05/16/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Chicago's Richest People: Top 10 Wealthiest Chicago Billionaires

Every year, Forbes magazine compiles a list of the world's billionaires, based on publicly traded holdings, private assets, jets, yachts, real estate, art and more things most people probably don't have. The 2010 list was released last week, and 18 of its billionaires hail from the Chicago area.

We bring you the top ten richest Chicagoans, who made their fortunes in everything from media and real estate to toys and candy. As a frame of reference: you know that massive statewide budget crisis people are always talking about (or trying to)? The assets of the top four people on this list, pooled together, could pay the entire state's $13 billion deficit. (Time for a progressive income tax, anyone?)

Enough of politics: here they are, the ten wealthiest people in Chicago. Vote for your favorite (and least favorite.)