Who's the Richest Person in Your State? Chances Are, It's an Entrepreneur.

More than two-thirds of the individuals who rank as the wealthiest people in their state made their own fortunes, according to a new report.

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By Catherine Clifford

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Keeping up with the Joneses much? If you are wondering who the richest person in your state is, start with the entrepreneurs.

Of the 50 people in the U.S. who rank as the wealthiest individuals in their state, 35 are entrepreneurs, according to a report released today by Wealth-X, a Singapore-based firm that compiles research on the ultra wealthy. In other words, more than two-thirds of some of the country's richest people made their own fortunes.

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Here's a snapshot of the tech entrepreneurs dominating the list: Bill Gates takes Washington, Larry Ellison tops the list in California, Mike Bloomberg has New York, Michael Dell reigns in Texas and James Goodnight takes North Carolina.

The state-by-state ranking is based on the location of the person's business and his or her net worth.

Have a look at the full list to get a sense of who dominates in each state:

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Who's the Richest Person in Your State? Chances Are, It's an Entrepreneur.

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Catherine Clifford

Senior Entrepreneurship Writer at CNBC

Catherine Clifford is senior entrepreneurship writer at CNBC. She was formerly a senior writer at Entrepreneur.com, the small business reporter at CNNMoney and an assistant in the New York bureau for CNN. Clifford attended Columbia University where she earned a bachelor's degree. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. You can follow her on Twitter at @CatClifford.

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