He’s probably the only billionaire Montana can claim as a native son.  Forbes magazine has just published its list of richest Americans, and Missoula’s Dennis Washington is ranked 71st with a net worth of $5.8 billion. Washington made his money like a lot of the state's early residents; hard work, mining, railroads and construction. Forbes magazine's Luisa Kroll has done a pretty good job of tracking his life with a couple of articles.

Washington has shared his money with his hometown. He played a role in the development and building of our football stadium, along with the preservation of historical buildings, and helping build other facilities on the UM campus. He has also donated generously to many favorite charities in and around Missoula.