Haute 100 Miami Update: H. Wayne Huizenga

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Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—MiamiNew YorkLos 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

Category: Billionaires

Company: Miami Dolphins

Industry: Sports

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: “Wayne Huizenga is not only exemplary as an entrepreneur, but he is a consummate salesman,” said president George Hanbury while declaring his pride that the former’s name would be associated with the new Sales Institute at Nova Southeastern University in addition Nova’s H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business, which already proudly displays his name. This is as a result of Huizenga’s latest gift to the university, the sales institute, which will open this semester. “I was instantly impressed with the Sales Institute concept and NSU’s commitment to arm students with effective skills that will give them a competitive edge in the business world,” he said at the 13 Grand Opening Celebration. “I have always recognized the importance of strong sales skills as a fundamental attribute for business success, and am proud to have my name associated with this remarkable Sales Institute.”

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