Once again, Carnival CEO and Miami Heat owner Micky Arison heads the list of the richest Florida residents on the Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans.
With a net worth of $5 billion, Arison clocked in at No. 68 — an increase from his 2011 status of No. 75 with $4.2 billion — despite the financial troubles cruise giant Carnival Corp. has faced since the Costa Concordia accident killed 32 people in January. Carnival owns Costa Cruises.
This year’s 400 list includes 32 Florida residents. Returning from last year’s South Florida list are Subway founder Fred DeLuca, of Fort Lauderdale; medical entrepreneur Phillip Frost, of Miami Beach; entrepreneur H. Wayne Huizenga, of Fort Lauderdale; insurance mogul Peter Lewis, of Coconut Grove; Lighthouse Pointe real estate investor Igor Olenicoff; Miami auto dealer Norman Braman; TV station owner Edmund Ansin; Fisher Island outsourcing businessman Bharat Desai; and frozen foods seller Robert Rich Jr., of Islamorada.
Back after a recession-era hiatus: Miami developer Jorge Perez.
New on the South Florida list: hedge-fund investor Edward Lampert, No. 125, who bought a home on Miami Beach’s Indian Creek last spring for $40 million.
The Forbes 400 list for 2012 rings up a total net worth of $1.7 trillion, up from $1.5 trillion last year. The average net worth of a Forbes 400 member is $4.2 billion, the highest ever, as two-thirds of those on the list saw their fortunes grow.
Leading the list nationally as the three richest entrepreneurs are Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett, and Oracle’s Larry Ellison, who maintained their spots at 1, 2, and 3.
Here are the Florida representatives on the list. (Note that several are tied for position):