October 3, 2022
Fred DeLuca

1) Fred DeLuca, 65 - $5.4 billion - Fort Lauderdale, Subway

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Mickey Arison

Micky Arison holds the trophy after his Miami Heat won the NBA championship last year

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Dirk Ziff

3) Dirk Ziff, 48 -$4.2 billion - North Palm Beach, magazines

Photo: Victoria Will/Splash News

William Koch

4) William Koch, 72 - $4 billion - Palm Beach, Oxbow Carbon

Photo: Richard Graulich/Palm Beach Post/ZUMA

Malcolm Glazer

5) Malcolm Glazer, 84 - $3.6 billion - Palm Beach, real estate/sports

Photo: Jim Stem/Tampa Bay Times

Edward Lampert

6) Edward Lampert, 50 - $3.5 billion - Indian Creek Village, hedge fund

Photo: Peter Morgan/Reuters

Terrence Pegula

7) Terrence Pegula, 62 - $3.3 billion - Boca Raton, fossil fuels

Photo: Gary Wiepert/Reuters

Phillip Frost

8) Phillip Frost, 76 - $2.9 billion - Star Island, pharmaceuticals and health care

Photo: Brian Smith

Shahid Khan

9) Shahid Khan, 62 - $2.8 billion - Naples/Jacksonville, Flex-N-Gate

Photo: Don Burk/Reuters

Jeff Greene

10 Jeff Greene, 58 - $2.6 billion - Palm Beach, real estate/investments

Photo: Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post/ZUMA

Igor Olenicoff

11) Igor Olenicoff, 70 - $2.5 billion - Lighthouse Point, Olen Properties

Photo: Tim Rue/Bloomberg/Getty Images

H. Wayne Huizenga

12) H. Wayne Huizenga, 75 - $2.4 billion - Fort Lauderdale, company building

Photo: Bill Ingram/Palm Beach Post/ZUMA Press

Richard Schulze

13) Richard  Schulze, 72 - $2.4 billion - Bonita Springs, Best Buy

Photo: Richard Sennott/Minneapolis Star Tribune/ZUMA Press

Edward DeBartolo Jr.

14) Edward DeBartolo Jr., 66 - $2.3 billion - Tampa, real estate

Photo: Mike Cardew/Akron Beacon Journal/MCT


15) William Wrigley Jr., 16) Robert Rich Jr., and 19) Alfred James Clark

Isaac Perlmutter

17) Isaac Perlmutter, 70 - $2 billion - Palm Beach 

Photo: Shonna Valeska

S. Daniel Abraham

20) S. Daniel Abraham, 88 - $1.6 billion - Palm Beach, Slim-Fast

Norman Braman

21) Norman Braman, 80 - $1.6 billion - Indian Creek Village, auto dealerships

Photo: Chris Zuppa/Tampa Bay Times

George Lindemann

22) George Lindemann, 76 - $1.5 billion - Palm Beach, investments

Christopher Cline

23) Christopher Cline, 55 - $1.5 billion - North Palm Beach, coal

Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Tom Golisano

24) Tom Golisano, 71 - $1.4 billion - Naples, Paychex

Photo: Frances M. Roberts

John Henry

25) John Henry, 63 - $1.2 billion - Boca Raton, investing

Photo: Rhona Wise/EPA

Rich Floridians

Richest Floridians: The Top 25

Mike Vogel | 4/1/2013

1 Fred DeLuca, 65
$5.4 billion - Fort Lauderdale, Subway

Jared lost the weight, but Fred DeLuca has grown fat on the profits. Subway co-founder DeLuca’s Doctor’s Associates, the Subway franchiser, is based in Miami Springs, but most of Subway’s direct employees are in DeLuca’s home state of Connecticut. His foundation does its giving there. Subway franchisees employ an estimated 15,000 in Florida at nearly 1,500 locations.

Beyond Subway, DeLuca was expected to have his biggest impact on Florida in the hinterlands. He teamed with Palm Beach County developer Anthony Pugliese III to develop Destiny, a 41,000-acre development near Yeehaw Junction in Osceola County. Championed by the Clinton Climate Initiative and self-described as “America’s first eco-sustainable city,” Destiny was massive — larger in land area than Miami and Disney. DeLuca invested $111 million, but the project hasn’t taken off. Pugliese was arrested last year on charges that he faked invoices to bilk DeLuca out of $1.2 million.

2 Micky Arison, 63
$5.2 billion - Miami, Carnival

Born in Israel, Arison grew up in the Carnival cruise business founded by his father, Ted, in Florida. Carnival has had its black eyes of late — a capsizing in Italy, an engine fire off Mexico and a slow, stinky tow to Alabama for passengers of the Triumph. But Arison’s cruise colossus has made a substantial impact on Florida ports and employment. It employs 3,000 in Florida. Arison also owns the Miami Heat; son Nick Arison now is CEO. The list of charities that have relied on the Arisons is long.

3 Dirk Ziff, 48
$4.2 billion - North Palm Beach, magazines

The eldest son of the builder of Ziff-Davis publishing, Dirk and his brothers took the inheritance and started New York-based Ziff Brothers Investments.

4 William Koch, 72
$4 billion - Palm Beach, Oxbow Carbon

A western history buff, art aficionado and an America’s Cup winner, Koch didn’t make his mint in Florida but, rare for a relocated billionaire, he put his Oxbow Carbon headquarters here — doubly rare considering it doesn't deal in Florida resources but in things like coal and coke. It employs 250 locally. Wanting a more elite education for his family, among other things, he bankrolled Oxbridge Academy, a private school in West Palm Beach, pledging $50 million and funding scholarships for students who can’t afford it. The $50 million, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, was the largest gift to any Florida cause in 2011.

Koch is married to Bridget Rooney, granddaughter of Steelers founder Art Rooney and part of the Rooney family, which has extensive involvement in Palm Beach business and politics. Koch’s political donations are well known, and his philanthropy is widespread. He had Katy Perry sing at his house for his wife’s birthday party.

5 Malcolm Glazer, 84
$3.6 billion - Palm Beach, real estate/sports

Glazer lives across the state from the Tampa Bay home of his Bucs NFL franchise. He also owns the most valuable sports franchise in the world, Manchester United, from which he took $100 million in an IPO last year. A self-made man without a college degree, he made his money in real estate before going into sports, buying the hapless Bucs and building the team into a Super Bowl winner in 2003, the last time a Florida team has won one. His First Allied has 6.7 million square feet of real estate, according to its website. His philanthropy through the Glazer Family Foundation includes the Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa. A stroke in 2006 left him impaired; his children run his business.

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