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Yes, Tampa mayoral candidate David Straz is very, very rich

The retired banker and philanthropist has a net worth of $426 million. He qualified for the Tampa mayor's race on Wednesday.
David Straz has filed his financial disclosure in the Tampa mayoral race. He’s worth $426 million.  This photo was taken in May. {Times files
David Straz has filed his financial disclosure in the Tampa mayoral race. He’s worth $426 million. This photo was taken in May. {Times files
Published Jan. 16, 2019

TAMPA — David Straz Jr. isn't a billionaire, but he's very, very rich.

The Tampa mayoral candidate, who made his fortune in banking, was worth $425,857,681 as of Jan. 18, according to a financial disclosure filed Wednesday at the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections office.

Some of the highlights of Straz's wealth:

$172 million for his fine art collection

$18.9 million is the listed value of five homes in Tampa; Mequon, Wisc.; Snowmass Village, Colo.; St. Pete Beach and Highlands, N.C.

$73 million in the David A. Straz Jr. Trust

$1.1 million is the worth of a mausoleum at Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Tampa.

His form stated Straz had no liabilities.

"David made his money the old fashioned way. He earned it with hard work, integrity and honesty. He started sweeping floors in a bank, which led to his success. He hopes to bring that same success as mayor," said spokesman Jarrod Holbrook.

Two other mayoral candidates have filed financial disclosures so far, Dick Greco Jr. and Ed Turanchik.

Greco, a retired judge who is the son of former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco, listed $290,000 in real property and a state pension for a net worth of $2,807,000.

Turanchik, a former Hillsborough County commissioner, listed a net worth of $1,474,339, including a $873,167 home.

To qualify for the race, candidates must file the disclosure form, which includes a description of assets, liabilities, sources of income and business interests.

So far, Straz, Greco Jr. and Turanchik are the only three of nine announced candidates to qualify for the March 5 election. The qualifying deadline is at noon Friday.

Contact Charlie Frago at cfrago@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8459. Follow@CharlieFrago.

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