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 top businessman H. Wayne Huizenga.
H. Wayne Huizenga
Company: Miami Dolphins
What Made Him Haute: This Ft. Lauderdale resident is constantly lauded for his business acumen and rightfully so. Huizenga is the only person ever to be responsible for six companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange and to build three Fortune 1000 companies, one of which is Blockbuster, which he sold to Viacom in 1994 for $8.5 billion. Beyond that, he is the man responsible for bringing professional baseball to South Florida, when he was awarded the Florida Marlins in 1991. He followed that up by introducing the NHL to South Florida via the Florida Panthers in 1992. For around 15 years, he was also the majority owner of the Miami Dolphins and Dolphin Stadium, making him the only man to have owned all three professional sports teams in a region. He sold all but 5 percent ownership of the Dolphins to Stephen Ross last year.
What Makes Him Haute Now: As a billionaire businessman and former Miami Dolphins majority owner, Huizenga knows a thing or two about making it big. Always on the lookout for an opportunity, he has recently purchased the Federica Club, an exclusive golf club developed by Sea Island Co. Concerning the recent purchase, Huizenga was quoted as saying, “We intend to build on this strong foundation using the experience and expertise we have acquired owning and managing golf and resort properties around the country.” The Federica Club residents enjoy the amenities of an equestrian center, a freshwater lake, and a renowned golf course.