Meet the Billionaire Who Just Dethroned Donald Trump as America's Richest Politician
President Trump is no longer America’s richest politician. Billionaire Democrat Jay Robert ‘J.B.’ Pritzker just spent a record $171.5 million of his own money to become the next governor of Illinois – and America’s wealthiest plutocrat.
The venture capitalist and Hyatt Hotel heir won 54% of the vote, defeating Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner – himself a private equity billionaire – by a 15-point margin. Rauner gambled nearly $60 million of his own fortune on the Illinois governor race; in total, the two billionaires personally spent almost $230 million.