Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. On our Haute 100 Miami List is Dwyane Wade, a man who turned Miami-Dade County in “Wade County” with his philanthropic efforts and of course, his athletic accomplishments.
Company: Miami Heat
What Makes Him Haute: The Chicago native came to Miami in 2003 when he was selected fifth overall in the NBA draft. He has been a force for the Heat ever since, earning a spot on the All-Rookie Team his first season. He went on to lead the team to its first NBA World Championship in 2006 and got crowned MVP, and then led Team USA to a gold medal in the Olympics. Today, Wade continues to wow the crowds with his athletic prowess. Equally impressive off the court, he has earned respect for his strong community involvement helping at-risk youths through his Wade’s World Foundation.
What Makes Him Haute Now: Speculation over whether the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade will re-sign with the team has every Miami native anxious about the Heat’s next basketball season will continue with their star player. Wade confirmed that he will continue with the Heat, and as a result, the team could develop into one of the best in the Eastern Conference. It is estimated that the shooting guard will receive a contract of around $125 million for six years. Besides his relationship with the basketball world, Wade, along with Alonzo Mourning, will host a fund-raiser event later this month called Summer Groove, and the event will include everything from a youth basketball clinic to a benefit dinner. The event has raised more than $7 million for local South Florida programs assisted by Alonzo Mourning Charities and Wade’s World Foundation. The online auction for the event is now open, and proceeds will help both charities.