Not Just Gates: 8 Billionaires In Washington State - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Not Just Gates: 8 Billionaires In Washington State

SEATTLE (AP) - Eight of the richest people in the world live in Washington state. Forbes magazine includes eight billionaires from Washington on its annual list released this week.

KOMO-TV reports the richest people from the Evergreen State include Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft co-founder Paul
Allen, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and a few people with less name recognition.

Also on the list are James Jannard, who founded sports equipment and sunglass maker Oakley, Craig McCaw who made his money at McCaw cellular, and Gabe Newell, who founded video game company Valve with another Microsoft alum.

Forbes also notes that Gates is the most generous person on the planet, having given away $28 billion.

      
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