So, billionaires aren’t doing any better in these difficult financial times than we are, according to Forbes, which released its list of 400 richest Americans today.
According to the Forbes report, “The rich haven’t gotten richer – or poorer – this year.” The report goes on to explain that it still takes $1.3 billion – just as it did last year - to be included in the list and the total net worth of the list members grew $30 billion or just 2 percent since last year.
Checking in on our local sports team owners:
Heat owner Micky Arison’s net worth dropped from $5.8 billion in 2007 to $5 billion this year and from 55th to 68th on the list.
Dolphins Managing General Partner H. Wayne Huizenga also saw his worth drop from $2.5 billion and 165th place to $2.2 billion and 205th on the list.
The fortune of new Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who bought 50 percent of the Dolphins, of Dolphin Stadium and of the land surrounding it from Huizenga for $550 million earlier this year, remained steady at $4.5 billion. But Ross’ spot on the list dropped from 68th in 2007 to 78th this year.
New to the list this year? Norman Braman, the former Philadelphia Eagles owner and Miami auto dealer who has been a thorn in the Marlins’ effort to build a new ballpark since he challenged in court the financing of $3 billion in Miami projects, including the stadium. Forbes says the “swelling contemporary art market” pushed Braman onto the list this year. His net worth is listed at $1.7 billion and he ranks 281 on the list.
Braman didn’t sound too pleased with his inclusion on the list.
“It’s something I would prefer not to see,” he said Thursday afternoon. “I knew about it before. I wasn’t happy, it is what it is.”
Bill Gates still tops the list with a net worth of $57 billion, but even that’s down from $59 billion last year.