Written by Tanya Mannes / SignOnSanDiego / Originally published Sept 24, 2011
You might see them placing bets at the Del Mar Racetrack, taking in a Broadway show at the La Jolla Playhouse or landing a yacht at the Kona Kai Marina.
They are the richest of the rich, and they live here, too. At least 20 people on Forbes’ annual list of the 400 wealthiest Americans have ties to San Diego County, according to U-T reporting and a review of newspaper archives and property records.
That includes Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, whose $59 billion net worth ranks him ahead of all the other billionaires who make up this year’s list. He’s a member of the exclusive Del Mar Country Club, owned by the wife of another person who made the list: T. Boone Pickens.
Some of those listed on what Forbes calls “the ultimate scorecard” are self-made entrepreneurs, while others are heirs to fortune.
The list includes the owners of San Diego institutions such as Qualcomm, the San Diego Chargers and The San Diego Union-Tribune. There are members of the Hyatt Hotels and Walmart families here, too.
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