A Guide to the Most Despicable Florida Moguls on Forbes 400 Richest List
Lampert's name may not be as familiar to Florida residents; he only joined the local list after plunking down $40 million for an Indian Creek house last year. His crime? Accusations that he's run Sears, once a truly great American corporation, into the ground. "Lampert has destroyed Sears," Forbes wrote last year. "Once the most critical force in retailing, since Mr. Lampert has taken over Sears has become wholly irrelevant."
4. Jeff Greene, $2.2 billion (National rank: 218)
Greene was just another billionaire investor in West Palm until 2010, when he decided all his cash meant he was qualified to be a U.S. Senator. Greene's disastrous challenge of Kendrick Meek in the Democratic primaries brought out all kinds of great dirt on the mogul, including allegations that his $7.9 million party yacht hosted wild parties full of drugs, sex, Lindsay Lohan, Mike Tyson, and Cuban-embargo-violating visits to Havana.
Since Greene lost, he's kept himself busy unsuccessfully suing newspapers for libel and being accused of abusing employees at a resort he snatched up out of foreclosure.
5. Jorge Perez, $1.2 billion (National rank: 360)
Perez is hatable enough for his nickname: the "Donald Trump of the Tropics;" he's often acted like Trump in his dealings, too, with critics accusing him of helping to fuel Miami's massive condo boom and then swooping in on distressed properties during the bust. Perez mysteriously seemed to know of Genting's plans to build a casino on the Miami Herald property, buying part of the land six months before they came to town before flipping it for a $61 million profit.
Worst of all, though, Jorge Perez helped fund the new Miami Art Museum -- but only in exchange for plopping his name out front, so we'll all spend decades looking at the Jorge M. Perez Art Museum every time we drive over the MacArthur Causeway.
Check out a breakdown of all the Florida entries on Forbes list over at the Miami Herald.
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