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Forbes list reveals moneyed among us

What timing! Amid a Florida recession and a haywire Wall Street week comes the new Forbes 400 list of the richest Americans. Usual suspects Bill Gates, 52, and Warren Buffett, 78, remain first and second in wealth with $57-billion and $50-billion, respectively. Altogether, the combined net worth of America's wealthiest 400 rose by $30-billion — only 2 percent — to $1.57-trillion. Billionaires residing in Florida made up 25 — or 6.25 percent — of the 400. Here's a look at a few of the Sunshine State's ultrawealthy:

No. 32 John Kluge, 94, Metromedia, Palm Beach. Net worth: $9-billion.

The richest guy in Florida is best known lately for his Metromedia restaurant group's decision to abruptly close its Bennigan's casual dining chain this year. Kluge's wealth dropped by $500-million from 2007.

No. 68 Micky Arison, 59, Carnival Cruises, Bal Harbour. Net worth: $5-billion.

The cruise industry hit choppy waters for captain of world's largest cruise ship operator: Carnival stock down 13 percent since last fall from rising fuel costs.

No. 190 Malcolm Glazer (and family), 80, sports teams and real estate, Palm Beach. Net worth: $2.3-billion.

The owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Manchester United saw his wealth dip by $200-million from last year.

No. 190 Robert E. "Ted'' Turner, 69, cable television, Lamont. Net worth: $2.3-billion.

Nation's largest individual landowner owns 2-million acres across 12 states and Argentina.

No. 205 H. Wayne Huizenga, 70, investments, Fort Lauderdale. Net worth: $2.2-billion.

Longtime Miami Dolphins owner sold half of team to real estate mogul Stephen Ross in April for $300-million.

No. 262 Edward DeBartolo Jr., 61, shopping centers, Tampa, Net worth: $1.8-billion

One of three bay area billionaires on the list, the real estate developer's net worth was unchanged from last year.

No. 321 Ronald Wanek, 67, furniture stores, St. Petersburg. Net worth: $1.5-billion.

Sole bay area newcomer to the list, he is chairman of the Wisconsin-based, big-selling Ashley Furniture HomeStores chain.

No. 377 George Steinbrenner III, 78, New York Yankees, Tampa. Net worth: $1.3-billion.

The ailing Yankees owner's net worth is unchanged and just above the cutoff point that would push him off the list.

Other Florida billionaires:

No. 105 Dennis Albaugh, 58, pesticides, Marco Island. Net worth: $3.5-billion.

No. 134 William Koch, 68, oil/investments, Palm Beach. Net worth: $3-billion.

No. 205 Phillip Frost, 71, Ivax, Miami Beach. Net worth: $2.2-billion.

No. 215 Michael Heisley Sr., 71, manufacturing, Jupiter Island. Net worth: $2.1-billion.

No. 215 Robert Rich Jr., 67, nondairy creamer, Islamorada. Net worth: $2.1-billion.

No. 227 S. Daniel Abraham, 84, Slim-Fast, Palm Beach. Net worth: $2-billion.

No. 246 Albert Ueltschi, 91, FlightSafety, Vero Beach. Net worth: $1.9-billion.

No. 262 George Lindemann (and family), 72, investments, Palm Beach. Net worth: $1.8-billion.

No. 281 Norman Braman, 76, art/car dealerships, Miami. Net worth: $1.7-billion.

No. 281 Igor Olenicoff, 66, real estate, Lighthouse Point. Net worth: $1.7-billion.

No. 301 Fred DeLuca, 61, Subway, Fort Lauderdale. Net worth: $1.6-billion.

No. 321 Edmund Ansin, 72, Sunbeam Broadcasting, Miami Beach. Net worth: $1.5-billion.

No. 321 Bharat Desai (and family), 55, Syntel, Fisher Island. Net worth: $1.5-billion.

No. 355 James France, 63, auto racing, Daytona Beach. Net worth: $1.4-billion.

No. 355 Charlotte Colket Weber, 65, inheritance, Ocala. Net worth: $1.4-billion.

No. 377 Jorge Perez, 59, condos, Miami. Net worth: $1.3-billion.

Forbes list reveals moneyed among us 09/18/08 [Last modified: Friday, September 19, 2008 8:33pm]
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