Tampa Bay Make it to the Forbes’ 2024 List of Billionaires


Tampa Bay’s influence in the world of wealth is unmistakable as seven residents from the area secure spots on Forbes’ prestigious list of billionaires for 2024.

Leading the pack positioned at No. 572 is Ronald Wanek, the founder of Ashley Furniture, based in St. Petersburg, with a staggering net worth of $5.3 billion.

Following closely is Robert Duggan, a well-known entrepreneur, ranked at No. 809 with a net worth of $3.9 billion. With his strategic sale of biotech firm Pharmacyclics to AbbVie in 2015, he cemented his status as a significant player in the business world.

Another great name on the list is Eddie DeBartolo Jr., former owner of the San Francisco 49ers and current head of DeBartolo Holdings in Tampa. His net worth is $3.3 billion, DeBartolo’s ventures in property development and investment continue to position him as a prominent figure.

Like father, like son, one could say, Todd Wanek, CEO of Ashley Furniture and son of Ronald Wanek, secures the 1033rd spot with a net worth of $3.2 billion. In the same rank is Todd Christopher, the visionary behind hair care products company Vogue International.

Rounding off the list are Kenneth Feld of Palmetto and Thomas James of St. Petersburg, both tied at No. 1,238 with a net worth of $2.7 billion each.

Forbes’ comprehensive list of billionaires serves as a testament to the region’s economic vitality and entrepreneurial spirit, positioning Tampa Bay as a hub for wealth creation and innovation.