Eight Wisconsinites make Forbes World Billionaires list

Eight Wisconsin residents have made the latest Forbes magazine World Billionaires list.

Click here to see the entire list of 2,755 billionaires on the Forbes World Billionaires list.

The Wisconsin billionaires on the list include (ranking in parenthesis):

  • (145) John Menard Jr., founder of Eau Claire-based Menards, $14.2 billion net worth
  • (232) Herbert Kohler Jr. and family, executive chairman of Kohler-based Kohler Company, $9.8 billion
  • (308) Diane Hendricks, owner of Beloit-based Hendricks Holding Company and Beloit-based ABC Supply Co., $8 billion
  • (451) Judy Faulkner, founder and CEO of Verona-based Epic Systems, $6 billion
  • (831) James Cargill Jr., Cargill Inc., $3.6 billion
  • (831) S. Curtis Johnson, S.C. Johnson & Sons, $3.6 billion
  • (831) Helen Johnson-Leipold, chairwoman and CEO of Racine-based Johnson Outdoors, $3.6 billion
  • (859) H. Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of Racine-based S.C. Johnson & Sons, $3.5 billion

The list of Wisconsin billionaires has changed little for several years, but some of them have grown their net worth more significantly than others. Compared to the Forbes 400 list of wealthiest Americans in 2016, three Wisconsin billionaires have grown their net worth the most over the last five years: Faulkner, up 150% from a net worth of $2.4 billion in 2016; Hendricks, up 111% from a net worth of $3.8 billion in 2016; and Menard, up 51% from a net worth of $9.4 billion in 2016.

Forbes has a feature story about Faulkner, posted today on its website, which describes her as the second-richest self-made woman in America.

Also noteworthy, the three principal co-owners of the Milwaukee Bucks also made the 2021 Forbes World Billionaires list:

  • (1664) Jamie Dinan, $1.9 billion
  • (1750) Marc Lasry, $1.8 billion
  • (2378) Wes Edens, $1.2 billion

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Andrew is the editor of BizTimes Milwaukee. He joined BizTimes in 2003, serving as managing editor and real estate reporter for 11 years. A University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate, he is a lifelong resident of the state. He lives in Muskego with his wife, Seng, their son, Zach, and their dog, Hokey. He is an avid sports fan and is a member of the Muskego Athletic Association board of directors.

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