College football stars shine in private equity

The second-oldest of nine siblings, it would have been easy for Will Weatherford to make his career mark solo, without being smothered by family.

He was on his way, first in real estate and soon after in politics. On the latter, Weatherford, a Republican, had a meteoric rise: He went from campaign employee to Florida State House representative to Speaker of the House in roughly a decade. He represented Wesley Chapel.

But Weatherford didn’t think much about going to work with any of his five brothers. At least not until November 2014, when his Speaker term ended. That’s when Weatherford, now 39, and two of his brothers, Sam, 36, and Drew, 34, chatted about going into business together. The other Weatherfords had been in finance and private equity, and that interested Will Weatherford.

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