobs, and generic drug producer Patrick Soon-Shiong. AEG operates famous arenas worldwide such as the Staples Center, London's O2, the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, the new Ulker Arena in Turkey, and at least 20 more. AEG also owns 6 convention centers, 26 theaters and clubs, 5 stadiums and 2 entertainment districts. The company also controls the NBA Lakers, NHL Kings, while the music division has contract with Justin Beiber, Taylor Swift and the Black Eyed Peas. Anschutz Corp. also recently purchased the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, becoming the resort's third owner in its 93-year-long history. His net worth is listed at $7 billion. Photo by AP.
Ergen, 58, recently gave up his CEO title at Dish Network to go into the movie business but is still CEO at EchoStar Communications. According to Forbes, Ergen used to be a professional poker player, but got his start as a financial analyst at Frito-Lay and today his net worth is listed at $6.4 billion. Ergen tied for No. 46 with Richard Kinder of the pipeline company Kinder Morgan Inc. Getty Images.
Malone, of Elizabeth, Colo., made it to No. 69 on the Forbes 400 list through the cable industry. With a net worth of $4.5 billion through Liberty Media, Liberty Global, and Discovery Communications, Malone was once even called the "Darth Vader" of the cable industry by former Vice President Al Gore. According to Forbes, Malone also owns the most land by an individual in the U.S. with almost 2.2 million acres. Malone tied for No. 69 with Rupert Johnson of Franklin Resources, Inc. and John Menard of Menards, the third largest home improvement retailer in the nation. Photo by AP.
Leprino supplies mozzarella and ricotta cheese for pizzeria chains everywhere, including Dominos, Papa Johns, Hot Pockets and Pizza Hut. The company was first started by his father Mike Sr., who immigrated to the U.S. from Italy in 1914.According to an article published last year by the Denver Post, Leprino Foods is the top producer of mozzarella cheese in the world. Leprino, 73, now operates 10 plants in the U.S. and 2 in the UK. His net worth is listed at $2.7 billion. Leprino tied the No. 139 spot with 10 other people, including television goddess Oprah Winfrey. Photo from Flickr:lisatozzi.
Magness's father Bob Magness founded cable group TCI and merged it with AT&T in a $54 billion deal, passing down hundreds of millions in stock to his son after he passed away in 1996. The Magness Arena at Denver University was named for Bob, who donated $10 million to help build it. Gary left Texas for Colorado with his parents, dropped out of Western State College of Colorado and pursued life as a cattle rancher. His company, Magness Land & Cattle, uses embryo transfer technology to cultivate purebred cattle, and he co-started the movie production company Smokewood Entertainment with wife Sarah whose credits include six-time Oscar nominee Precious. Maguss tied for No. 312 with 16 others, including Richard Marriott of Marriott Hotels. Photo by AP.
Stryker, 55, is one of the heirs to Stryker Corp., started by her grandfather, Homer Stryker in 1941. Homer invented the mobile hospital bed, and the corporation today produces hospital beds, joint replacements, medical software, and other medical technologies. She dropped out of the University of Northern Colorado, but received an honorary degree at Colorado State University last May. Pat founded the Bohemian Foundation in Colorado, a grant program that donates to the arts (specifically music) and community. She also owns a winery in Alexander Valley, Calif. producing Bordeaux and Zinfandel varieties. She has also donated heavily to the Democratic party over the past five years, giving over $87,000 to the Presidential Inaugural Committee for President-elect Barack Obama. Stryker tied with 23 for her spot in No. 331, including Starbucks founder Howard Schultz. Her net worth is listed by Forbes at $1.3 billion. Photo courtesy of Colorado State University.