7 Coloradans make 2021 Forbes 400 list of the richest Americans

Seven Coloradans made Forbes’ annual list of the 400 richest Americans, one of them for the first time in more than a decade.

The magazine released the 2021 version of its Forbes 400 list earlier this month. The top spot went to Jeff Bezos, with an estimated $201 billion net worth. The No. 400 slot went to Arkansas investment banker Warren Stephens, worth $2.9 billion.

Here are the seven Coloradans who made the list:

Charles Ergen (No. 56, $13 billion): The 68-year-old Ergen, of Denver, is the cofounder of satellite TV provider Dish Network and satellite communications firm EchoStar. His net worth increased from $9.3 billion on the 2020 list.

Philip Anschutz (No. 66, $10.6 billion): The 81-year-old Anschutz, of Denver, has holdings in oil, real estate and media, including the Denver Gazette and Washington Examiner. The 2020 list put his wealth at $10.1 billion.

John Malone (No. 98, $8.4 billion): Malone, 80, was the CEO of TCI, which was acquired by AT&T in the late 1990s. He is now chairman of Liberty Media, whose holdings include the Atlanta Braves. He was worth $6.5 billion in 2020.

Mark Stevens (No. 224, $4.8 billion): Stevens, 61 and of Steamboat Springs, was a partner at Silicon Valley venture capital firm Sequoia Capital. He was worth $3.1 billion in 2020.

Kenneth Tuchman (No. 310, $3.7 billion): Tuchman, of Denver, is the founder and CEO of TTEC, which operates call centers. The 61-year-old hadn’t been included among the Forbes 400 since the late 2000s.

Pat Stryker (No. 340, $3.4 billion): The 65-year-old Stryker, of Fort Collins, is the granddaughter of the founder of medical equipment manufacturer Stryker Corp. The 2020 list put her wealth at $2.5 billion.

James Leprino (No. 358, $3.3 billion): Leprino, of Indian Hills, is the CEO of Leprino Foods, which produces cheese for pizza chains like Pizza Hut and is based in the Highland neighborhood. The 83-year-old’s wealth increased 10 percent from the 2020 list.

While the above are the only individuals on the list that Forbes said reside in Colorado, others are connected to the state.

Nuggets and Avalanche owner Stan Kroenke, for example, is No. 70 on the list at $10.7 billion, but his residence is listed as Electra, Texas. And Denver native Robert F. Smith makes the list with $6.7 billion, but he is also listed as living in Texas.

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