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Tom Golisano

Tom Golisano, 2006
Tom Golisano, 2006
Personal information
Birth nameBlase Thomas Golisano
Birth dateNovember 14, 1941(age 73)
ResidenceNaples, Florida, USA
Alma materAlfred State College
Occupationbusinessman and philanthropist
Known forFounder of Paychex, founding member of Independence Party of New York
Net worth(+) US $ 1.4 billion (est.)
(February 2010)
SpouseDivorced, 2 children

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Blase Thomas Golisano (born November 14, 1941) is an American businessman and philanthropist. He is the founder of Paychex, the second-largest payroll processor in the United States and former co-owner (along with real estate developer Larry Quinn) of the Buffalo Sabres hockey team and of the Buffalo Bandits lacrosse team. He officially sold the team and its assets to multi-billionaire Terrence Pegula in February of 2011. Golisano has an associate's degree from Alfred State College.

He is a founding member of the Independence Party of New York, and ran for governor of New York in 1994, 1998 and 2002 on its ticket. Although he lost each time, he increased his percentage of the vote. He spent a combined $93 million on the three campaigns. In 2002, Golisano challenged New York Governor George Pataki as the candidate of the Independence Party. By receiving more than 50,000 votes each time, Golisano brought the Independence Party an automatic ballot line for the succeeding four years. There was speculation that he would run for governor on the Republican ticket, but he announced on May 15, 2009 that he was moving to Florida to escape New York state taxes.

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Sabres owner Golisano speaks, but says nothing - Tweet this news owner -Tom Golisano- was there with minority owner Larry Quinn. The Canadian Press asked Golisano about selling the team to Terry Pegula. ... - Date : Wed, 08 Dec 2010 00:48:58 GMT+00:00
Storm brings out the best in people - Buffalo News Tweet this news
Buffalo News--If I had a nickel for every time I heard “turn your wheel,” “rock it” and “once you're out, gun it” on Thursday, I would have -Tom Golisano's- money and could ... - Date : Wed, 08 Dec 2010 12:00:30 GMT+00:00
NHL Board of Governors Meeting Wraps Up; Golisano Still Mum on Sabres' Sale - WBEN 930 Tweet this news
WBEN 930--Buffalo Sabres majority owner -Tom Golisano- and minority owner Larry Quinn were both in Florida for the Board of Governors meeting. ... - Date : Wed, 08 Dec 2010 01:28:50 GMT+00:00
NHL Optimistic, Although Some Franchises Are Troubled - New York Times Tweet this news
New York Times---Tom Golisano-, the Buffalo Sabres' principal owner, would not say whether he has entertained a bid for the club from Terry Pegula, the oil and gas drilling ... - Date : Wed, 08 Dec 2010 00:40:07 GMT+00:00
Are the Bush tax cuts necessary? - UMD Statesman Tweet this news
UMD Statesman---Tom Golisano-, owner and founder of Paychex payroll, the second largest payroll processor in the country, moved from New York to Florida. Why? ... - Date : Wed, 08 Dec 2010 22:01:42 GMT+00:00

Party political offices
Preceded by
Party Didn't Exist
Independence Party Nominee for Governor of New York
1994, 1998, and 2002
Succeeded by
Eliot Spitzer

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