The Land of Ten Thousand Lakes has more wealthy people than you would probably guess. According to the Kiplinger website, there are 167,206 millionaire Minnesota households, which ranks 17th in the U.S.

You may have heard of the richest person in the state, Glen Taylor, self-made businessman and owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves since 1994. According to sources, Taylor is valued at approximately 2.4 billion, but Minnesota's richest woman isn't far behind, and most people have never even heard of her.

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Who is Minnesota's Richest Woman?

Visually recently revealed its list of the richest woman in each state and at the top of the list is Astrid Menks, wife of Warren Buffet, who is worth a staggering 66.1 billion dollars.

While Minnesota's richest woman isn't worth that much, she still has a pretty hefty bank account. Barbara Carlson Gage is worth around $1.5 billion but most people know very little about her.

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Princess Madeleine of Sweden (L) talks with Barbara Carlson Gage (R) during a conference, "Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children - 10 years in the field", organized by the World Childhood Foundation with the United Nations Office for Partnerships at UN headquarters in New York. Queen Silva, is the founder of the Foundation. October 21, 2009 (Photo: STAN HONDA/AFP via Getty Images)

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So, who is Barbara Carlson Gage and how did she get her money? Here's what The Richest has to say:

Barbara Carlson Gage is an American businesswoman and she has an estimated net worth of $1.5 billion. Together with her sister Marilyn Carlson Nelson, she inherited a huge fortune from their father who passed away in 1999. The siblings received the ownership of Carlson Inc., the company founded by their father, which started as a gold bond trading stamp business in 1930 but now stands as a successful corporation that encompasses real estate, travel agencies, and dining.

-The Richest Website

And for the record, Sir Paul McCartney is worth a measly $1.2 billion.

Story Sources: MDJ Online Website, Kiplinger Website, Forbes Website, Visually Website, The Richest Website

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