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Malcolm Glazer, Bucs Owner and Palm Beach Billionaire, Has Died

As corny as it sounds, Malcolm Glazer pretty much lived the American dream. He started working in his family's watch company at 8 years old and eventually became the 400th richest person in the world, according to Forbes. He lived in Palm Beach and owned both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Manchester United soccer team. Now the man with $2.4 billion is dead at 85.

Glazer, who looked a little like Richard Dreyfuss in the movie Jaws, was born in Rochester, New York, on August 15, 1928, and grew up one of seven kids. He worked with his dad as a kid and eventually dropped out of college to run a business similar to the family's. He made his fortune off of real estate and investments, moved to Palm Beach's "Billionaire's Row" in 1989, and started attending Palm Beach synagogue with his wife, Linda.

In 1995, the notoriously private man spent $192 million on a losing team: the Bucs.

The guys had three losing seasons in a row before Glazer stepped up to the plate. Then, miraculously, they started winning. Glazer switched the team colors, built Raymond James Stadium, and hired Jon Gruden, the coach who led the Bucs to a Super Bowl win during his first season.

In 2005, he bought a different kind of football team: Manchester United. He gained control of the $1.47 billion franchise by buying virtually all its shares. Fans flipped their shit, although Glazer insisted he was a huge fan of the beloved team. (Rumor was he'd never set foot in the stadium.) Regardless, his touch was magic: Man-U won five Premiere League titles and one from the Champions League.

Glazer's death was announced through the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He had been in poor health since suffering two strokes in April 2006. As one might expect of a reclusive man who rarely spoke with the media, his funeral services will be private. Glazer is survived by five sons, one daughter, and his wife, Linda.

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Allie Conti was a fellow at Miami New Times and a staff writer for New Times Broward-Palm Beach, where her writing won awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists. She's now the senior staff writer at Vice and a contributor to the New York Times, New York Magazine, and the Atlantic.