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The billionaire's business: how U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Greene made his money



Billionaire Senate candidate Jeff Greene is spending millions on TV and campaign mailers casting himself the "proven job creator," but proving how many jobs he's created isn't so easy.

Greene, 55, is a stunningly successful businessman — worth an estimated $1.3-billion, according to Forbes last year — but little is known about his track record.

The first-time Florida candidate is best known for having made hundreds of millions of dollars with arcane and controversial investments where he effectively bet on widespread mortgage foreclosures — not exactly a big job generator. He also has delayed filing a required financial disclosure report, so it's impossible to know his current business interests.

"There are a lot of people that create jobs in this country and I don't believe Jeff Greene is in the running to be among the top 1,000,'' said Democratic rival Kendrick Meek, scoffing at ads showing Greene in a hard hat. (story here)

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:47am]


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