Fifty-one of the world’s billionaires call Florida home, according to the Forbes 2018 list. That was the same number as last year. But due to a soaring stock market — at least in 2017 — many have become even richer.
Of the top 10 billionaires in the state, more than half reside in South Florida, including Carnival Corp. chairman Micky Arison and Palm Beach island residents Thomas Peterffy, Charles Johnson and Robert Rich Jr.
Here are the top 10 Florida richest men
10. Jorge Perez, with $3 billion
Jorge Perez runs Related Group of Florida, which claims to have developed more than 80,000 condos, mostly in Miami, since it was founded in 1979.
As a young urban planner, Perez met developer Stephen Ross which led to a partnership. Today Ross’ affiliate Related Companies owns a 25% stake.
They built affordable housing in the 1980s, then switched to high-end condo construction. Perez has started diversifying where he develops, branching out elsewhere in South Florida, as well as in Uruguay, Mexico and Argentina.