12. Colorado: Charles Ergen
The CEO and co-founder of the Dish Network, Charles Ergen has a net worth of approximately $16.7 billion. He is considered as one of the strongest dealmakers in the satellite and cable television business. In early 2015, Charles ‘Charlie’ Ergen took back the job of CEO at Dish Networks, which was almost four years after he went back to the chairman’s seat. Also, during the same time, his company spent over $10 billion on a wireless spectrum, which it snatched at a government auction, in turn giving rise to speculations that Charles Ergen could take his firms into the wireless sector.