Louisiana is the real “melting pot” of cultures. With one of the most diverse populations in the United States, it is home to French, African and Modern American cultures. Originally occupied by Native Americans, the state was first colonized by the Spanish and then the French. It was named by French explorer Rene’ Cavelier, who named it after King Louis XIV. Louisiana is also home to some of America’s wealthiest individuals. In this article, we are going to look at some of the richest people in Louisiana.
10. Bryan Christopher Williams Net Worth – $125 Million
At number 10, we have Bryan Christopher Williams, popularly known as Birdman. Williams has had quite the story ever since he founded Cash Money Records, a venture that catapulted him to the top ten richest rappers. It also allowed him to purchase several real estate properties and luxurious vehicles. He took a hit of more than $15 million of his total net worth after Hurricane Katrina devastated some of his property, including several Ferraris and a Maybach. His current net worth is estimated to be standing at $125 million.
9. Todd Graves Net Worth – $150 Million
At 9th place is award-winning entrepreneur and restaurant owner, Todd Graves. Todd was born in 1972 and is the co-founder of Rising Kane along with his longtime buddy Craig Silvey. Rising Kane is a restaurant which sells fast foods and specializes in chicken fingers. The first eatery was started in 1996 in Baton Rouge. Rising Kane has over 500 outlets and raked in about $1.5 billion of revenue in 2020. Todd Graves’ estimated net worth is about $150 million.
8. Lil Wayne Net Worth – $150 Million
The story of Lil Wayne began after Bryan Christopher Wiliams (Birdman) saw him rapping at a party in New Orleans. He signed him up to his record label, Cash Money Records, and the rest was history. Lil Wayne ended up being one of the greatest rappers of his generation. The New Orleans born rapper has sold over 120 million records worldwide and has earned much more through his lucrative book deal and several endorsements.
7. Peyton Manning Net Worth – $250 Million
For many seasons, Peyton Manning was named the NFL player of the season more times than anyone else. A few years ago, you could also see him in two of every three commercials that were running. Throughout his career that spanned 18 seasons, he is considered being the one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game. Over that time, he made close to $250 million dollars. He is currently being courted by ESPN for the Monday Night football program, where he could add a significant amount to his already incredible net worth.
6. Ellen DeGeneres Net Worth – $370 Million
Even after announcing that she was cancelling her popular talk show, you can bet that Ellen DeGeneres won’t be worrying a lot about it affecting her finances. According to reliable sources, she has been raking in $50 million every year, most which comes from her syndicated “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” She has also done stand up comedy and has various real estate properties across the U.S. Her current net worth stands at an estimated $370 million.
5. Tyler Perry Net Worth – $1 Billion
At 5th position is a self-made African American tycoon Tyler Perry who hails from New Orleans, Louisiana. Although he did not complete high school, Tyler has had a successful career in film, which began after he wrote and produced a play titled “I Know I’ve Been Changed.” He is currently the CEO of Tyler Perry Studios. He also has stakes in video-on-demand service BET+ and other partnerships, including the Oprah Winfrey Network.
4. Avram Glazer Net Worth – $1 Billion
If you are a soccer fan, then you probably know about the Glazer family. Avram Glazer is a member of the Glazer family who are the majority shareholders at English football clubs Manchester United and NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While his brothers have more control at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Avram seems to be in charge of things at Old Trafford, where the team has won 18 major trophies during his tenure at the club. However, Avram Glazer was recently under fire from irate Manchester United fans who were demanding an apology from him over the failed European Super League plot. His net worth stands at $1 billion.
3. Gayle Benson – $3.4 Billion
Owning a sports franchise is something that most American billionaires would not pass. Gayle Benson is perhaps the most famous person on the list. She is the wife of the late Tom Benson who had invested heavily in sports, car dealerships, and banking. She is currently the principal owner of New Orleans Saints, which plays in the NFL and New Orleans Pelicans, which plays in the NBA. She previously worked at Gayle Interiors, a company she had formed with her then husband, Thomas Bird. The 74-year-old who is also popularly known as the “New Orleans First Lady of Sports” has an estimated net worth $3.4 billion.
2. Bill Goldring – $3.9 Billion
Back in 2012, Bill Goldring was awarded with the Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award by The New Orleans Wine and Food Experience for his significant philanthropic activities in New Orleans. The New Orleans native is the chairperson of Sazerac Company, which is the second largest spirits company in the US. The company was started by his grandfather, Newman Goldring, in 1898 and has an annual revenue of $1 billion. Bill Goldring’s net worth is currently estimated to be about $3.9 billion.
1. Matt Stuller – $7 Billion
During his junior high school days at Our Lady of Fatima High School, Matt Stuller had begun part-time work for a local jeweler. After a year, he got a breakthrough in jewelry repair and sales and at 19, he had begun his first wholesale line and had built business connections around Louisiana. Stuller saw gaps in the jewelry supply and distribution chains which prompted him to develop a program that would do next day deliveries of quality merchandise to people around Louisiana. He is currently the Founder and Chairman of Stuller Settings which is an industry leader in jewelry manufacturing and distribution in the US. His current estimated net worth stands at around $7 billion.