Forbes just released their list of the richest people in the world. This annual ranking of wealth is a voyeuristic glance into riches beyond your wildest imagination. While Carlos Slim remains number one on the list (for the fourth year straight) with a staggering $73 billion fortune, there are some South Floridians on the list, too. Carnival Cruise Chairman and Miami Heat owner Micky Arison is first to represent South Florida with a net worth of $5.7 billion, which puts him at number 211 overall.
Other local billionaires include Gustavo Cisneros ($4.4 billion), Steve Ross ($4.4 billion), Philip Frost ($2.6 billion), Fred de Luca ($2.6 billion), Wayne Huizenga (2.45 billion), Jeff Greene ($2.3 billion), Norman Braman ($1.6 billion), Ed Ansin ($1.2 billion) and Jorge Perez ($1.2 billion).
While the methodology and veracity behind the Forbes list has been questioned, the magazine’s disclaimer notes that, “To compile net worths, we value individuals’ assets–including stakes in public and private companies, real estate, yachts, art and cash–and account for debt. We attempt to vet these numbers with all billionaires. Some cooperate; others don’t. We also consult an array of outside experts in various fields.”
This is all good news for Arison, who is having ups and downs of late. While his Miami Heat are on a 14-game winning streak, Carnival keeps getting battered with crippling mishaps, including the recent feces disaster aboard the Triumph.