Apr 12, 2023 - News

These are the richest people in Virginia

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Jacqueline Mars, the granddaughter of the Mars Inc. candy founder, is once again the richest person in Virginia, according to Forbes' annual ranking of the world's wealthiest.

Driving the news: Forbes unveiled the World’s Billionaires List last week.

Why it matters: They're rich. And you're not.

Zoom in: The richest people in Virginia are involved in private equity, technology and candy. Billions of dollars' worth of candy.

Details: Jacqueline Mars has topped Virginia's list for more than a decade thanks to a family fortune built on Snickers, Twix and the Milky Way.

  • She's the 31st-wealthiest person on the planet — and the world's fourth-richest woman.
  • The 83-year-old lives in The Plains, about an hour west of D.C., and has an estimated worth of $38.3 billion.

Pamela Mars, Jacqueline's niece, is worth $9.6 billion and the second-wealthiest person in Virginia.

  • The Alexandria resident is the family's ambassador to the Mars pet food food division, which includes Pedigree and Whiskas.

Other Virginia billionaires include:

  • Daniel D'Aniello, co-founder of the private equity firm Carlyle Group and Vienna resident, $3.5 billion.
  • William Conway Jr., co-founder of Carlyle Group and McLean resident, $3 billion.
  • Steve Case, co-founder of the investment firm Revolution and AOL before that. He lives in McLean and is worth $1.4 billion.
  • George Pedersen, co-founder of defense contractor ManTech International and McLean resident, $1.3 billion.

Our thought bubble: Nearly all of these billionaires live in Northern Virginia, but we're sure they're house-hunting in Richmond right now.


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