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Florida's billionaires and their party allegiances



The emergence of Rick Scott was a reminder of how many super-rich people live in Florida with the potential to upend politics. It didn't work out so well for billionaire Democrat Jeff Greene (Gov. Scott is merely a multimillionaire), but one never knows when someone unconnected to Florida politics might emerge to shake things up.

So when Forbes this week released its latest list of billionairs -- including 27 Floridians -- we couldn't resist peaking at voter registrations. Turns out 14 of them are Republicans, 10 are Democrats, one is an independent, and two are not registered to  Meet our billionaires, courtesy of Forbes:

Micky Arison, 61, Bal Harbour; Carnival Cruises: Not registered
William Koch, 79, Palm Beach; oil, investments: R
Terrence Pegula, 60, Boca Raton; East Resources: R
Malcolm Glazer, 82, Tampa Bay Bucs, sports, real estate:R
Igor Olenicoff, 68, North Palm Beach real estate: R
H. Wayne Huizenga, 73, Fort Lauderdale; investments: R
Phillip Frost, 74, Miami; pharmaceuticals: D
Robert Rich, 70, Islamorada; Rich Products: R
Ted Turner, 72, Lamont, cable television: D
Wilbur Ross, 73, Palm Beach; investments; D
Albert Ueltschi, 93, Vero Beach; FlightSafety: R
Fred De Luca, 63, Fort Lauderdale; Subway: NPA
Jeff Greene, 56, Palm Beach; real estate, investments: D
Isaac Perlmutter, 68, Palm Beach; Marvel Entertainment: R
Bharat Desai, 58,  Fisher Island; Syntel: D
Edward DeBartaolo Jr., 64, Tampa; shopping Centers: Not registered
George Lindemann, 74, Palm Beach; investments: R
Chris Cline, 53, Palm Beach Gardens; coal: D
Michael Heisley, 73, Jupiter Island; manufacturing: R
S. Daniel Abraham, 86, Palm Beach; Slim-Fast: D
Tom Golisano, 69, Naples; Paychex: R
Norman Braman, 78, Miami; car dealerships, art; R
Charlotte Colket Weber, 68, Hobe Sound; Campbell Soup: R
Peter Lewis, 68, Coconut Grove; Progressive insurance: Dem
Edmund Ansin, 75, Miamil Sunbream Broadcasting: D
John Henry, 61, Boca Raton; finance: D

[Last modified: Thursday, March 10, 2011 3:10pm]


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