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They’re entertainers, sports activities figures, enterprise leaders and politicians, all with one factor in widespread.
- Whether or not you want them or not, the people and entities who make up our inaugural Energy Gamers listing formed our metropolis in 2022.
The way it works: We mirrored on the previous 12 months’s headlines, thought of what’s coming in 2023 and polled you all, our expensive readers.
- The unscientific listing is produced solely by the Axios Native editorial staff and isn’t influenced by promoting in any approach.
This is the place we landed …
1. Tua Tagovailoa
Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has overcome persistent criticism and an early-season concussion to develop into an MVP candidate.
- Now, he is on the cusp of taking Miami to the playoffs for the primary time since 2016.
Largest transfer of 2022: After recovering from an damage that led the league to vary its concussion protocol, Tagovailoa led the Dolphins on a five-game successful streak.
What we’re watching: Whether or not Tagovailoa can end the 12 months sturdy, be the franchise quarterback of the long run and assist carry a Tremendous Bowl to Miami.
2. Ken Griffin
Ken Griffin, the founding father of multinational hedge fund Citadel, immediately grew to become the richest particular person in Florida when he introduced his reported $29 billion fortune to Miami this 12 months.
Largest transfer of 2022: Griffin moved Citadel’s international headquarters from Chicago to South Florida and purchased up $1 billion of the realm’s most coveted actual property.
What we’re watching: Griffin seems to have political ambitions. The GOP megadonor has already thrown his support behind Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis if he decides to run for president in 2024.
- Griffin has stated he may doubtlessly function Treasury secretary someday.
3. Yung Miami
Yung Miami (born Caresha Brownlee) went from promoting garments on Instagram to collaborating with Drake and forming the rap group City Girls.
- The Miami rapper additionally launched her personal podcast this 12 months referred to as “Caresha Please,” by which she interviews music stars like Megan Thee Stallion and Saweetie.
Largest transfer of 2022: Yung Miami was an govt producer for “Rap Sh!t” on HBO along with her Metropolis Women co-founder JT. The present, from “Insecure” creator and star Issa Rae, fictionalizes the rise of the feminine rap duo within the 305.
What we’re watching: Yung Miami wants to release another album and extra episodes of her podcast, which took a break in September. However there isn’t any phrase but on when both could come.
4. Jorge Mas
Jorge Mas, the billionaire chairman of Coral Gables-based building and engineering firm MasTec, is on to his subsequent act: soccer mogul.
Largest transfer of 2022: After years of backwards and forwards, Mas helped secure approval from town for Inter Miami’s new soccer stadium, Miami Freedom Park.
What we’re watching: Whether or not he is highly effective sufficient to carry Messi to Miami.
5. Daniella Levine Cava
In her second 12 months as Miami-Dade mayor, Daniella Levine Cava tackled main points that may rework our metro’s panorama within the many years to come back.
- A few of her efforts had been thwarted, together with the county fee’s overruling of her veto of a undertaking that might prolong improvement past the county’s Urban Development Boundary.
- Nevertheless, she scrapped a proposal to construct a privately operated monorail in favor of a Metromover extension to Miami Seashore, a undertaking value watching subsequent 12 months.
Largest transfer of 2022: Levine Cava declared a housing affordability crisis in Miami and proposed $500 million in funding for housing programs, which the County Fee authorised as a part of this 12 months’s price range.
- “This disaster calls for pressing motion, each to guard households dealing with excessive rents and evictions and broaden the provision of reasonably priced housing within the short- and long-term,” Levine Cava instructed Axios.
- Some housing advocates have criticized landlord subsidies in Levine Cava’s plan for benefiting middle-class families instead of lower-income residents.
What we’re watching: Levine Cava plans to announce an motion plan for tackling excessive warmth within the county subsequent week.
6. Billy Corben
- He additionally paperwork Miami’s story in actual time, utilizing his platform to criticize local politicians and draw consideration to what he finds incorrect with metropolis authorities.
- “It takes us greater than a 12 months to make a documentary, however in only a few minutes, I can share an necessary story about one thing occurring proper now on social media,” Corben instructed Axios. “And whereas Twitter could have a personality restrict, Miami has limitless characters.”
Largest transfer of 2022: Corben’s newest only-in-Miami documentary “God Forbid,” about an alleged sex scandal involving Christian evangelical chief Jerry Falwell Jr., has develop into Hulu’s most-watched documentary ever.
What we’re watching: Corben and producer Alfred Spellman — who kind the Miami Seashore-based studio Rakontur — simply wrapped their newest documentary, “The Last of the Cocaine Cowboys,” a four-part miniseries on Medellin cartel co-founder Carlos Lehder.
7. Camila Cabello
Camila Cabello left Palmetto Excessive, discovered fame with the singing group Fifth Concord, after which received over the remainder of the nation with hits like “Havana” and “Senorita.”
- Although she’s going international, we’ll at all times declare her for Miami. And it appears she loves us back.
Largest transfer of 2022: She landed one of the vital coveted jobs within the music business: a training gig on “The Voice.”
- Provided that simply 3.1% of lead actors in TV reveals are Latino, Cabello is actually blazing a path and exhibiting South Florida — and the world — how far a proficient Miami girl can go.
What we’re watching: What new heights Cabello may attain after switching record labels this 12 months.
8. Dave Grutman
Groot Hospitality founder Dave Grutman began out as a bartender and masterfully parlayed his relationships into constructing an empire.
- The Miami hospitality entrepreneur now wears many hats: nightclub proprietor, restaurateur, celeb wrangler and, even, college instructor.
Largest transfer of 2022: Grutman helped international famous person Unhealthy Bunny make his mark on Miami’s culinary scene by teaming as much as open Gekkō, a Japanese steakhouse in Brickell.
9. Solely in Dade
When you actually need to know who runs issues round right here, you want solely look to Instagram, the place energy is definitely quantified. The mayor of Miami has 138,000 followers. The account Only in Dade has 1 million.
- The group information and comedy account posts movies that seize the spirit of Miami and, someway, unite us all.
- It is like a unending bloopers present — on which any of us may be featured once we’re out and about, twerking on a cop automobile or by chance sinking our yacht within the Miami River.
Largest transfer of 2022: Marcello Hernández, identified for his comedy segments on Solely in Dade, joined the solid of “Saturday Evening Dwell.”