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Wealthiest Persons
Los Angeles County, 2021

The Doheny Mansion, once home to one of Los Angeles' wealthiest families. Now part of the campus of Mount St. Mary's University. Los Angeles Almanac Photo.


According to the Forbes 400 list of America's wealthiest persons, California is home to 89 persons/families who, in 2021, each had a personal net worth of at least $2.9 billion. Of these, 26 are residents of Los Angeles County, the highest concentration in any of the state's counties. The combined 2021 wealth of these Los Angeles County billionaires was $159 billion, about 16 percent of the combined wealth of all California billionaires in Forbes' list.

In our list below, the Almanac included an additional five Los Angeles County billionaires who did not make the 2021 Fortune 400 net worth cutoff.


Two of Los Angeles County's wealthiest residents have died since 2020. Eli Broad died in April 2021 at age 87. His net worth in 2020 was valued at $6.9 billion and came mostly from his partnership in the home-building firm Kaufman and Broad and investment in insurance company SunAmerica, was one of the county's wealthiest persons and a prolific philanthropist. He and his wife Edythe, for example, financed the building for The Broad, Downtown L.A.'s newest contemporary art museums. Sumner Redstone died in August 2020 at age 97. His net worth was valued at $2.1 billion and came originally from his father's theater chain, National Amusements, followed by investments in the television and motion picture companies Viacom, CBS, and Paramount.



Ranked by Net Worth. Net worth figures are for October 4, 2021.

Name Net Worth
($ Billion)
Age Residence Source of Wealth National Rank California Rank
Bobby Murphy $15.2 33 Venice (Los Angeles) Snapchat 51* 10*
Evan Spiegel $13.8 31 Los Angeles Snapchat 55 13
David Geffen $10.5 78 Beverly Hills Motion Pictures, Music 71* 18
Patrick Soon-Shiong $8.9 69 Los Angeles Pharmaceuticals 89 23
Marijke Mars $8.0 57 Los Angeles Mars Inc. Heir 108* 27*
Name Net Worth
($ Billion)
Age Residence Source of Wealth National Rank California Rank
Stewart & Lynda Resnick $8.0 N/A Beverly Hills Agriculture, Water 108* 27*
Jeff Skoll $6.8 56 Los Angeles eBay 138* 31
John Tu $6.7 80 Rolling Hills Computer Hardware 141* 32*
Meg Whitman $6.4 65 Los Angeles eBay 151* 34
Anthony Ressler $6.2 59 Los Angeles Finance 161* 35
Name Net Worth
($ Billion)
Age Residence Source of Wealth National Rank California Rank
Edward Roski, Jr. $6.1 82 Los Angeles Real Estate 168* 36
Tom Gores $5.9 57 Beverly Hills Private Equity 176* 39*
Eric Smidt $5.6 61 Beverly Hills Harbor Freight Tools 195* 43
Don Hankey $5.5 78 Malibu Auto Loans 200* 44
Rick Caruso $4.3 62 Brentwood (Los Angeles) Real Estate 261* 51
Name Net Worth
($ Billion)
Age Residence Source of Wealth National Rank California Rank
Lynsi Snyder $4.2 39 Glendora In-N-Out Burger 269* 52
Peter Thiel $4.1 53 Los Angeles Facebook, Palantir 273* 53*
Steven Udvar-Hazy $4.1 75 Beverly Hills Aircraft Leasing 273* 54
Jean (Gigi) Pritzker $3.9 59 Los Angeles Hotel Heir, Investments 289* 55*
Donald Sterling $3.9 87 Beverly Hills Real Estate 289* 55*
Name Net Worth
($ Billion)
Age Residence Source of Wealth National Rank California Rank
Michael Milken $3.8 75 Los Angeles Investments 300* 56
Anthony Pritzker $3.7 60 Los Angeles Hotels, Investments 310* 57*
Steven Spielberg $3.7 74 Pacific Palisades (Los Angeles) Motion Picures 310* 57
Behdad Eghbali $3.4 45 Los Angeles Private Equity 340* 58*
Jose E. Feliciano $3.4 48 Marina del Rey Private Equity 340* 58*
Name Net Worth
($ Billion)
Age Residence Source of Wealth National Rank California Rank
Haim Saban $3.1 76 Beverly Hills TV Network, Investments 368* 59
Travis Kalanick $2.8 44 Los Angeles Uber ---** 60*
Sean Parker $2.8 41 Los Angeles Facebook ---** 60*
Alec Gores $2.7 68 Beverly Hills Private Equity ---** 61*
Jeffrey Gundlach $2.2 62 Los Angeles Investments ---** 61*
Bruce Karsh $2.2 65 Los Angeles Private Equity ---** 62

† Almanac ranking for California. Mostly follows the 2021 Fortune 400 ranking, however, some at the end of this list fell below the Forbes 400 net worth cutoff at $2.9 billion.
* Tied in Ranking
** Dropped from the Fortune 400. The 2021 list includes only those with a net worth at $2.9 billion and above.

Source: Forbes Magazine