Cook CEO tops list of richest Hoosiers

Cook Group Inc. CEO Carl Cook is the richest person in Indiana with a net worth of $6 billion, according to calculations released Monday by Forbes magazine.

Cook, 52, is among four Hoosiers on the magazine’s annual list of the 400 richest people in America. He ranks 83rd overall.

Cook received most of his fortune from his parents, Bill Cook and Gayle Cook, who spent several years transferring the family’s wealth to their son. Bill Cook, who founded the Bloomington-based life sciences company, died in 2011.

Next on the list is Indiana Pacers owner Herbert Simon, 79, who ranked No. 272 with net worth of $2.3 billion. Simon was cofounder of Melvin Simon & Associates, the precursor to Simon Property Group, the world’s largest shopping mall company.

Hotel and billboard magnate Dean White, 91, of Crown Point was ranked No. 334 with net worth of $1.96 billion. White is the sixth oldest person on the list.

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, 55, rounded out the Indiana contingent at 368th, with $1.7 billion in net worth.
 

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