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September 25, 2017
Norman Braman is a ‘Florida Icon'

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Norman Braman is a ‘Florida Icon'

Mike Vogel | 3/28/2017

The auto dealer and art collector now has numerous auto franchises. And he doesn't believe in public financing of for-profit enterprises. "We live in a glorious country. It is, and we're blessed to be here," he said.

One more quote: “I came here in ’69 with my wife and two very young daughters. I came here to retire. I had been working seven days a week and six nights a week. I sold my interest (in Philadelphia Pharmaceuticals) for seven figures, which in 1969 dollars was a hell of a lot of money. I was 36. I did it basically because I wanted to preserve my family.”

 

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