Harry Wayne Huizenga (born December 29, 1937 in Evergreen Park, Illinois) is an American businessman who grew Blockbuster Video and Waste Management, Inc. into successful companies. He is the former owner of the National Football League's Miami Dolphins, the National Hockey League's Florida Panthers and the Major League Baseball's Florida Marlins. He graduated from the Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1955 and is an alumnus of Calvin College located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
H. Wayne Huizenga, Jr. is of Dutch descent. His parents, Gerrit Harry and Jean Huizenga, were both products of the Chicago Dutch community. Wayne was born in Evergreen Park, a Chicago suburb, on December 31, 1937. He has one sister, Jenna, who is five years younger. Wayne grew up in Evergreen Park until he was about 15 when the Huizinga family moved to Florida and settled in the Fort Lauderdale area.
Wayne spent part of his high school years in the Chicago area, where he attended Timothy Christian School. His family then moved to Florida, the remainder of his high school years were spent at Pine Crest School. Wayne is remembered by his Pine Crest teachers and classmates as a happy and popular student who played on the school's football team, was elected to senior class treasurer, and earned decent grades. After high school graduation Wayne moved back to Chicago where most of his friends, grandparents and other relatives still lived. In 1956 he enrolled at Calvin College, a liberal arts college in Grand Rapids, Michigan.