August 22, 2019
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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.


1. (tie)

DriveTime owner Ernest Garcia II
$3.2 billion

How he made it: Used cars. Lots of used cars.

1. (tie)

U-Haul VP Mark Shoen
$3.2 billion

How he made it: Turning your move into an “adventure.”


Businessman Arte Moreno
$3 billion

How he made it: Billboards and baseball.


U-Haul CEO Joe Shoen
$2.7 billion

How he made it: See Mark Shoen. (Joe owns fewer shares.)


GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons
$2.5 billion

How he made it: Web domains and tax software.


Campbell’s soup Scion Bennett Dorrance
$2.3 billion

How he made it: Soup is good food. Profitable, too.


Investor Stewart Horejsi
$1.9 billion

How he made it: Gave Warren Buffett a few thou in 1980.


University of Phoenix chairman Peter Sperling
$1.4 billion

How he made it: Federally-backed student loans.


Swift Transportation CEO Jerry Moyes
$1.2 billion

How he made it: Movin’ dem trucks.


Arizona Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill
$1 billion

How he made it: NFL gravy train.

Notable Nine-Figure-Naires
Diane Halle

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?

John Kapoor

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.

Jerry Colangelo

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

Attention, homebuyers

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.

Photo courtesy Zillow.com
Photo courtesy Zillow.com
Paradise Valley

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.

Photo courtesy Zillow.com
Photo courtesy Zillow.com
Pinnacle Peak, Scottsdale

HVI: $786,000
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.

Photo courtesy Zillow.com
Photo courtesy Zillow.com
Balboa Way, Chandler

HVI: $601,000
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.

Photo courtesy Zillow.com
Photo courtesy Zillow.com
North Scottsdale

HVI: $527,000
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.

Photo courtesy Zillow.com
Photo courtesy Zillow.com
Ocotillo, Chandler

HVI: $400,000
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

Kate Gallego

Mayor of Tempe

Mark Mitchell

Mayor of Peoria

Cathy Carlat

Mayor of Mesa

John C Giles

Mayor of Gilbert

Jenn Daniels

Phoenix City Manager

Ed Zuercher


Doug Ducey

U.s. senator

Kyrsten Sinema

Suns Backup Point Guard

Jawun Evans

Phoenix Mercury 5-time Scoring Champion

Diana Taurasi

Arizona Coyotes Goalie

Antti Raanta

Phoenix Rising Goalie

Zac Lubin

reserve D-backs outfielder

Yasmany Tomás

GoDaddy CEO

Scott Wagner
$750,000 Salary
$22,520,839 Total Comp
* Stepped down in August due to poor revenue report.

PetSmart CEO

J.K. Symancyk

Freeport-McMoRan CEO

Richard Adkerson
$1,600,000 Salary
$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

Herm Edwards

Head Football Coach U of A

Kevin Sumlin

Head Football Coach NAU

Chris Ball

President of ASU

Michael Crow

President of NAU

Rita Hartung Cheng

President of U of A

Robert Robbins

Chancellor Maricopa Community Colleges

Maria Harper-Marinick

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


ASU Librarian


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


Veterinary Physician


Pest Control Technician


City of Phoenix Video Station Manager


City of Gilbert Radio Technician


Decision Theater Director ASU


Radio DJ


TV news anchor


KJZZ reporter

Christina Estes

Arizona Highways Editor

Robert Stieve

Phoenix Fire Chief

Kara Kalkbrenner

Phoenix firefighter


Arizona Hotshot Firefighter


Phoenix Paramedic


Registered Nurse


Phoenix Police Officer


Police Sergeant


Phoenix Police Chief

Jeri Williams

Phoenix Director of Street Transportation

Kini Knudson

ASU Facilities Painter Supervisor


Bartender at Talking Stick Resort Arena


Trader Joe’s Mate (Manager)

$34.00 HOUR

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




Trash Collector


Public Programs Manager at Phoenix Art Museum


Arizona Grand Resort Guest Service Agent


Hair Stylist

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 neurosurgeon


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

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