March 4, 2013

Despite Carnival woes, Arison ranks as richest person in Miami-Dade

The list of the world’s ultimate 1 percent has grown: Forbes magazine said its tally of billionaires around the globe climbed 16 percent from last year.

The list of the world’s ultimate 1 percent has grown: Forbes magazine said its tally of billionaires around the globe climbed 16 percent from last year.

Topping the list is Carlos Slim, a telecommunications mogul from Mexico with a reported net worth of $73 billion. Microsoft Corp.’s Bill Gates came in second place, again, with a net worth of $67 billion.

Other notables saw their places drop as their bank accounts were squeezed in the last year. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg fell 31 spots as his net worth dropped by $4.2 billion. Warren Buffett, known as the Oracle of Omaha, dropped to the No. 4 slot after more than a decade in the top 3; his spot was taken over by Amancio Ortega, a Spaniard who holds a huge stake in the retail conglomerate that owns fast fashion brand Zara.

All told, 1,426 uber-wealthy individuals made Forbes’ 2013 list, a record-setting number. And their bank accounts fattened too — average net worth jumped to $3.8 billion, a 3 percent increase from the year before.

Despite last January’s deadly accident aboard Carnival Corp.’s Costa Concordia, Heat owner and Carnival Cruise Chairman Micky Arison was the highest ranking South Floridian on the list, tying for the 211 slot with $5.7 billion. His sister, Shari Arison, who lives in Israel, ranked No. 308 with $4.2 billion.

Liliane Bettencourt, whose family owns more than 30 percent of cosmetics giant L’Oreal — is the world’s wealthiest woman at $30 billion. The total number of women grew to 138, up from 104 the year before.

Gustavo Cisneros and his family, owners of Miami-based Venevision, tied for No. 286 with $4.4 billion. Also at No. 286 was Dolphins’ owner Steve Ross. Donald Trump, who has been mixing it up with his Doral neighbors since buying the resort last year, dragged in at No. 423 with $3.2 billion.

At No. 437 was hedge funder manager Edward Lambert, who moved to Indian Creek Island off Miami Beach last year.

Other locals who hit the billionaire bonanza included Miami medical entrepreneur Philip Frost at No. 554 with $2.6 billion, Subway founder Fred de Luca of Fort Lauderdale at No. 554 with $2.6 billion and Fort Lauderdale entrepreneur H. Wayne Huizenga at 612 with $2.45 billion. At No. 613 were Robert Rich of Islamorada with $2.4 billion, and Igor Olenicolff of Lighthouse Point. The George Lindemann family (the younger George lives on Miami Beach) tied for No. 613 at $2.4 billion. Syntel chairman Bharat Desai of Fisher Island off Miami Beach hit No. 736 with $2 billion. Miami auto dealer and civic activist Norman Braman ranked No. 931 with $1.6 billion; WSVN Channel 7 owner Edmund Ansin tied for No. 1175 with $1.2 billion, along with retired insurance magnate Peter Lewis of Coconut Grove and Miami developer Jorge Perez.

Former Miamian Eduardo Saverin, co-founder of Facebook who made waves when he became a Singapore citizen last year, was No. 670 with $2.2 billion.

As usual, Palm Beach County is bulging with billionaires, including Malcom Glazer (No. 286, $4.4 billion), Dirk Ziff (No. 286, $4.4 billion), Willam Koch (No.329, $4 billion), Terrence Pegula (No. 458, $3 billion), Wilbur Ross (No. 554, $2.6 billion), Isaac Perlmutter (No. 613, $2.4 billion), former Florida senatorial candidate Jeff Greene (No. 631, $2.3 billion), William Wrigley (No. 670, $2.2 billion), S. Daniel Abraham (No. 831, $1.8 billion), former Marlins owner John Henry (No. 974, $1.5 billion), Christopher Cline (No. 1175, $1.2 billion) and James Clarke, No. 1268, $1.1 billion.)

More than 30 percent of the billionaires — or 442 to be exact, call the United States home, the most of any nation in the world. Other clusters of this exclusive club live in Asia and Europe.

The Los Angeles Times contributed to this report.

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