Harry Wayne Huizenga (born December 29, 1937 in Evergreen Park, Illinois) is the owner of 50% of the National Football League's Miami Dolphins. Events 1170 - Thomas Becket: Thomas Becket Archbishop of Canterbury is assassinated inside Canterbury Cathedral by followers of King Henry II Year 1937 ( MCMXXXVII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Evergreen Park is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The National Football League ( NFL) is the largest professional American football league. The Miami Dolphins are a professional American football team based in the Miami Florida Metropolitan Area. He was also former owner of the National Hockey League's Florida Panthers and former owner of the Major League Baseball's Florida Marlins. The National Hockey League ( NHL) is a professional Ice hockey league composed of 30 teams in North America The Florida Panthers are a professional Ice hockey team based in Sunrise Florida, a suburb of Ft The Florida Marlins are a professional baseball team based in Miami Gardens Florida. He graduated from the Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1955 and is an alumnus of Calvin College located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Pine Crest School is a College preparatory school with campuses in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale Florida. Fort Lauderdale, known as the "Venice of America" due to its expansive and intricate Canal system is a city in Broward County, Florida, Florida ( is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States, bordering Alabama to the northwest and Georgia to the Calvin College is a comprehensive Liberal arts College located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
H. Wayne Huizenga, Jr. is of Dutch descent. The Netherlands ( Dutch:, ˈnedərlɑnt is the European part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which consists of the Netherlands the Netherlands  His parents, Gerrit Harry and Jean Huizenga, were both products of the Chicago Dutch community. Wayne was born in Evergreen Park, a Chicago suburb, on December 29, 1937. Evergreen Park is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. Chicago (ʃɪˈkɑːgoʊ is the largest City by population in the state of Illinois and the American Midwest of the United States. He has one sister, Jean, who is five years younger. Wayne grew up in Evergreen Park until he was about 15 when the Huizenga family moved to Florida and settled in the Fort Lauderdale area.
Wayne spent part of his high school years in the Chicago area, where he attended Timothy Christian School. Timothy Christian School is a private, Coeducational School in Elmhurst, Illinois. His family then moved to Florida, the remainder of his high school years were spent at Pine Crest School. Florida ( is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States, bordering Alabama to the northwest and Georgia to the Pine Crest School is a College preparatory school with campuses in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale Florida. Wayne is remembered by his Pine Crest teachers and classmates as a happy and popular student who played on the school's football team, was elected to senior class treasurer, and earned decent grades. After high school graduation Wayne moved back to Chicago where most of his friends, grandparents and other relatives still lived. In 1956 he enrolled at Calvin College, a liberal arts college in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Calvin College is a comprehensive Liberal arts College located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Michigan ( is a Midwestern state of the United States of America.
In September 1959, Wayne enlisted in the Army reserve and spent six months in the service full time to complete his basic training. On September 10, 1960 he married Joyce VanderWagon, a woman with a Dutch background. The Dutch people ( Dutch:) are the dominant Ethnic group of the Netherlands. He had known Joyce since his early school years in Evergreen Park, Illinois. Evergreen Park is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. Wayne and Joyce had two children, Wayne Jr. and Scott. The marriage ended in divorce in 1966. Wayne married his second wife, Marti Goldsby in April 1972.
Starting with a single garbage truck in 1968, he grew Waste Management, Inc. into an entity that would become a Fortune 500 company. Waste Management Inc ( is a Waste management, comprehensive waste and environmental services company in North America. Huizenga aggressively purchased independent garbage hauling companies, and by the time he took the company public in 1972, he had completed the acquisition of 133 small-time haulers. Waste management is the collection Transport, processing, Recycling or disposal of Waste materials By 1983, he grew Waste Management into the largest waste disposal company in the United States. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the
Huizenga repeated his business success with Blockbuster Video, opening a handful of stores in 1987, and becoming the country's leading movie rental chain by 1994. Blockbuster Inc ( is the largest chain of DVD and Video game rental stores in the world Eventually, Huizenga would also build and acquire auto dealerships, from which in 1996 he formed AutoNation, which has become the nation's largest automotive dealer and a Fortune 500 company, and remains his most recent major business venture. AutoNation is a chain of auto dealerships founded by entrepreneur H Please do not add the complete list of fortune 500 companies The list is copyrighted by Fortune which makes money by selling the content Huizenga has been a five-time recipient of Financial World magazine's "CEO of the Year" award, and was the Ernst & Young "2005 World Entrepreneur of the Year". Ernst & Young is one of the largest Professional services firms in the world and one of the Big Four auditors, along with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC,
In late 2004, he sold his ownership share in a group of hotels that included The Hyatt Pier 66 Hotel and Radisson Bahia Mar Hotel & Marina in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, The Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Florida, and several others in Naples, Florida and Arizona. Fort Lauderdale, known as the "Venice of America" due to its expansive and intricate Canal system is a city in Broward County, Florida, Boca Raton ("bōkə rə-tōn" is a city in Palm Beach County, Florida incorporated in May 1925 Naples is a city in Collier County, Florida, USA. As of 1 July 2006, the U The State of Arizona ( is a state located in the southwestern region of the United States.
In 2004 Huizenga purchased the private luxury yacht Aussie Rules from golfer Greg Norman. The term luxury yacht refers to a very expensive privately owned Yacht which is professionally crewed Career outline Norman was born in Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia to Merv and Toini Norman The yacht cost $77 million and was further modified by Huizenga and now features a helipad for a twelve-seat helicopter. The word helipad is a portmanteau meaning helicopter landing pad, a landing area for Helicopters Though helicopters can usually land anywhere flat a fabricated History Since 400 AD Chinese children have played with bamboo flying toys. Aussie Rules was renamed Floridian and is still considered to be one of the most luxurious and famous such vessels (see List of motor yachts by length). This is a list of the world's longest motor Luxury yachts in order of their length The yacht can accommodate up to twelve guests and may be chartered for about $400,000 per week. 
