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10 of the Richest People in San Francisco and Here’s How they Did It

Ok, so, we won’t even start the whole conversation about how expensive this city is, or the fact that California has more billionaires than every country other than the U.S. and China, and that San Francisco and Silicon Valley are home to a majority of them. Many of these billionaires reside in ritzy places like Woodside, Palo Alto, and Atherton, but a good number of them also like to have a house or two in San Francisco (why not?!). And yes, the city even has a “Billionaires Row” (on Broadway, near the Lyon Street stairs). So, here they are: some of the richest people in San Francisco and how they’ve made their dough.

And this isn’t even all of the billionaires taking up space in San Francisco: You can also add the founder and chairman of Dolby Laboratories Dagmar Dolby, venture capitalist and heir to the Getty Oil Gordon Getty, and the heir and chairman of the largest construction and civil engineering company in the U.S. (Bechtel Corporation) Bechtel, among others. So, let us know: what do you think about the richest people in San Francisco? Are they improving our great city or just expanding the ever greater gap between the rich and the rest of us?

Stephanie Garr
Stephanie is a freelance writer and editor based in San Francisco, California. When she's not tapping at a keyboard, she can be found leading groups on gourmet chocolate walking tours (best job ever) or running the many lovely hills and stairs of the city (to burn off all that chocolate, of course). She also runs a travel blog with her husband at Big & Small Travel (bigandsmalltravel.com).