Seven of Tampa’s residents have, once again, been included on Forbes’ annual list of the wealthiest people in the world. At the top of the list of the Bay Area’s richest business owners is Ronald Wanek, founder of Ashley Furniture. Wanek was ranked at No. 480 on the overall list with a net worth of $5.2 billion.
Behind Ronald Wanek, at the overall No. 1,012 spot is Todd Christopher, a Clearwater-based entrepreneur and founder of Vogue International, a hair care company that was sold to Johnson & Johnson in 2016. Christopher carries a net worth of $3 billion.
Other billionaires on the list include:
- No. 1,163 Position: Eddie DeBartolo Jr., chairman and CEO of DeBartolo Holdings in Tampa ($2.6 billion net worth)
- No. 1,374 Position: Kenneth Feld, founder of Feld Entertainment ($2.3 billion net worth)
- No. 1,445 Position: Thomas James, inheritor of Raymond James Financial ($2.3 billion net worth)
- No. 1,513 Position: Robert Duggan, who sold biotech firm Pharmacyclics ($2 billion net worth)