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We know in the state of Florida there’s a lot of wealth and if you’ve ever wondered, in 2023, who the richest billionaires are in the state, you’re about to find out.

Imagine a life where money is no object. Where luxury and extravagance are the norm, and where your wildest dreams can come true with the swipe of your ‘black card’. Welcome to the world of the super-rich. The other day I drove by The Boathouse in Fort Myers and there were some mega yachts tied up at the dock. I thought to myself “I would be very comfortable on one of those”. Ahhh, a girl can dream. And I’m sure some of these billionaires have more than one!

The United States is the richest country in the world and home to more than billionaires than any other country in the world as well. Being a billionaire is the ultimate dream for many people. Think about how different traveling, for instance, would be if you were super rich. Forget crowded airports and cramped seats. You could set off in your private jet to exotic destinations at a moment’s notice. And sipping champagne at 30,000 feet doesn’t sound so bad either.

You may wonder what kind of industries these billionaires made their money in. Really, it’s just a few: finance & investments, technology, food & drink, fashion & retail and media & entertainment.

I put together this same list in 2022, but it has changed slightly in the new year. Using data from ForbesStacker put together a list of the richest billionaires in Florida in 2023. Some are even right here in SWFL.

  • #20 Charles B. Johnson

    • Net worth: $5.0 billion (#532 wealthiest in the world)
    • Residence: Palm Beach
    • Source of wealth: money management
  • #19 Sami Mnaymneh

    • Net worth: $5.1 billion (#514 wealthiest in the world)
    • Residence: Miami Beach
    • Source of wealth: private equity, self made
  • #18 Robert Rich Jr

    • Net worth: $5.2 billion (#500 wealthiest in the world)
    • Residence: Islamorada
    • Source of wealth: frozen foods
  • #17 Ronald Wanek

    • Net worth: $5.3 billion (#488 wealthiest in the world)
    • Residence: Saint Petersburg
    • Source of wealth: furniture, self made
  • #16 Micky Arison

    • Net worth: $5.5 billion (#471 wealthiest in the world)
    • Residence: Bal Harbour
    • Source of wealth: Carnival Cruises
  • #15 Josh Harris

    • Net worth: $5.7 billion (#438 wealthiest in the world)
    • Residence: Miami 
    • Source of wealth: private equity, self made
  • #14 Dirk Ziff

    • Net worth: $5.7 billion (#434 wealthiest in the world)
    • Residence: North Palm Beach
    • Source of wealth: investments
  • #13 Terrence Pegula

    • Net worth: $6.7 billion (#362 wealthiest in the world)
    • Residence: Boca Raton
    • Source of wealth: natural gas, self made
  • #12 Igor Olenicoff

    • Net worth: $6.9 billion (#337 wealthiest in the world)
    • Residence: Lighthouse Point
    • Source of wealth: real estate, self made
  • #10 J. Christopher Reyes (tie)

    • Net worth: $7.0 billion (#326 wealthiest in the world)
    • Residence: Hobe Sound
    • Source of wealth: food distribution, self made
  • #10 Jude Reyes (tie)

    • Net worth: $7.0 billion (#326 wealthiest in the world)
    • Residence: Palm Beach
    • Source of wealth: food distribution, self made
  • #9 Jeff Greene

    • Net worth: $7.2 billion (#315 wealthiest in the world)
    • Residence: Palm Beach
    • Source of wealth: real estate, investments, self made
  • #8 Paul Tudor Jones II

    • Net worth: $7.5 billion (#289 wealthiest in the world)
    • Residence: Palm Beach
    • Source of wealth: hedge funds, self made
  • #7 Reinhold Schmieding

    • Net worth: $7.7 billion (#279 wealthiest in the world)
    • Residence: Naples
    • Source of wealth: medical devices, self made
  • #6 Orlando Bravo

    • Net worth: $7.9 billion (#272 wealthiest in the world)
    • Residence: Miami Beach
    • Source of wealth: private equity, self made
  • #5 Shahid Khan

    • Net worth: $12.1 billion (#141 wealthiest in the world)
    • Residence: Naples
    • Source of wealth: auto parts, self made
  • #4 Carl Icahn

    • Net worth: $17.6 billion (#91 wealthiest in the world)
    • Residence: Indian Creek
    • Source of wealth: investments, self made
  • #3 David Tepper

    • Net worth: $18.5 billion (#89 wealthiest in the world)
    • Residence: Palm Beach
    • Source of wealth: hedge funds, self made
  • #2 Thomas Peterffy

    • Net worth: $24.4 billion (#58 wealthiest in the world)
    • Residence: Palm Beach
    • Source of wealth: discount brokerage, self made
  • #1 Ken Griffin

    • Net worth: $35.0 billion (#35 wealthiest in the world)
    • Residence: Miami 
    • Source of wealth: hedge funds, self made

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