Friday, October 7, 2011

If I had 10 billion dollars: Here are Canada's wealthiest people


Toronto's Thomson family remains the wealthiest in Canada despite a tough year that saw their fortune significantly decline, according to a new list of this country's 100 richest people.
Despite a dip of 8.7 per cent from the previous year, the family behind Thomson Reuters and Woodbridge Co. Ltd. has a net worth of $21.34 billion, according to Canadian Business magazine.
It is the 13th year in a row the Thomson family has been dubbed this country's richest by the magazine, which released its newest ranking Thursday.
In second place was Galen Weston, the businessman behind George Weston Ltd., grocery giant Loblaw Cos. Ltd. and clothing company Holt Renfrew.
Weston's fortune was still a whopping $8 billion, even after losing an estimated 5.8 per cent from 2010.
The highest climber on the Rich 100 is Chip Wilson, who jumped from No. 49 last year to No. 15 this year, thanks to investor interest in his Vancouver-based fitness clothing company, Lululemon. His worth rose this year by 128 per cent to $2.85 billion. In 2009, Wilson ranked in at No. 78.
Kapuskasing, Ont.'s Hollywood darling, producer James Cameron, debuted this year at No. 94, with $650 million.
Nova Scotia's Jodrey family — which has a hand in several industries, including nursing homes, real estate, transportation, pulp and paper mills and frozen foods — squeaked in at No. 100 with a $559-million bankroll.
Top 20 wealthiest Canadians (with percentage change from 2010)
1. Thomson family (Toronto) — $21.34 billion (-8.7)
2. Galen Weston (Toronto) — $8 billion (-5.8)
3. Irving Family (Saint John, N.B.) — $7.8 billion (+4.5)
4. Rogers family (Toronto) — $5.94 billion (-1.3)
5. James Pattison (Vancouver) — $5.73 billion (+3.7)
6. Saputo family (Montreal) — $4.34 billion (+23.5)
7. Paul Desmarais Sr. (Montreal) — $4.27 billion (-0.2)
8. Jeff Skoll (Palo Alto, California) — $3.75 billion (+5.3)
9. Fred and Ron Mannix (Calgary) — $3.44 billion (+8.3)
10. Bernard Sherman (Toronto) — $3.31 billion (-16)
11. Clay Riddell (Calgary) — $3.19 billion (+67.4)
12. Carlo Fidani (Toronto) — $3.18 billion (+10.2)
13. David Azrieli (Montreal) — $3.07 billion (+4.7)
14. Richardson family (Winnipeg) — $3.01 billion (+5.1)
15. Chip Wilson (Vancouver) —$2.85 billion (+128)
16. Harrison McCain family (Florenceville, N.B.) — $2.82 billion (+8.6)
17. Robert Friedland (Singapore) — $2.81 billion (+7.3)
18. Daryl Katz (Edmonton) — $2.8 billion (+8)
19. Frank Stronach (Austria) — $2.7 billion (+38.3)
20. Alan, Clayton and Barry Zekelman (Windsor, Ont.) — $2.62 billion (+1.4)
Source: Canadian Business magazine