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A wrestler, a website and maybe a billionaire go to the mat

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Is Hulk Hogan‘s courtroom cage match with Gawker being bankrolled by a high-tech billionaire with a grudge against the news-and-gossip site? Two months after Hogan won a $140 million invasion-of-privacy verdict against Gawker for posting a sex tape of him, news reports say the pro wrestler is secretly backed by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel. Thiel, who co-founded PayPal and was an early investor in Facebook, was outed as gay by a Gawker-owned website in 2007, and the Gawker…

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Forbes: Rays the least profitable major league baseball team again

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The Tampa Bay Rays are worth less money than any team in baseball, according to Forbes Magazine. Forbes ranks the team 30th, or last, among major league teams for the second straight season. The magazine said the Rays were worth $650 million. Last year, it said the team was worth $625 million. The Rays were last in attendance for the fourth straight season at 15,403 per game. Revenue in 2015 was $193 million, with $8 million in 2015 operating income,…

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Avik Roy now working for Marco Rubio campaign

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Avik Roy, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and opinion editor of Forbes, has joined the Marco Rubio presidential campaign. “@Avik Welcome to the team! Glad to have you on board,” Rubio tweeted on Monday morning. Earlier, Roy tweeted to his followers that he was now on Team Rubio. “No candidate expresses—and embodies—the American dream better than @MarcoRubio. I’m honored to be advising Sen. Rubio on policy. @TeamMarco.” Roy became a frequent face on cable news four years ago, when he served as a healthcare policy adviser to Mitt Romney. He is the founder…

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Three Florida women make Forbes list of 50 wealthiest self-made women

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Three Florida women have made the Forbes inaugural list of the nation’s 50 richest self-made women. Neerja Sethi tops the list of Florida’s wealthy ladies. She’s tied at number 14 with a net worth of $1.1 billion. Sethi lives in the posh Fisher Island just outside of Miami. According to the 2010 census, Fisher Island had a population of fewer than 500 people and the highest per capita income in the nation. Sethi co-founded an IT consulting and outsourcing company…

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Forbes: Value of Tampa Bay Buccaneers sinking

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A blog on reports that the value of the Buccaneers has sunk below $1 billion again: The season ticket waiting has essentially evaporated. Buc fans are angry at the lack of money being spent on players. Some blame Glazer’s highly leveraged purchase of Manchester United. It does not matter if that is true. What matters is that is what fans think is true. The Glazer family needs to plug this hole before it takes the Bucs down.

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Thanks to spouse, Charlie Crist is richest of the three leading U.S. Senate candidates.

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Charlie Crist is worth far more than either of the other leading candidates for U.S. Senate, Kendrick Meek and Marco Rubio – thanks to the assets of Crist’s wife, Carole Rome. Florida Trend reports that Crist, the Florida governor and no party affiliation candidate for U.S. Senate reported assets worth $466,063 in his annual state disclosure last year. Rome’s assets didn’t have to be included. In a federal disclosure, which requires candidates to list all marital assets, Crist lists between…

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Forbes columnist: Is Charlie Crist ‘America’s Worst Governor’?

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Charlie Crist is an extraordinarily gifted politician, known for his unpretentious and warm demeanor. He might also be America’s worst governor. Read the rest of this article from Forbes after the break. Among liberals and progressives, there is a puzzling admiration for Crist, long considered by Democratic and Republican veterans of Florida’s political scene to be something of an opportunist if not a lightweight. In May, Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne wrote a column suggesting that conservative discontent with Crist…

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