When it comes to the rich and famous, no other state does it quite like Florida. After all, Florida is home to mega-mansions on the beach, four-story yachts, extravagant nightlife and some of the world’s finest culinary hotspots. In short, the state is a veritable playground for the famous and wealthy; it’s no surprise that many of its residents also populate this year’s Forbes Richest People in America list.
In this article, we’ll explore ten of the richest people in Florida: we’ll discover where they’re from and how they achieved their vast amount of wealth in the Sunshine State.
Palm Beach resident and CEO of Interactive Broker Thomas Peterffy was named the wealthiest person in all of South Florida just last year. With a projected net worth of $20.3 billion, there's enough to go around... and around and around and around.
A businessman, hedge fund manager, and philanthropist, David Tepper, CEO of Appaloosa Management, has a net worth of $11 billion. At 61 years of age, he is also the owner of the Carolina Panthers of National Football League.
Micky Arison may have dropped out of the University of Miami, but he went on to become the chairman of his father’s company—a little cruise line called Carnival Cruise. He also currently owns the Miami Heat. Now residing in Bal Harbour, his net worth is an estimated $9.7 billion.
This Pakistani-American billionaire businessman comes next with a net worth of $7.2 billion. Also the owner of Flex-N-Gate, Shahid "Shad" Khan made his fortune in auto parts, owns the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League and also is a lead investor in All Elite Wrestling.
Dirk Ziff inherited his family fortune; his father was the founder of the Ziff-Davis empire, which owned numerous magazine publications. Ziff invested his inherited fortune smartly, resulting in a net worth of about $4.2 billion. He presently resides in North Palm Beach.
William Koch made his fortune in oil and investments, resulting in a current net worth of approximately $4 billion. He uses much of his fortune to invest in Wild West paraphernalia; in fact, he recently paid $3.1 million for the only picture of Billy the Kid. He resides in Palm Beach.
Worth approximately $3.1 billion, Terrence Pegula is a self-made billionaire who got his start in the oil industry. In 2010 he sold East Resources, his drilling company, for $4.7 billion; he later purchased the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres. He currently invests a great deal of money in sports facilities. He resides in Boca Raton.
From West Palm Beach, Malcolm Glazer and his family is worth approximately $2.7 billion. Glazer made his fortune in real estate and later used his monies to invest in two major sports teams: the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and world-famous soccer team Manchester United.
From Lighthouse Point, Igor Olenicoff is worth approximately $2.6 billion. He’s a self-made billionaire who made his fortune in real-estate development. Olenicoff is an alumnus of the University of Southern California. He has often run into trouble with the government and is currently embroiled in several tax scandals.
Currently residing in North Palm Beach, Christopher Cline is originally from West Virginia. He made his fortune in the coal industry and is worth an estimated $2.3 billion. He owns Foresight Energy, which controls four billion tons of coal reserves in the US.