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11 from Michigan make Forbes' 2018 World's Billionaires list

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News
Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert has a net worth of $6.5 billion.

Eleven from the Mitten have made Forbes' annual list of the richest people on the planet. 

The list included 2,208 billionaires from 72 countries and in total, the elite group is worth $9.1 trillion, up 18 percent since last year.

Amazon's chief Jeff Bezos topped the list with $112 billion moving ahead of Bill Gates, who is now no. 2 with $90 billion and Warren Buffett in third at $83 billion.

Americans led this year's list with a record 585 billionaires, followed by mainland China with 373. Of those rich Americans, here are 11 from Michigan. 

No. 284 Dan Gilbert

Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert landed at No. 284 with $6.5 billion. Gilbert co-founded the mortgage loan company in 1985, sold it to Intuit for $532 million in 1999, but bought it back three years later for $64 million. 

No. 328 Hank & Doug Meijer 

Brothers Hank and Doug Meijer are co-chairmen of Michigan-based Meijer. The grocery chain's success landed them at No. 328 with a net worth of $5.9 billion. Their grandfather, Hendrik, a Dutch immigrant, started the company in 1934 and the brothers took over from their father, Frederik, in 1990. Meijer has more than 230 supermarkets throughout the Midwest. 

No. 379 Richard DeVos 

Cofounder of direct-selling giant Amway, Richard DeVos landed at No. 379 with a net worth of $5.4 billion. DeVos and his high school friend Jay Van Andel started Amway, short for American Way, in 1959, selling multipurpose cleaner door-to-door. Van Andel died in 2004 and DeVos retired in 1993 putting the company under the corporate umbrella of Alticor, run by their children. 

Ronda Stryker

No. 381 Ronda Stryker

At No. 383, Ronda Stryker's net worth is $5.4 billion. She currently serves as the director of Stryker Corp., a medical equipment company founded by her grandfather, Homer Stryker, in 1980. She inherited a stake in the company from her parents and is the only one of her siblings that sits on the board. 

No. 391 Marian Ilitch

Marian Ilitch lands No. 391 spot with $5.3 billion. She and her late husband, Mike Ilitch, built Little Caesars Pizza into a $4 billion chain. She also owns the Detroit Red Wings, the Detroit Tigers and Motor City Casino.

No. 686 John Brown

John Brown also landed on Forbes list for his involvement with Stryker alongside Ronda Stryker. He ran the corporation for 32 years before retiring as chairman in 2009. He owns slightly more than 5 percent of the company and has a net worth of $3.6 billion. 

No. 1,174 William Young

William Young is CEO of Plastipak, maker of plastic containers, and landed at No. 1,174 with a net worth of $2.2 billion. He and his father founded Plastipak in 1967, shortly after he graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy with an engineering degree. After six years of running the company, they sold it to Beatrice Foods and then bought it back in 1982. Thirty years later, they sold majority stake to Goldman Sachs. 

No. 1,428 Roger Penske 

Roger Penske landed the 1,428 spot on Forbes' list with $1.78 billion net worth. Penske is the founder, chairman and CEO of Penske Corp., a transportation service. He started with one car dealership in 1965, which he opened with a $75,000 loan from his father. The businesses went on to generate $26 billion per year. 

Manuel “Matty” Moroun

No. 1,551 Matty Moroun 

Owner of Detroit's Ambassador Bridge and CEO of CenTra, Matty Moroun lands at No. 1,551 with $1.63 billion. His son Matthew joined the holding company in 1995. 

No. 1,704 Martha Ford 

Martha Firestone Ford is the widow of William C. Ford, a grandson of Henry Ford. Martha Ford's grandparents founded Firestone Tire and Rubber. She inherited the Detroit Lions after her husband died in 2014. Her son Bill Ford is executive chairman of Ford Motor Co. 

No. 1,874 Donald Foss 

Donald Foss is the founder and former chairman of subprime auto lender Credit Acceptance Corp. Foss launched the company in 1972 and was one of the first to offer loan programs that help dealers sell cars to customers with poor credit. He ran Credit Acceptance as CEO for 30 years and retired in 2017. Today, his net worth is $1.3 billion.