Net Worth: $1.7 bil
Home State: Florida
Marital Status: married , 4 children
College dropout started Waste Management in 1962 with one used garbage truck. Bought 19-store Blockbuster Video chain 1984; expanded, sold to Viacom 10 years later for $8.4 billion. Now runs AutoNation, world's largest new and used car dealer. Got big boost from recent investment by money manager Eddie Lampert (see). Owner of pro football's Miami Dolphins.
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Huizenga, H Wayne # 234 on World's Richest People 2002 , # 209 on World's Richest People 2001 , # 651 on Executive Pay 1999 , # 113 on Forbes 400 2003 , # 100 on Forbes 400 2002 , # 97 on Forbes 400 2001 , # 150 on Forbes 400 2000 , # 139 on Forbes 400 1999
Not just waste management... waste management in Chicago [finger tapping side of nose].
My grandpa, a Sicilian descent meat packing plant owner in Chicago, used to say that garbage was something "the boys" controlled and that if you didn't play ball, garbage would get delivered.
I asked him about Wayne about 15 years ago. He claimed Wayne was a tool of the boys. It sounded like they made him, Wayne got his hands just dirty enough, and Wayne took advantage of the opportunities to go legit. He also said that Wayne was "forced to sell" his interest [finger tapping nose again].
Wayne has a fat wallet. He also bought out John Elway's car dealerships for about 90 million dollars here in Colorado, so John has a nice chunk of change,,,,but it's nothing compared to Huizenga. I was impressed that Wayne wrote a check for one million dollars to help the hurricane survivors...sounds like he has his priorities straight...now just get us to the Superbowl.