Apr 9, 2024 - Business

Louisiana's 2 richest people, as ranked by Forbes

Photo shows headshots of Gayle Benson and Todd Graves smiling at the camera.

Gayle Benson owns the New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. Todd Graves founded Raising Cane's. Photo: Wesley Hitt/Getty Images on left, Roy Rochlin/Getty Images on right

Forbes' annual billionaires list features two Louisianans this year: Gayle Benson and Todd Graves.

Why it matters: Benson was on last year's list, but it's the first time for Graves.

The big picture: Graves, 52, founded Raising Cane's in Baton Rouge and is one of the new American billionaires, Forbes says.

  • He was on Bloomberg's Billionaire Index last year, though.
  • Taylor Swift and Earvin "Magic" Johnson also are new American billionaires on Forbes' list.

Zoom in: Graves, 52, has an estimated worth of $9.1 billion, Forbes said, making him the richest person in Louisiana.

  • Benson, 77, owns the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans and has an estimated worth of $6.1 billion, according to Forbes.

Catch up quick: Benson took over the sports empire from her husband Tom Benson following his 2018 death, writes Axios' Emma Hurt.

  • Tom Benson owned the Saints since 1985 and the Pelicans since 2012. The two married in 2004.
  • A native of New Orleans, Benson grew up in Old Algiers. She previously worked in jewelry sales, real estate development and for 30 years in interior design, according to her official bio.

How it works: Forbes said it used stock prices and exchange rates from March 8 to calculate net worths.

Go deeper: Todd Graves of Raising Cane's is a bourbon and fried shrimp guy.

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