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Jeff Greene says he thought about running for president

via @NickNehamas

Palm Beach real-estate developer Jeff Greene, valued by Forbes at $3.3 billion, says he briefly thought about throwing his hat in the 2016 presidential ring.

"I was approached by a lot of people when Hillary [Clinton] was struggling who called me up and said, 'Jeff, why don't you get in this Democratic primary? You could be the intelligent, articulate business voice. Sort of like the other side to Carly Fiorina," said Greene, who lost the 2010 Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in Florida to then-U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek.

"It's always tempting to get back into politics," Greene told the Miami Herald reporter in a phone interview last week.

But the real-estate mogul, who's developing two 30-story mixed-use towers in downtown West Palm Beach, said his business and family commitments come first.

"I have three little kids, and I like picking them up at school every day," he said.

He's staying on the sidelines of the Democratic primaries for president and for Senate in Florida.

"I'm going to wait for the general election," he said. "I want to let the primaries take their course."

Greene said he's focused these days on one key political issue: the hollowing out of the middle class.

He's organizing a three-day conference in Palm Beach in early December called "Closing the Gap: Solutions for an Inclusive Economy."

Greene said speakers will include Tony Blair, Eric Cantor, Niall FergusonTom Friedman, Henry KissingerRobert ReichNouriel Roubini and Mark Warner.

--NICHOLAS NEHAMAS

 

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