We've talked before about how the wealthiest people in Montana often aren't obviously wealthy. But this year's list of the richest people in America from Forbes includes Montanans who have been wealthy for a long time, and you probably know who they are. But you may not know their net worth this year, or how Forbes ranked them for philanthropy.

Photo by Brynn Pedrick on Unsplash
Photo by Brynn Pedrick on Unsplash

3 Montanans Among '400 Richest People in America'

While candidates for 'Richest People' had to have at least "$2.9 billion to make The Forbes 400," the three Montanans on the list all had more than the minimum, but they weren't ranked in the top 100, or the top 200 for two of them.

  • #145 Dennis Washington - Net Worth $7B (as of October 2023)
  • #224 Austen Cargill, II - Net Worth $5B (as of October 2023)
  • #224 Marianne Liebmann - Net Worth $5B (as of October 2023)
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Washington family honored on-field in 2017; Montana Athletics Photo

Dennis Washington

Recently, Dennis Washington and members of his family were given the 2023 Grizzly Lifetime Honors Award from the University of Montana, a very high honor. The award represents Washington's philanthropy and investment in the Missoula community. Among The Forbes 400, Washington received a 3 out of 5 philanthropy ranking, with 5 being the highest ranking.

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Austen Cargill II, Marianne Liebmann

The Cargill family has a long history as a major food supplier and so much more. The private company has been in business for over 155 years and serves people all over the world. Austen Cargill II and Marianne Liebmann are heirs of the Cargill family who both reside in Montana. Forbes ranked them as having a 1 philanthropy score and noted, "The Cargill-MacMillan family collects an estimated 18% of net profits as dividends every year."

You can read more about how the philanthropy score was calculated here and you can view the full list and further details about each individual here.

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