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The 10 Richest People in Aspen

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Leslie Wexner

When Leslie Wexner bought the 102-acre lot on Red Mountain adjacent to his existing 60-acre lots with a 25,000-square-foot home for 15 million dollars, it was mentioned in the New York Times Business section. Since 1963, Wexner has founded and ruled atop the throne of a suburban-mall friendly retail empire, Limited Brands. Stores include Victoria's Secret, Express, Limited Too, the upscale Henri Bendel, Bath and Body Works, and C.O. Bigelow. Wexner is a major art collector, once paying 45 million dollars for a Picasso painting. The painting was donated to the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University.

In addition to the Red Mountain Estate, the Aspen Times, and Aspen Daily News recently reported Wexner also owns two large ranches near Carbondale at the base of Mount Sopris and a 513-acre tract known as the Sutey Ranch. Wexner recently proposed a land swap with a large tract of land to consolidate and link his property holdings.

Forbes 2009 Estimated Wealth: 1.7 Billion
Ranking on the Forbes 2008 World’s Billionaire List: #430


Sid and Ed Bass

After inheriting an oil fortune, the Texas-based Bass brothers have expanded oil operations around the globe and wisely invested in oil prospecting enterprises. According to the Aspen Daily News, Sid owns a home on Red Mountain and is a Platinum Premier Sponsor of the Aspen Music Festival and School. His brother, Ed, owns a home east of Aspen along the Roaring Fork River.

Forbes 2009 Estimated Wealth: $2 Billion
Ranking on the Forbes 2008 World’s Billionaire List: #334


Leonard Lauder

The 76-year old son of cosmetics industry pioneer Estee Lauder owns a house practically adjacent to the Aspen Meadows and Aspen Institute. The family’s 70% stake in the popular cosmetics company is estimated to be worth six billion dollars. According to the Aspen Daily News, he serves on the Aspen Institute’s Board of Trustees and Executive committee.

Forbes 2009 Estimated Wealth: $2 Billion
Ranking on the Forbes 2008 World’s Billionaire List: #334


Lester Crown and Family

Compared to Lester Crown and family, even the most successful Aspen-based business owner or real estate agent is a mere serf. The Chicago-based Crown family is the closest thing to genuine royalty in Aspen. As the owners and operators of Aspen Ski Company, the Crown family has numerous high profile properties around town, including condos at the exclusive Maroon Creek Club. Locally, the Crowns call the shots on ski operations on Aspen's four mountains as well as own the Snowmass Club, the Little Nell Hotel, and the brand-new Snowmass Base Village.

Yet Aspen Skiing Company is merely a small fraction of the family’s highly diversified fortune. The group owns a massive defense contracting company called General Dynamics, as well as huge stakes in Maytag, Alltel, JPMorgan Chase, Hilton Hotels, New York City’s Rockefeller Center, basketball's Chicago Bulls, and a 10% share in baseball's legendary franchise, the New York Yankees.

Forbes 2009 Estimated Wealth: $3.1 Billion
Ranking on the Forbes 2008 World’s Billionaire List: #196