H. Wayne Huizenga, who built Waste Management, Blockbuster and AutoNation into powerhouse companies, died at age 80, the Sun-Sentinel of South Florida reported Friday.
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Huizenga honed expertise building fractured industries into conglomerates and dominated trash collection, automotive sales and video sales.
In the early 1990s, he owned three of South Florida's professional sports teams: the Miami Dolphines, the Florida Panthers and the Florida Marlins. Under Huizenga, the Marlins won the World Series and the Panthers reached the Stanley Cup Finals.
His net worth of $2.8 billion in 2017 made him the 288th wealthiest person in America, according to Forbes.
The Sun-Sentinel reported that Huizenga got his start by borrowing $5,000 from his father to buy a truck and started a garbage route. Seven years later, his company operated 20 trucks in Florida.
Waste Management resulted from the merger of his company with three Chicago-based trash haulers, including two descended from his grandfather's trash-hauling business. Waste Management went public in 1971.
A philanthropist, Huizenga made $2.6 million in contributions in 2015 alone through his family foundation, the Sun-Sentinel reported.