Canadian Billionaires – Who are the Richest People in Canada?‘
Almost all annual listings of the world’s richest people mention the same names year after year. On the top of these lists you will find Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. Although the lists are generally accurate, you will often observe an American-centric pattern, wherein entrepreneurial skills and wealth of the country’s northern neighbor are often overlooked. Canada has its share of top richest people and even if recession has affected the Billionaire Balance Sheets of 2008 to 2009, the top richest people in the world have $2 trillion in asset valuation. Forbes, the trusted magazine all around the globe when it comes to entrepreneurial stories and news, came up with the list of 10 richest Canadians for 2009. The list includes a brief background on how these top 10 richest Canadians became very wealthy and successful. All figures below are in US dollars, unless otherwise stated.
1. David Thomson and family – media conglomerate – $13 billion
David Thomson is the reputed grandson of Roy Thomson who is the founder of the Thomson Corporation. The company started out as a book publishing enterprise. Today, it continues to be one of the premier textbook providers for higher education in the world. The company grew even more as it got involved in information technology and electronic media. It dominates the healthcare, science, financial services, and the law sectors. It acquired Reuters News last 2007 and is currently known as the Thomson Reuters.
2. Galen Weston and family – retail – $5 billion
This family owns a couple of giant retail establishments in the UK and Canada, which include Loblaws, Selfridges, and the Holt Renfrew. Galen Weston is the descendant of George Weston, who founded the George Weston Bakeries Ltd. as a food business. Weston’s Loblaws is the largest retailer in Canada, with net sales amounting to more than $30 billion Canadian dollars in 2008.
3. James, Arthur, and Jack Irving – oil and other natural resources – $3.9 billion
The Irving brothers are the sons of the Canadian oil king billionaire K.C. Irving, who passed away in 1992. The three brothers took over the family’s natural resource holdings and divided these based on their personal responsibilities and expertise. Arthur Irving manages the Irving Oil and its various retail sites in Canada, plus transportation and refineries. Jack Irving, on the other hand, handles the engineering, steel fabricating, and construction entities of the company. James Irving is the one handling the parent company, which focuses on forestry, shipbuilding, and other types of transportation.
4. Paul Desmarais, Sr. – transportation and finance – $2.6 billion
Paul started out as the manager of their family business, the Desmarais’s bus service. He began to acquire other lines and created a holding enterprise that eventually branched out to other fields such as life insurance and publishing. He always made sure to personally oversee the financial aspect of his businesses. As of today, Paul’s Power Corporation of Canada …