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27 Floridians on Forbes list of 400 richest Americans

Twenty-seven Floridians appear on the new Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans. Two of those 27 — Edward DeBartolo Jr. and George Steinbrenner — call Tampa their home. Here are the top 10 richest Floridians (based on wealth), plus the remaining 17:

1. John Kluge, $6.5 billion, 95, Palm Beach, Metromedia. Been at the top of Florida's wealthiest Americans for many years.

2. Micky Arison, $4.3 billion, 60, Bal Harbour, Carnival Cruises.

3. Malcolm Glazer AND family, $2.4 billion, 81, Palm Beach, sports teams, real estate. Own the Bucs and Manchester United soccer. Malcolm's been ill for years, so his kids run the show.

4. H. Wayne Huizenga, $2.1 billion, 71, Fort Lauderdale, investments.

5. Phillip Frost, $2 billion, 72, Miami, pharmaceuticals.

6. Robert Rich Jr., $1.9 billion, 68, Islamorada, Rich Foods.

7. Wilbur Ross, $1.8 billion, 71, Palm Beach, leveraged buyouts. Expect to hear more from Ross as he invests in, and revives, failed banks.

8. Robert E. (Ted) Turner, $1.8 billion, 70, Lamont, cable television. He's on a "plantation" east of Tallahassee.

9. Bharat Desai AND family, $1.65 billion, 56, Fisher Island, Syntel. All about outsourcing.

10. Albert Ueltschi, $1.65 billion, 92, Vero Beach, FlightSafety. Warren Buffett bought his company.

And the remaining 17 in Florida are Isaac Perlmutter, $1.55 billion, 67, Palm Beach, Marvel; Fred DeLuca, $1.5 billion, 62, Fort Lauderdale, Subway; Michael E. Heisley Sr., $1.5 billion, 72, Jupiter Island, manufacturing; William Koch, $1.5 billion, 69, Palm Beach, oil, investments; Igor Olenicoff, $1.5 billion, 67, Lighthouse Point, real estate; George Lindemann and family, $1.45 billion, 73, Palm Beach, investments; S. Daniel Abraham, $1.4 billion, 85, Palm Beach, Slim-Fast; Thomas Golisano, $1.35 billion, 67, Naples, Paychex; Edmund Ansin, $1.3 billion, 73, Miami, Sunbeam Broadcasting; Edward DeBartolo Jr., $1.25 billion, 62, Tampa, shopping centers; Jeffrey Greene, $1.25 billion, 54, Miami Beach, real estate and investments; Norman Braman, $1.2 billion, 77, Miami, art, car dealerships; George Steinbrenner, $1.15 billion, 79, Tampa, New York Yankees; Charlotte Colket Weber, $1.1 billion, 66, Ocala, Campbell Soup inheritance; Peter Lewis, $1.05 billion, 75, Coconut Grove, Progressive Corp. insurance; Jeffry Picower, $1 billion, 67, Palm Beach, investments; Dwight Schar, $950 million, 67, Palm Beach, NVR Inc. home building.

27 Floridians on Forbes list of 400 richest Americans 10/02/09 [Last modified: Friday, October 2, 2009 8:42pm]
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