By Jessica Dunham & Craig Outhier
10 Richest Arizonans by Net Worth
Who among us hasn’t craned to look at a friend’s bank statement, or rubbernecked in a nice neighborhood? Satisfy your pangs by peeking into this dossier of Valley wealth and income.
DriveTime owner Ernest Garcia II
How he made it: Used cars. Lots of used cars.
U-Haul VP Mark Shoen
How he made it: Turning your move into an “adventure.”
Businessman Arte Moreno
How he made it: Billboards and baseball.
U-Haul CEO Joe Shoen
How he made it: See Mark Shoen. (Joe owns fewer shares.)
GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons
How he made it: Web domains and tax software.
Campbell’s soup Scion Bennett Dorrance
How he made it: Soup is good food. Profitable, too.
Investor Stewart Horejsi
How he made it: Gave Warren Buffett a few thou in 1980.
University of Phoenix chairman Peter Sperling
How he made it: Federally-backed student loans.
Swift Transportation CEO Jerry Moyes
How he made it: Movin’ dem trucks.
Arizona Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill
How he made it: NFL gravy train.
She’s the widow of late Discount Tire founder Bruce Halle, who was worth around $6 billion when he passed in 2018. Didn’t appear on Forbes’ billionaire list in 2019, but she’s gotta be close, no?
Pharma titan and notorious fentanyl pusher’s former $3.3 billion net worth is currently around $875 million, following his conviction on a variety of racketeering charges.
The former Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks chieftain is worth around $300 million, according to multiple sources.
Source: Forbes, Celebrity Net Worth
The 5 Priciest Homes in the 5 Ritziest Neighborhoods
We did the legwork for you. Based on the average estimated Home Value Index (HVI) on Zillow, these are the area’s most valuable real estate markets, including the priciest home for sale in each.
* All data current at time of writing.
HVI: $1.8 million
Priciest home for sale: 7046 N. 59th Pl.
Any auto enthusiasts in the house? This little fixer-upper is listed for $19.9 million and boasts 20,000 square feet with six bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and a 20-car garage.
Pinnacle Peak, Scottsdale
Priciest home for sale: 9661 E. Cintarosa Pass
A modern designer home listed for $9.9 million, this house clings to the mountainside showing off its sharp corners, right angles and windows of glass.
Balboa Way, Chandler
Priciest home for sale: 4330 S. Rosemary Pl.
This Tuscan-style villa goes for $935,000 and features a resort-style approach to backyard living: an infinity pool overlooking a lake, a swim-up bar and a commercial-grade outdoor kitchen.
Priciest home for sale: 10355 E. Robs Camp Rd.
For $8.75 million, you get two master suites, McDowell Mountain sunrises and golf course views. And not just any ol’ golf course – the home backs up to Silverleaf, the fabled mega-millions community in the McDowell foothills.
Priciest home for sale: 1470 W. Island Cir.
Nestled against the lush greens of a golf course on an island (yes, an island), this $1.3 million château showcases a French country aesthetic, complete with wine cellar and romantic balconies.
Who Makes What?
The mayor of Gilbert vs. the mayor of Chandler. ASU coach vs. Cardinals coach. Dog groomer vs. dog catcher. Compare and contrast these salaries and more with this probing glimpse into Valley income.
Vice Mayor of Surprise
Roland F. Winters
Mayor of Phoenix
Mayor of Tempe
Mayor of Peoria
Mayor of Mesa
John C Giles
Mayor of Gilbert
Phoenix City Manager
Suns Backup Point Guard
Phoenix Mercury 5-time Scoring Champion
Arizona Coyotes Goalie
Phoenix Rising Goalie
reserve D-backs outfielder
$22,520,839 Total Comp
* Stepped down in August due to poor revenue report.
$13,781,040 Total Comp
University of Arizona Psychiatrist
State of Arizona Psychiatrist
Mayo Clinic Psychiatrist
Phoenix Park Ranger
Environmental Program Coordinator: Pima CC
Food and Beverage Coordinator: Mesa Department of Arts and Culture
True Food Kitchen Executive Chef
Head Football Coach ASU
Head Football Coach U of A
Head Football Coach NAU
President of ASU
President of NAU
Rita Hartung Cheng
President of U of A
Chancellor Maricopa Community Colleges
Maricopa Community Colleges Presidents
Teacher, Cave Creek Unified School District
Teacher, Tolleson Elementary School District
Department of Juvenile Corrections Janitor
Avondale Public Works Sanitation Inspector
Phoenix Library Assistant
Maricopa CC Librarian
Chief Engineer for Valley Metro
Schools for the Deaf and Blind Bus Driver
State of Arizona Bus Driver
Phoenix Animal Control Officer
Phoenix Zoo Park Ranger
Pest Control Technician
City of Phoenix Video Station Manager
City of Gilbert Radio Technician
Decision Theater Director ASU
TV news anchor
Arizona Highways Editor
Phoenix Fire Chief
Arizona Hotshot Firefighter
Phoenix Police Officer
Phoenix Police Chief
Phoenix Director of Street Transportation
ASU Facilities Painter Supervisor
Bartender at Talking Stick Resort Arena
Trader Joe’s Mate (Manager)
Real estate agent (Full Time)
”It’s like they say: 10 percent of the people make 90 percent of the money,” says an anonymous Valley agent, who estimates that a “shi**y” year for a full-time agent working with starter homes would yield a $60K salary, while elite agents routinely eclipse $1 million. “But those people are spending $1 million on advertising, too.”
Purchasing agent Fulton Homes
City of Phoenix Gardener
Public Programs Manager at Phoenix Art Museum
Arizona Grand Resort Guest Service Agent
On one end of the spectrum: for-hire cutters who work hourly or on salary. On the other: independent contractors who rent their chairs and keep the receipts. Given a devoted clientele and a regular 40-hour work week, they “can do really well,” one Valley stylist who begged anonymity says. “Like, maybe as much as a poor doctor.”
Massage therapist at mynd spa & salon
Banner urgent care physician
Marilyn Monroe impersonator
Booked through happyentertainment.com, top Valley impersonators make $150 for a 12- to 15-minute singing telegram, or upward of $1K for all day appearances.
* Represents average salary, per glassdoor.com
Sources: Arizona Auditor General, ESPN, City of Phoenix, Glassdoor, Arizona Republic