​See who the richest people in Florida are

​See who the richest people in Florida are
By Susan Lundine

Timeshare king David Siegel, 81, is the richest person in Orlando with a net worth of $900 million, according to an article by Forbes called “Meet the richest person in America’s 50 largest cities.”

Siegel is CEO of Westgate Resorts timeshare company, which he founded in 1982. It was on track for $1 billion in revenue last year. He also owns the Arena Football League’s Orlando Predators team, the Cocoa Beach Pier, which he is rebuilding, and last year he bought the Las Vegas Hotel, which was renamed the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino and is being remodeled. He and his wife, Jackie, the “Queen of Versailles,” are building the 90,000-square-foot Versailles mansion in Orlando, which is expected to be completed within the next two to three years. They broke ground on it 11 years ago.

Thomas Peterffy, founder of discount stock brokerage Interactive Brokers Group, 71, is the richest person in Miami, with a net worth of $12.5 billion, according to Forbes.

Edward D. Bartolo Jr., 69, tops the list in Tampa, with a net worth of $3.4 billion. Much of his wealth comes from shopping centers, said Forbes. He owns the San Francisco 49ers NFL team and runs Edward J. DeBartolo Corp., which was started by his father.

And J. Wayne Weaver, 80, heads up the list in Jacksonville, with a net worth of $870 million, having made his fortune in shoes, according to Forbes. He owns Shoe Carnival and Nine West, and used to own the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL team.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, 60, of Seattle is the richest person in the world, with a $77.2 billion net worth.

Check out the Forbes article by Dan Alexander for more.

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