Harry Wayne Huizenga was an American businessman and former owner of Blockbuster Entertainment and three Florida sports teams. Five-time recipient of Financial World magazine's CEO of the Year award, he was known for his philanthropy and entrepreneurial spirit. Owing to his acumen, he was honored with Ernst & Young 2005 World Entrepreneur of the Year award. Huizenga died at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on the night of March 22, 2018.
Born in Evergreen Park, Illinois, on December 29, 1937, he attended Timothy Christian School until his mid-teens. He along with his family shifted to Florida where he joined Pine Crest School. A college dropout Huizenga started a garbage hauling business and created Waste Management Inc. an entity that eventually became a Fortune 500 company. A restless businessman, he later expanded into car dealerships, hotels and video, turning Blockbuster into a major brand.
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