The 2021 Forbes list of the 400 wealthiest Americans has at least four members with deep involvement with Thoroughbred horse racing.  A record net worth of $2.9 million is required to make the list.

John Malone, age 80, is the 98th richest American, with a net worth of $8.4 billion. He is the largest land owner in the United States (2.2 million acres), and has racehorse farms in Florida and Ireland—Bridlewood in Ocala and Ballylinch Stud in County Kilkenny.  Malone’s main source of wealth comes from cable television.  His primary residence is in Elizabeth, Colorado.  Malone holds an earned doctorate in Operations Research from Johns Hopkins University.

Tamara Gustavson, age 59, is 108th on the Forbes 400, with a net worth of $8 billion.  She is the daughter of B. Wayne Hughes, who died in August 2021.  He pioneered the concept of self storage.  Gustavson lives in Lexington, Kentucky, where she and her husband Eric Gustavson own Spendthrift Farm.  She earned bachelor and masters degrees from the University of Southern California.

Gayle Benson, age 74, is number 300 on the Forbes list, with a net worth of $3.8 billion.  She is the widow of Tom Benson and owns the NFL’s New Orleans Saints and the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans franchises.  She races under the name of GMB racing.

Vincent Viola, age 65, is 318th on the Forbes 400, with a net worth of $3.6 billion.  His source of wealth is electronic trading.  He lives in New York, New York. Viola owns St. Elias Stable and was a partner in 2017 Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming.  Viola is a graduate of the United States Military Academy.

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