Republican candidate for governor Ron DeSantis got a hefty check this month from one of the world’s richest men.
Kenneth C. Griffin of Illinois donated $5 million to DeSantis on October 3. Griffin, who founded a Chicago-based hedge fund called Citadel, is listed by Forbes as the 45th wealthiest person in America, with a net worth of $10 billion. He grew up in Daytona Beach and attended Harvard.
The $5 million contribution for DeSantis comes after two other big checks – campaign finance records show that Griffin sent $500,000 to the Friends of Ron DeSantis Political Action Committee in May and another $250,000 in June.
Griffin is known for setting records when he buys property, including spending $230 million on a 12-acre-plus tract in Palm Beach near President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago. (He started building a massive oceanfront mansion there but later pulled the plug on it).
Griffin also bought the most expensive home in Chicago, bought the priciest home in Miami (a $60 million penthouse at the Faena House luxury condominium) and a $200 million home overlooking Central Park in New York City that in 2015 was the most expensive single residential real estate deal in U.S. history. An art collector, he paid a whopping $500 million for two paintings in 2016; one ($300 million) by Willem de Kooning and another ($200 million) by Jasper Johns.