Need to borrow some money? These are the people to ask. Actually, scratch that. These wealthy Oklahomans also are likely to have bodyguards that will escort you from the premises when you begin begging. Nevertheless, if you have ever wondered who the richest people in the state of Oklahoma are, look no further than this list, updated each year with information from Forbes.com.
As of 2017, the state of Oklahoma has five billionaires with a net worth that places them in the top 630 of the wealthiest people in the world. Below are details on each, as well as the worldwide rank.
Worldwide Rank: 87
Net Worth: $13.3 Billion
Source of Wealth: Oil & Gas
An Oklahoma City resident, Harold Hamm founded Continental Resources, an oil and gas exploration and production company, in 1967. He grew up in a one bedroom Oklahoma home with twelve siblings, all older. Continental Resources went public in 2007 and Hamm's fortune skyrocketed. Recently, due to low oil prices, he has slid down the worldwide list a bit but returns to the top spot in the state for 2017.
Worldwide Rank: 170
Net Worth: $7.9 Billion
Source of Wealth: Oil & Gas/Banking
George Kaiser's net worth puts him just outside the top 150 in the world and the top 60 in the United States. The Tulsa resident attended Harvard and controls energy company Kaiser-Francis Oil. In addition, Kaiser is the Chairman and largest shareholder of Bank of Oklahoma Financial, and he owns a stake in the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Worldwide Rank: 234
Net Worth: $6.2 Billion
Source of Wealth: Hobby Lobby
Though his net worth is lower than the top two on the list, David Green may be one of the most well-known Oklahoma billionaires. He is also the only one on the list not involved in the energy sector. The founder of craft store Hobby Lobby is a devout Christian and a significant contributor to Baptist ministries. Green, who resides in Oklahoma City, started Hobby Lobby in 1970, and the chain now has 600 stores all across the United States and employs over 20,000.
Tom & Judy Love
Worldwide Rank: 303
Net Worth: $5.2 Billion
Source of Wealth: Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores
The name is quite familiar to Oklahomans; we know it well from the gas station, travel shops and convenience stores on just about every major road across the state. But owners Tom and Judy Love made their first appearance on the Forbes list in 2012. They have risen steadily as the company continues to grow. In fact, last year, Love's added nearly 50 new stores, and there are now more than 420 locations in 40 states. Company headquarters are in The Village in north Oklahoma City.
Worldwide Rank: 630
Net Worth: $3.1 Billion
Source of Wealth: Oil & Gas/Investments
Lynn Schusterman is the widow of oilman Charles Schusterman, who founded Samson Resources, the largest privately held energy producer in America. Daughter Stacy now runs the company while Lynn Schusterman, who lives part time in Tulsa, has devoted herself to philanthropy, particularly Jewish causes.