45 Canadians Are Billionaires

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CBJ — At no time in history has there been as many Canadian billionaires as there are now — 45 to be exact. David Thomson is far and away the richest at $32.5 billion, with a global rank of 27th.

The richest person in the world remains Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos followed by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett.  It’s estimated that Bezos could have a personal fortune of $131 billion. It’s estimated Gates has about $96.5 billion followed by Buffett at $82.5 billion.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal fortune, which has often been the source of great mystery, has been pegged at $3.1 billion.

At the age of 21, American celebrity Kylie Jenner has officially become the youngest billionaire in history, beating the record that had been set by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Below is a list of the 45 Canadian billionaires according to Forbes. Figures are in USD

CANADIAN RANK GLOBAL RANK NAME NET WORTH SOURCE OF WEALTH PRIMARY RESIDENCE
1 27 David Thomson & family $32.5 billion Media Toronto, Ont.
2 147 Joseph Tai $9.5 billion E-commerce Hong Kong
3 174 Galen Weston & family $8.4 billion Retail Toronto, Ont.
4 209 James Irving $7 billion Diversified Saint John, N.B.
5 272 Jim Pattison $6 billion Diversified Vancouver, B.C.
6 298 David Cheriton $5.8 billion Technology Palo Alto, Calif.
7 343 Emanuele (Lino) Saputo & family $5.1 billion Dairy Quebec, Que.
8 413 Garrett Camp $4.6 billion Technology San Francisco, Calif.
9 424 Mark Scheinberg $4.5 billion Online gambling Isle of Man, U.K.
10 568 Alain Bouchard $3.7 billion Retail Montreal, Que.
11 597 Chip Wilson $3.6 billion Fashion Vancouver, B.C.
12 667 Arthur Irving $3.3 billion Oil Saint John, N.B.
13 715 Huang Chulong $3.1 billion Real estate Shenzhen, China
14 715 Daryl Katz $3.1 billion Pharmacies Edmonton, Alta.
15 745 Bob Gaglardi $3 billion Hotels Vancouver, B.C.
16 775 Peter Gilgan $2.9 billion Homebuilding Oakville, Ont.
17 838 Mitchell Goldhar $2.7 billion Real estate Toronto, Ont.
18 877 Lawrence Stroll $2.6 billion Fashion Geneva, Switzerland
19 962 Jean Coutu $2.4 billion Pharmacies Montreal, Que.
20 962 Robert Miller $2.4 billion Electronics Montreal, Que.
21 1,008 Charles Bronfman $2.3 billion Liquor Montreal, Que.
22 1,008 Carlo Fidani $2.3 billion Real estate Toronto, Ont.
23 1,227 Serge Godin $1.9 billion Technology Westmount, Que.
24 1,281 Jacques D’Amours $1.8 billion Retail Montreal, Que.
25 1,281 Michael Lee-Chin $1.8 billion Mutual funds Burlington, Ont.
26 1,349 Marcel Adams & family $1.7 billion Real estate Montreal, Que.
27 1,349 Hal Jackman $1.7 billion Insurance and investments Toronto, Ont.
28 1,349 Pierre Karl Peladeau $1.7 billion Media Montreal, Que.
29 1,425 Stephen Jarislowsky $1.6 billion Money management Montreal, Que.
30 1,425 Tobi Lutke $1.6 billion E-commerce Ottawa, Ont.
31 1,425 Gerald Schwartz $1.6 billion Finance Toronto, Ont.
32 1,511 N. Murray Edwards $1.5 billion Oil and gas London, U.K.
33 1,605 Brandt Louie $1.4 billion Pharmacies Vancouver, B.C.
34 1,605 Stephen Smith $1.4 billion Finance and investments Toronto, Ont.
34 1,605 Peter Szulczewski $1.4 billion E-commerce San Francisco, Calif.
36 1,717 Bruce Flatt $1.3 billion Money management Toronto, Ont.
37 1,717 Dani Reiss $1.3 billion Fashion Toronto, Ont.
38 1,818 Terence (Terry) Matthews $1.2 billion Telecommunications Ottawa, Ont.
39 1,818 K. Rai Sahi $1.2 billion Real estate Mississauga, Ont.
40 1,941 Jack Cockwell $1.1 billion Real estate and private equity Toronto, Ont.
41 1,941 Mark Leonard & family $1.1 billion Software Toronto, Ont.
42 2,057 Ronnen Harary $1 billion Toys Toronto, Ont.
43 2,057 Guy Laliberte $1 billion Entertainment Montreal, Que.
44 2,057 Anton Rabie $1 billion Toys Toronto, Ont.
45 2,057 V. Prem Watsa $1 billion Insurance and investments Toronto, Ont.

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