Huizenga owns 50% of the Miami Dolphins, as well as half of Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens. The Miami Dolphins are a professional American football team based in the Miami Florida Metropolitan Area. Dolphin Stadium (previously known as Joe Robbie Stadium, Pro Player Park, Pro Player Stadium, and Dolphins Stadium) is a football This article is about the city in Miami-Dade County Florida. For the census-designated place in Broward County Florida, please see Miami Gardens Broward He purchased 50% of the team and their sports venue in 1990, during a period of financial hardships for the proud franchise. Long time owner Joe Robbie had recently died and his family found it difficult to keep the team afloat. Joseph "Joe" Robbie (b July 7, 1916 in Sisseton South Dakota &ndash January 7, 1990) was an American Lawyer In turn, Huizenga bought out the remaining shares of the team to become full owner in 1993. He then pulled the Joe Robbie name off the building and sold that space to a corporate sponsor who later went under (Pro Player). It has since been renamed Dolphin Stadium. Dolphin Stadium (previously known as Joe Robbie Stadium, Pro Player Park, Pro Player Stadium, and Dolphins Stadium) is a football On February 22, 2008, Huizenga sold 50% of the Miami Dolphins and 50% of Dolphin Stadium to a Stephen M. Ross, a New York City-based real estate developer and founder, chairman and CEO of The Related Companies. The Miami Dolphins are a professional American football team based in the Miami Florida Metropolitan Area. Dolphin Stadium (previously known as Joe Robbie Stadium, Pro Player Park, Pro Player Stadium, and Dolphins Stadium) is a football Stephen M Ross is a New York City -based real estate developer and is founder chairman and CEO of '''The Related Companies L The City of New York 
He introduced baseball and hockey to the South Florida area as the initial owner of the Florida Marlins and Florida Panthers. The Florida Marlins are a professional baseball team based in Miami Gardens Florida. The Florida Panthers are a professional Ice hockey team based in Sunrise Florida, a suburb of Ft He was criticized for naming his two teams for the state of Florida rather than the city of Miami, but as an advocate for the city of Fort Lauderdale, he explained that his goal was to include Broward County and Palm Beach County in his teams' fanbase. Broward County is a County located in the US state of Florida. Palm Beach County is located in the state of Florida. As of 2007 the county had a population of 1351236 according to the University of Florida Bureau of Economic (Indeed, Huizenga claimed at the time that he had not even considered naming the teams after "Miami" as an option, and that in his view the only legitimate choices had been "Florida," "South Florida," and "Tri-County. ") This goal of expanding the team's fan bases has not been achieved, as both the Marlins and Panthers have consistently finished near the bottom of their respective leagues in annual home attendance; the name has had little observable impact on the teams' popularity in Huizenga's favored suburbs, while decreasing their popularity among fans who identify themselves with the city of Miami.
Huizenga, in keeping with his previously stated intentions, sold the Marlins to current Boston Red Sox owner John Henry at the end of the 1998 season. The Boston Red Sox are a Professional baseball team based in Boston Massachusetts, and are the reigning (2007 World Series Champions. Early life Henry's parents were farmers and he split his time growing up between Illinois and Arkansas. Since then, however, relations between Huizenga and new Marlins management has been tepid, mainly because of stadium lease disagreements.
Huizenga operated the Panthers as a public holding company, buying numerous real estate properties in the name of his Panthers Holding Group. In 2001, Huizenga sold the Panthers to pharmaceutical juggernaut and friend Alan Cohen and his partner former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar, for a discount price. Alan Phillip Cohen ( October 5, 1954) is an American businessman best known for his ownership of the Florida Panthers hockey team The Cleveland Browns are a professional American football team based in Cleveland, Ohio. Bernard Joseph Kosar Jr (born November 25, 1963 in Youngstown Ohio) is a former American football Quarterback in the However, Huizenga maintained his status as owner of the BankAtlantic Center, from which he still collects all arena revenue. The BankAtlantic Center (previously known as Broward County Civic Arena, National Car Rental Center and Office Depot Center) is an indoor In all three team ownerships, he is very well known for minimizing costs while maximizing profits.
Huizenga is a large donor to Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. Nova Southeastern University ( NSU) is a selective Coeducational private Non-profit university in Davie, Florida, The business school at NSU is named H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship. The H Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship serves over 4800 bachelors masters and doctoral students in a variety of degree programs As well, Huizenga has donated to Pine Crest School, a private preparatory school, with their science building named the Huizenga Science Building after him. Pine Crest School is a College preparatory school with campuses in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale Florida. Mr. Huizenga was inducted into the Junior Achievement U. S. Business Hall of Fame in 2006.
H. Wayne Huizenga Received the prestigious Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans Award in 1992. Since he has taken an active role in giving out scholarships throughout Florida. His donations also help the National Scholar Scholarships presented annually by Horatio Alger. Horatio Alger named him the 2008 Norman Vincent Peale Award recipient, the highest honor bestowed upon any member of the Horatio Alger Association. The Horatio Alger Association is the largest need-based scholarship fund in the United States giving out millions of dollars in scholarships every year. For more information on H. Wayne Huizenga and Horatio Alger visit Horatio Alger.