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Heat's Arison, Dolphins' Ross among Forbes' 100 richest Americans

Owners of three of Florida’s professional sports franchises were among the top 100 richest Americans on the latest Forbes 400 list, including Heat boss Micky Arison and the Dolphins’ Stephen Ross.

Arison, who Forbes listed 68th with a net worth of $5 billion, finished one rung behind Orlando Magic owner Richard DeVos for bragging rights in the state. DeVos, the founder of Amway, is worth $5.1 billion, according to Forbes.

Ross, the real estate developer who bought the Dolphins from H. Wayne Huizenga for $1 billion in 2009, is 83rd at $4.4 billion. Huizenga is 190th at $2.4 billion.

The highest-ranked team owner on the Forbes list is Paul Allen (Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers) in 20th place at $15 billion.

Tops among sportsmen is Ocale chief Larry Ellison, whose yacht BMW Oracle won the America’s Cup in 2010. Palm Beach mogul William Koch, who bankrolled the successful Cup defense in 1992, is 92nd at $4 billion.

As usual, Bill Gates occupies the No. 1 spot – for the 19th consecutive year -- this time with a net worth of $66 billion.

Donald Trump, who earlier this year bought Doral Golf Resort, home of the WGC-Cadillac Championship, is 128th at $3.1 billion.

Here are other sports owners on the Forbes 400:

151. Jerry Jones (Dallas Cowboys) $2.7 billion; 206. Mark Cuban (Dallas Mavericks) $2.3 billion; 250. Dan Gilbert (Cleveland Cavaliers) $1.9 billion; 311. John Henry (Boston Red Sox), James Irsay (Indianapolis Colts), both at $1.5 billion; 360. Tom Benson (New Orleans Saints) $1.2 billion; and 392. Dan Snyder (Washington Redskins) $1.1 billion.

Miami auto dealer Norman Braman, the former Philadelphia Eagles owner who tried unsuccessful to block the Miami Marlins’ stadium project, is 298th at $1.6 billion.

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CRAIG DAVIS In more than 33 years at the Sun Sentinel, Craig Davis has written about a wide variety of sports topics from baseball to yachting, fishing to triathlons, and also worked as a copy editor and page designer. Recently he reported on local sports, including running, swimming, cycling, equestrian and beach volleyball. He enjoys sports as a participant as well as a spectator, is active in the South Florida running scene plays in the curling club at Saveology Iceplex. This blog offers a glimpse at the business side of sports in the interest of enhancing enjoyment of the games and sporting options as a spectator as well as a participant.
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