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List of Canadians by net worth

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The following list of Canadians by net worth includes the 25 wealthiest Canadian individuals and families as determined by Canadian Business. The biweekly publication, Canadian Business has published an annual ranking of the wealthiest Canadian individuals and families since 1998.[1] In addition to the annual rankings published by Canadian Business, a number of Canadians are also featured in The World's Billionaires by Forbes, and the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Number of billionaires

According to Canadian Business, in November 2017 there were at least 100 Canadian billionaires when using the Canadian dollar to evaluate net worth.[2] However, the 2019 edition of The World's Billionaires by Forbes listed only 45 Canadians that were billionaires when using the United States dollar to evaluate net worth.[3] In the 2019 edition of The World's Billionaires, the only Canadians listed in its top 100 was David Thomson and family; placing 27th in the listing with an estimated net worth of US$32.5 billion.[3] As of August 2020, 15 of the top 500 billionaires in the world were Canadian, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index published in August 2020.[4]

Several Canadian individuals/families that hold multiple citizenships have a net worth exceeding C$1 billion, although are not listed as Canadians by the aforementioned publications. The fourth wealthiest individual listed in the 2020 Bloomberg Billionaire Index, Elon Musk, is a Canadian citizen;[5] although both Bloomberg's and Forbes listing of billionaires list Musk as an American.[4][6][note 1] In November 2020, the Bloomberg Billionaire Index announced that Musk had surpassed Bill Gates to become the second-richest person in the world with an estimated net worth of nearly US$128 billion.[7] However, these claims were contested by Forbes, who estimate Musk's net worth is approximately US$120 billion.[8] Although Forbes had acknowledged that Musk had surpassed Gates in net worth in the past month, they also noted that Gates was previously listed as the third-most wealthiest individual in their own listings, meaning Musk became the third-most wealthiest individual in Forbes' listing of world billionaires.[8]


The following is a list of the 25 wealthiest Canadians individuals and families, according to Canadian Business in November 2017.[1]

List of wealthiest Canadians (Canadian Business, November 2017)
No. Name Net worth (CAD) Change in net worth from 2016 Residence[2] Sources of wealth
1 David Thomson and family $41.14 billion Increase 5.2% Toronto Thomson Reuters, The Woodbridge Company
2 Joseph Tsai $14.36 billion Increase 73.6% Hong Kong, China Alibaba
3 Galen Weston and family $13.55 billion Increase 2.6% Toronto George Weston Limited, Associated British Foods, Loblaw Companies, Holt Renfrew
4 Edward Rogers III and family $11.57 billion Increase 26.9% Toronto Rogers Communications
5 Lino Saputo and family $10.41 billion Decrease 1.8% Montreal Saputo Incorporated, TransForce
6 Garrett Camp $8.58 billion Decrease 3.9% San Francisco, United States Uber, StumbleUpon
7 Paul Desmarais and family $8.38 billion Increase 24.9% Montreal Power Corporation of Canada
8 Arthur Irving, James Irving, John Irving $7.38 billion Decrease 3.5% Saint John Irving Group of Companies
9 James Armstrong Richardson and family $6.55 billion Increase 10.1% Winnipeg Richardson International
10 Jim Pattison $6.41 billion Increase 11.7% Vancouver Jim Pattison Group
11 Jeffrey Skoll $6.13 billion Increase 11.3% Palo Alto, United States eBay, Participant
12 Richard Li $5.99 billion Increase 34.9% Hong Kong, China PCCW
13 Azrieli family $5.83 billion Increase 23.3% Montreal Azrieli Group
14 Carlo Fidani $4.89 billion Increase 0.6% Toronto Orlando Corporation
15 Bernard Sherman estate $4.77 billion Increase 3.2% Toronto Apotex
16 Wallace McCain estate $4.51 billion Increase 10.5% Toronto McCain Foods, Maple Leaf Foods
17 David Cheriton $4.19 billion Increase 26.2% Palo Alto, United States Arista Networks, Google
18 Alain Bouchard $4.13 billion Decrease 4.6% Montreal Alimentation Couche-Tard
19 Daryl Katz $4.05 billion Steady Edmonton Katz Group of Companies
20 Michael Lee-Chin $3.95 billion Increase 21.2% Burlington Portland Holdings, NCB Financial Group
21 Tom Gaglardi and family $3.92 billion Increase 10.4% Vancouver Northland Properties
22 Apostolopoulos family $3.9 billion Increase 35.9% Toronto Triple Group
23 Harrison McCain estate $3.79 billion Increase 2.4% Florenceville McCain Foods
24 Zekelman family $3.46 billion Increase 63.2% Windsor Atlas Tube
25 Mark Scheinberg $3.37 billion Increase 2.1% London, United Kingdom PokerStars

Measuring the wealth of high-net-worth families in Canada

Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada uses the Survey Financial Security Public Use Microdata File (SFS PUMF) as their principal "family wealth microdata product".[9]:1,3

