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August 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.

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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.”

3.

Businessman Arte Moreno
$3 billion

How he made it: Billboards and baseball.

4.

U-Haul CEO Joe Shoen
$2.7 billion

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

5.

GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons
$2.5 billion

How he made it: Web domains and tax software.

6.

Campbell’s soup Scion Bennett Dorrance
$2.3 billion

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

7.

Investor Stewart Horejsi
$1.9 billion

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

8.

University of Phoenix chairman Peter Sperling
$1.4 billion

How he made it: Federally-backed student loans.

9.

Swift Transportation CEO Jerry Moyes
$1.2 billion

How he made it: Movin’ dem trucks.

10.

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
$20,242

Mayor of Phoenix

Kate Gallego
$87,999

Mayor of Tempe

Mark Mitchell
$59,473

Mayor of Peoria

Cathy Carlat
$32,904

Mayor of Mesa

John C Giles
$73,545

Mayor of Gilbert

Jenn Daniels
$43,361

Phoenix City Manager

Ed Zuercher
$334,000

Governor

Doug Ducey
$95,000

U.s. senator

Kyrsten Sinema
$174,000

Suns Backup Point Guard

Jawun Evans
$1,378,242

Phoenix Mercury 5-time Scoring Champion

Diana Taurasi
$117,500

Arizona Coyotes Goalie

Antti Raanta
$5,000,000

Phoenix Rising Goalie

Zac Lubin
$2,000

reserve D-backs outfielder

Yasmany Tomás
$15,500,000

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
$700,000

Freeport-McMoRan CEO

Richard Adkerson
$1,600,000 Salary
$13,781,040 Total Comp

University of Arizona Psychiatrist

$154,480

State of Arizona Psychiatrist

$94,860

Mayo Clinic Psychiatrist

$229,489

Phoenix Park Ranger

$51,156

Environmental Program Coordinator: Pima CC

$51,643

Food and Beverage Coordinator: Mesa Department of Arts and Culture

$52,645

True Food Kitchen Executive Chef

$72,078

Head Football Coach ASU

Herm Edwards
$2,250,000

Head Football Coach U of A

Kevin Sumlin
$2,480,000

Head Football Coach NAU

Chris Ball
$185,000

President of ASU

Michael Crow
$600,000

President of NAU

Rita Hartung Cheng
$390,000

President of U of A

Robert Robbins
$800,000

Chancellor Maricopa Community Colleges

Maria Harper-Marinick
$413,000

Maricopa Community Colleges Presidents

$170,850-$221,482

Teacher, Cave Creek Unified School District

$46,825

Teacher, Tolleson Elementary School District

$51,705

Department of Juvenile Corrections Janitor

$28,195

Avondale Public Works Sanitation Inspector

$86,534

Phoenix Library Assistant

$51,813

ASU Librarian

$56,080

Maricopa CC Librarian

$100,573

Chief Engineer for Valley Metro

$102,510

Schools for the Deaf and Blind Bus Driver

*$15,000

State of Arizona Bus Driver

*$30,000

Phoenix Animal Control Officer

*$50,572

Phoenix Zoo Park Ranger

$28,000

Veterinary Physician

*$88,355

Pest Control Technician

$49,109

City of Phoenix Video Station Manager

$105,414

City of Gilbert Radio Technician

$68,494

Decision Theater Director ASU

$154,500

Radio DJ

*$30,124

TV news anchor

*$81,000

KJZZ reporter

Christina Estes
$55,685

Arizona Highways Editor

Robert Stieve
$114,000

Phoenix Fire Chief

Kara Kalkbrenner
$194,049

Phoenix firefighter

$47,200

Arizona Hotshot Firefighter

$37,875

Phoenix Paramedic

*$42,161

Registered Nurse

*$67,180

Phoenix Police Officer

$51,480

Police Sergeant

$103,917

Phoenix Police Chief

Jeri Williams
$198,000

Phoenix Director of Street Transportation

Kini Knudson
$169,998

ASU Facilities Painter Supervisor

$70,679

Bartender at Talking Stick Resort Arena

$20,000

Trader Joe’s Mate (Manager)

$34.00 HOUR

Real estate agent (Full Time)

$60,000-$1,000,000+
”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

$80,000

City of Phoenix Gardener

$31,574

Florist

*$32,988

Trash Collector

*$25,202

Public Programs Manager at Phoenix Art Museum

$47,000

Arizona Grand Resort Guest Service Agent

$22,000-$35,000

Hair Stylist

$22,000-$96,000
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.”

Aesthetician

*$29,724

Massage therapist at mynd spa & salon

$18,500

Banner neurosurgeon

$437,000

Banner urgent care physician

$180,000

Psychic

$35,000-$100,000

Marilyn Monroe impersonator

$30,000-$80,000
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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