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H. Wayne Huizenga

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Net worth 2018: $2.81 Billion
Industry: Investments
Residence: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Country: United States
BirthDay: 29 December 1937
Sigh: Capricorn
Children: 4
Education: Drop Out, Calvin College

H. Wayne Huizenga was bornon 29 December 1937 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States. H. Wayne Huizenga is #842 in List Billionaires People In The World. H. Wayne Huizenga hit it big in several industries, starting with garbage collection. At 25, Huizenga started a waste pickup service, and within 5 year had consolidated 100 other pickup companies into giant Waste Management. After taking Waste Management public in 1971, he bought and expanded Blockbuster Video before selling it to Viacom for $8.4 billion in 1994. He also created waste disposal firm Republic Services, lodging firm Extended Stay America and car retailer AutoNation. In 2015, Huizenga sold the U.S. operations of Swisher, a service to clean bathrooms at restaurants and shops, to hygiene firm Ecolab for $40 million.


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On January 19, 2018 the Florida Panthers honored Huizenga by retiring the number 37 his birth year and lucky number


The couple remained married until her death on 3 January 2017, following a fourteen-year battle with cancerIn 2003, Huizenga's son, Robert Ray Huizenga, while driving a Range Rover under the influence of alcohol, hit 71-years old Irwin Louis Feigenbaum as he crossed Las Olas Boulevard, leaving him with a concussion, a gashed head and a broken elbow


In 2012, the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida renamed Southeast 9th Street in the Rio Vista neighborhood "Wayne Huizenga Blvd"


He renamed his yacht Floridian, before selling, in 2010, the Floridian club and estate to Texas entrepreneur Jim Crane


Huizenga remained the managing general partner of the franchise until January 2009, when he sold another 45 percent of the team and as much of the stadium to Ross


He was named their 2008 Norman Vincent Peale Award recipient


Since this was young Huizenga's third DUI conviction in a decade, it was automatically rated a felony and, in 2007, he was sentenced to serve 120 days in prison, the judge declining probation


In 2004, Wayne Huizenga purchased the private luxury yacht Aussie Rules from the Australian professional golfer Greg Norman


$150 million to commodities trader John Henry, who would go on to sell the franchise in order to finance his 2002 acquisition of the Boston Red Sox


In 2001, he sold the Panthers to pharmaceutical businessman and friend Alan Cohen and Cohen's partner, former NFL quarterback Bernie Kosar, for approximately $100 million


Economist Andrew Zimbalist commented that "Huizenga made a killing when he sold the team for $150 million [in 1998] and had the lease for this stadium that enabled him to keep just about all the stadium revenue


In the 1997 season, they made the play-offs for the first time in their history and went on to win the World Series, defeating the Cleveland Indians in seven games


In 1996, he based there the Floridian Golf & Yacht Club, an exclusive golf club "with enough estate homes on the property to cover his costs," whose course was designed by Gary Player, where he extends free privileges to some two hundred "friends, relatives, and business associates," including actors Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones and retired General Electric Corp


In 1994, Huizenga's brother-in-law attempted to purchase the NBA's Miami Heat, but was unsuccessful


In turn, Huizenga bought out the remaining shares of the team to obtain total ownership in 1993


"In 1992, Huizenga was named a "Distinguished American" by the Horatio Alger Association in 1992 for his funding of scholarships throughout Florida


In the early 1990s, Huizenga served a 2-year probationary period with the National Football League as an owner, with the stipulation that he not buy another team


Huizenga repeated the process with Blockbuster Video, acquiring a handful of stores in 1987, with the company becoming the country's leading movie-rental chain by 1994


In the 1980s, he began acquiring some 2,000 acres about 30 miles north of West Palm Beach


Huizenga married his second wife, Martha Jean "Marti" (née Pike) Goldsby, a native of San Antonio, Florida, in April 1972


Beginning with a single garbage truck in 1968, and pursuing customers in an aggressive manner, he created Waste Management, Inc


On September 10, 1960, he married Joyce VanderWagon, a woman with a Dutch background, whom he met while in high school


After high school graduation in 1956, he moved back to Chicago where most of his friends, grandparents and other relatives still lived, and enrolled at Calvin College, a liberal arts college in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but he dropped out before the end of his sophomore year


In early 1953, the Huizenga family moved to Florida and settled in the Fort Lauderdale area


He was born at Little Company of Mary Hospital, in Evergreen Park, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, on 29 December 1937


In Fort Lauderdale, he started a garbage hauling business, as his grandfather had done in Chicago in 1894

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