A Guide to the Most Despicable Florida Moguls on Forbes 400 Richest List

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This guy has too much cash.
Forbes' bean counters have compiled their latest list of the 400 most shameless oligarchs richest entrepreneurs in all the land, and South Florida keeps gleefully riding the money train. Twenty-four of the magazine's wealthiest call the land of bath salts and condo busts home, and when they're not hosting $50,000-per-plate fundraisers to listen to Mitt Romney rail against the sweaty, boil-infested masses, they're running the Miami Heat, funding art museums and buying mayoral recalls.

They're also all TERRIBLE HUMAN BEINGS. Why should you despise the richest people in South Florida? Glad you asked!

With Honore de Balzac's famous quote in mind -- "Behind every great fortune lies a great crime" -- let's traipse down some of the most despicable entries on Forbes list of South Florida's wealthiest residents:

1. Mickey Arison, $5 billion (National rank: 68th)
Sure, Arison is riding a wave of love in Miami these days after bringing home a championship for his Miami Heat last year. Too bad Mickey refuses to share any of the millions he's banking off the team with the taxpayers who helped him build a stadium on Biscayne Bay.

Even though his original agreement with the county called for him to share 40 percent of profits over $14 million, Arison's accountants have magically ensured he's never met that benchmark -- even in the money-flowing era of LeBron. Miami-Dade's inspector general recently concluded he owes the county at least $3 million.

2. William Koch, $4 billion (National rank: 92)
Unlike his brothers, Charles and David, Bill Koch hasn't used his massive, inherited fortune to become a living cartoon villain waging war on the federal government.

Instead, he's used it to become a zany cartoon rich guy who literally built an entire Wild West ghost town on his Colorado property -- complete with saloon, jail, church and 50 other buildings. Oh yeah, no one is allowed to see it, either. It's locked up, heavily guarded, and apparently meant just for Bill to wander around when he's not living in Palm Beach so he can pretend to be a cowboy.


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23 comments
FatHand
FatHand

Didn't Jorge Perez sign a pledge to give half of his fortune away to charity just like, TWO days ago?

alfaroart2010
alfaroart2010

I don't understand "why" to criticize Jorge Perez just because he wanted to see his name...At least he gave a lot of money for Miami Art Museum, while others, ALL Miami Politicians included, are taking popularity from the Arts, and many taking the money for the Arts also. I think he has done a good thing for Miami!

FWACATA
FWACATA

Great Article but Jorge Perez seems not THAT bad, I mean overall he's just a smart and shrewd business man, and sure it's sucks to have his name on the new MAM but I mean he did pay for it....so....

Palangana
Palangana topcommenter

Forbes 400, not to be confused with the Fortune 500

Jorge Shicken
Jorge Shicken

notice: adrienne arsht isnt on that list. philanthropy is what righteous people do with their riches.

Jorge Shicken
Jorge Shicken

its not hating on success, its despising they way it's done. everyone can agree that someone who amasses their riches by selling cocaine and crack to the poor is a "bad guy". i have no idea why most look the other way blindly when white collar, business men do similiar things to exploit the poor.

Clemente Morales
Clemente Morales

Hey Mickey, you have 5 BILLION dollars! Stop being a douche and pay Miami-Dade County what you owe!

Sergio Carmona
Sergio Carmona

Micky Arison should not be on this list. This list is dispicable and the envy disturbs me. These people work hard all their lives to gain the fortune they have.

Lon Allen
Lon Allen

How about a haters guide to dime a dozen, bitter journalism majors?

djcrunchtime
djcrunchtime

i love the hate!! good write. keep the hate alive!!

Ken Silva
Ken Silva

just like everything else, there are good rich people and bad rich people. stop generalizing

Jorge Shicken
Jorge Shicken

i try my best not to hate on anyone, but rich people and those who abuse power are hard not to hate.

ARG3
ARG3

Sounds like someone got a shitty journalism degree

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

Wow.....Talk about jealousy.

 

Since when is making and spending ones money despicable?

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

 @RANTone Except for the Democrat none of these "Despicable" people have broken any law or done anything wrong except make you jealous.

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

 @RANTone They have no more of the responsibility than you or I...That is None.

    Your claim that it is hard to amass a fortune in a righteous manner just screams of jealousy.  Everyone in that list acquired their riches in a legal and righteous manner.  To state otherwise is just foolish and pretentious.

  What you fail to grasp is that they do more to feed, clothe and heal more people in a righteous manner than any of your social programs could ever dream to imagine.  They create jobs!

RANTone
RANTone

 @Anthonyvop1 who are you to tell me how i feel? im not jealous of anyone on this list. it is very hard to amass a fortune in the righteous manner. and i cannot even begin to comprehend how anyone can become so rich and live a happy life while there are sooooo many people suffering from famine and poverty in this world. i believe the rich have a responsibility to do good with what they have, not just protect their own interests.

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