O.C. Answer Man: The richest person in Orange County? Is it who we think it is?

Still. As the sole owner and chairman of The Irvine Company, Donald Bren of Newport Beach—with an estimated net worth of $15.3 billion—is America’s wealthiest real estate developer, a noted philanthropist, and Orange County’s king of the hill. With that kind of money, he could hold his own Olympics or turn Irvine into a nuclear world power. Kingston Technology COO and co-founder David Sun of Irvine finishes a distant second with about $5 billion. Sadly, there’s more competition for the title of Orange County’s poorest individual. On any given night about 4,300 homeless people roam our streets, not counting those living in motels or cars, or crashing on friends’ couches.

Chris Jepsen is the O.C. Answer Man. Have a question? Send it to cjepsen@socal.rr.com.

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