5 Richest Lawyers In America

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(Bloomberg Law) -- Inspired by a post on the website Above the Law, we asked our Bloomberg Billionaires Index colleagues to research the wealthiest lawyers in America.* None of their fortunes are from practicing law:

Robert Rowling is number 5. He briefly practiced tax law before joining his father's oil and gas company. They've since sold it and now own Omni Hotels and Gold's See more +

(Bloomberg Law) -- Inspired by a post on the website Above the Law, we asked our Bloomberg Billionaires Index colleagues to research the wealthiest lawyers in America.* None of their fortunes are from practicing law:

Robert Rowling is number 5. He briefly practiced tax law before joining his father's oil and gas company. They've since sold it and now own Omni Hotels and Gold's Gym.

Number 4 is Randa Duncan Williams, daughter of oil billionaire Dan Duncan. Before joining the family's Enterprise Products Company, she litigated toxic torts cases in Houston.

New York's Richard LeFrak is number 3. He went into the family real estate business after law school.

Number 2 is Richard Kinder. He practiced law in Houston, then joined his friend Ken Lay at Enron. Now he's CEO of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners.

And number 1 is Rob Walton, chairman of Wal-Mart. He practiced briefly before joining the family business. He's the only American lawyer among the world's 100 wealthiest people, ranking number twelve

*Net worth as of November 16, 2012

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