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As Florida Trend set out to identify the 500 most influential Floridians, we knew we needed a way to organize our thinking. We decided to start with the categories used by the Bureau of Economic Analysis of the U.S. Department of Commerce. We also developed some rules of thumb: No elected officials, no more than three people from any one firm.

We tried to avoid defaulting to the CEO’s of companies on our 350 Biggest Companies list. Longevity mattered. Visibility didn’t necessarily equal influence. We didn’t just look for statewide figures – as Florida is a state of communities, and there are some very influential people with plenty of clout where they live but who don’t necessarily carry much

weight in other parts of Florida. We also decided we’d have a Living Legends category – not counted against the final 500 – that includes people of enduring influence, some of whom are more active than others. Making the final choices wasn’t easy… but given our approach, the guidelines we adhered to, we are proud of the list.

Due to the sheer size of Florida and the complicated calculus of “influence,” we are sure that opinions on some of our selections will vary. If you feel we left out obvious choices, or erred in others, let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.


A Wealth of Influence
Publisher’s Letter
Much More Than a List
Editor’s Letter

THE FLORIDA 500

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Florida 500, a special section that highlights the 500 most influential executives in different economic sectors throughout the state. This immense, year-long research initiative by the editors of Florida Trend has resulted in a personal, engaging look at the states most influential business leaders.


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The 2018 Florida 500 print edition is now available

The editorial staff of Florida Trend recognizes Florida’s most influential business leaders spanning across more than 60 business categories.  The editorial selection of the 500 executives was based on extensive contacts in regional business circles, hundreds of interviews and months of research, culminating in a highly selective biographical guide to the people who really run Florida

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The 500 executives are selected based on extensive contacts in regional business circles, multiple interviews, months of research, culminating in a highly selective biographical guide to the people who really run Florida.

Unprecedented in scope, the Florida 500 is the product of year-long research initiative by the editors of Florida Trend resulting in a personal, engaging look at the state’s most influential business leaders across major industries.

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