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Three Tampa Bay residents and 35 Floridians make Forbes 400 list

Thirty-five Florida residents — including three who live in the Tampa Bay area — made the Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans released Tuesday.

The richest Floridian, according Forbes, is Thomas Peterffy, a digital stock trading pioneer who lives in Palm Beach. Peterffy, 70, who now runs a brokerage company, clocked in at No. 33 on the list with a net worth of $13.5 billion. He ranked 50th last year.

The richest person in the Tampa Bay area is shopping center developer Edward J. DeBartolo Jr., 68, who comes in at No. 194 with a net worth of $3.3 billion. The Tampa resident was ranked No. 183 last year.

Ashley Furniture's Ronald Wanek, 74, of St. Petersburg, is No. 358, worth $1.9 billion. He was ranked No. 340 last year.

Kenneth Feld and family, best known for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, came in at No. 375 with a net worth of $1.8 billion. Feld ranked No. 353 in 2014.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates topped the list for the 22nd year in a row with a net worth of $76 billion. Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway was No. 2 on the list — a post he has occupied since 2001. His net worth is $62 billion. Larry Ellison, chairman of business software firm Oracle, was No. 3 with a net worth of $47.5 billion.

Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg both climbed into the Top 10 this year. Bezos was the biggest gainer on the list and jumped to No. 4 with a net worth of $47 billion. Zuckerberg is No. 7, worth $40.3 billion.

There were 25 newcomers to the Forbes list this year, most notably SnapChat co-founder Evan Spiegel, who at 25 is the youngest billionaire in the world. Spiegel, No. 327 on the list, is worth $2.1 billion.

The people on the Forbes 400 list are worth a combined $2.34 trillion, up $50 billion from 2014. Their average net worth is $5.8 billion, $100 million more than last year and also a record high.

Tampa Bay area's richest

Edward J. DeBartolo Jr.

Lives in: Tampa

Source of wealth: Shopping centers

Forbes 400 ranking: No. 194

Net worth: $3.3 billion

Ronald Wanek

Lives in: St. Petersburg

Source of wealth: Ashley Furniture

Forbes 400 ranking: No. 358

Net worth: $1.9 billion

Kenneth Feld and family

Lives in: Tampa

Source of wealth: Circus, entertainment

Forbes 400 ranking: No. 375

Net worth: $1.8 billion

Three Tampa Bay residents and 35 Floridians make Forbes 400 list 09/29/15 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 6:53pm]
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