Parliamentary Budget Officer

In September 2019, the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO)—an independent, non-partisan office that supports the work of parliamentarians by providing authoritative financial and economic analysis of issues related to public monies—published a two-page cost estimate of the "fiscal revenues of an annual tax on the net wealth of high-net-worth families above $20 million".[9]:3 The report was one of 200, requested by the political parties in the months leading up to the 2019 federal election.[9]:3 At that time, the main "family wealth microdate product" used by Statistics Canada—the Survey Financial Security Public Use Microdata File (SFS PUMF)—was found to result in "underreporting" and "missing data."[9]:1,3 In their 2017 list that ranked Canada's top 100 richest people, Toronto-based Rob McEwen of McEwen Mining, ranked 100 with a net worth of C$875 million, while number 1 on the list—the Toronto-based Thomson family of Thomson Reuters—had a net worth of C$39.13 billion.[10] But the SFS PUMF only reported on the wealth of families with $27 million or less.[9]:3

In their June 2020 report, the PBO introduced their new "analytic resource" developed to "address the data gap." Their new modelling approach provides a more reliable estimate of family wealth at the top tail of wealth distribution in Canada. Using publicly available data from Canadian Business (CB) magazine and Statistics Canada's micro dataset, the OPBO created a new synthetic micro dataset called the High-net-worth Family Database (HFD) that recalibrates the SFS PUMF by adding a "synthetic dataset of families with wealth over $3 million".[9]:1 Using the more finely grained micro data base, PBO found that the share of the wealth held by top 1% wealthiest Canadian families is 12% higher than the share previously reported using the SFS PUMF. The PBO says that the discrepancy may be due to higher incidences of high net worth families not responding to the SFS.[9]:1 For example, comparing the two surveys based on 2016 data, the SFS PUMF had estimated the wealth held by the top 1% wealthiest Canadians as 13.7%, while the newer calibrated database HFD produced an estimate of 25.6%.[9]:1


Bloomberg L.P. maintains a daily ranking of the net worth analysis in US$ of the world’s richest people in the world on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, which is updated "at the close of every trading day in New York". The results are published on the profile page of each individual billionaire.[11] On September 30, 2020, Joseph Tsai ranked 111th in the world with a net worth analysis of US$15 billion. His most recent change in net worth showed an increase of US$671 million and by YTD an increase of US$2.91 billion.[11] Three members of the Thomson family were listed as individuals, not as a family economic unit.[11]

Canadian Business

Every year, the Canadian Business magazine publishes a complete annual ranking of the "100 wealthiest individuals and families in Canada", an "annual guide to the richest people in Canada—how much they're worth, how they made their fortunes, and the companies that got them there."[10] The most recent available list is updated to 2018.[12] Examples of previous years include 2017,[10] 2016,[13] 2015,[14] 2014, and 2013.[15]

The Thomson Family increased their wealth by 30% from over C$26 billion in 2013[15] to over C$30 billion in 2014,[15] reaching over C$39.13 billion by 2017.[10]


Forbes magazines's annual listing of billionaires entitled The World's Billionaires is based on March 18, 2020 "stock prices and exchange rates" in US$.[16] Their 2019 list included 45 Canadians.[3] They collaborate with FactSet Research Systems, Orbis, PitchBook Data, Real Capital Analytics, Reonomy, S&P Capital IQ, and VesselsValue to collect data.[16]

See also


  1. ^ Elon Musk holds citizenship from Canada, South Africa, and the United States.


  1. ^ a b "Canada's Richest People 2018: The Top 25 Richest Canadians". Canadian Business. Rogers Media. 9 November 2017. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Canada's Richest People 2018: The Complete Top 100 Ranking". Canadian Business. Rogers Media. 9 November 2017. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "45 Canadians make Forbes billionaires list". 5 March 2019. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Bloomberg Billionaires Index". Bloomberg L.P. 30 August 2020. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  5. ^ Locke, Taylor (30 December 2019). "Elon Musk says he had about $100,000 in student debt after college: 'I couldn't even afford a 2nd PC'". NBCUniversal News Group.
  6. ^ "World's Billionaires List". Forbes. 2020. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  7. ^ Domonoske, Camila (24 November 2020). "Elon Musk Passes Bill Gates To Become World's 2nd-Richest Person". National Public Radio. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  8. ^ a b Cuccinello, Haley F. (24 November 2020). "No, Elon Musk Is Not The Second Richest Person In The World -- Here's Why". Forbes. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h Giroux, Yves (June 17, 2020). Estimating the top tail of the family wealth distribution in Canada (PDF). Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) (Report). p. 28. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  10. ^ a b c d "Canada's Richest People: The Complete Top 100 Ranking (2017)". Canadian Business. December 7, 2016. Retrieved October 1, 2020. Our 18th annual guide to the richest people in Canada—how much they’re worth, how they made their fortunes, and the companies that got them there
  11. ^ a b c "Bloomberg Billionaires Index". Bloomberg. September 30, 2020. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  12. ^ "Canada's Richest People: The Complete Top 100 Ranking (2018)". Canadian Business. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  13. ^ "Canada's Richest People: The Complete Top 100 Ranking (2016)". Canadian Business. December 24, 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  14. ^ "Canada's Richest People: The Complete Top 100 Ranking (2015)". Canadian Business. January 15, 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  15. ^ a b c "Canada's Richest People: The Complete Top 100 Ranking (2014)". Canadian Business. January 9, 2014. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  16. ^ a b "Forbes Billionaires 2020". Forbes. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
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