For budding entrepreneurs, it’s easy to look to key examples like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg for inspiration. Although lesser known, Canada is also home to a number of successful entrepreneurs who have achieved success in various fields.
To compile this list, we took the guide to Canadian companies on “Canada’s richest people” and narrowed it down to entrepreneurs. Stay tuned for an upcoming article on the best female entrepreneurs in Canada.
From the co-founder of Uber to the guy who brought Walmart to Canada, Here are 14 of Canada’s richest entrepreneurs who will make you quit your day job.
Source of wealth: Co-founder of Chinese e-commerce startup Alibaba
Wealth: $5.9 billion
Location: Currently, Hong Kong
Source of wealth: co-founder of the web discovery platform StumpleUpon and co-founder of Uber (nbd)
Wealth: $5.3 billion
Location: Born in Calgary, currently residing in San Francisco
Source of wealth: co-founder of PokerStars
Wealth: $4.1 billion
Location: Born in Israel but moved to Toronto when he was 13 years old. Scheinberg currently lives on the Isle of Man.
Source of Wealth: Founder of the Jim Patterson Group, which includes chains like Guinness World Records and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.
Wealth: $5.6 billion
Location: Born in Saskatoon, currently resides in Vancouver.
Source of wealth: first president of eBay, founder of the production company Participant Media and the investment company Capricorn Investment Group
Wealth: $5.5 billion
Location: Born in Montreal, currently resides in Woodside, CA.
Source of Wealth: Co-founder, President and CEO of Apotex, a pharmaceutical company.
Wealth: $4.62 billion
Source of wealth: Chairman of PCCW and Chairman of the PCCW Executive Committee. He is also Chairman and CEO of Pacific Century Group, Chairman of Pacific Century Premium Developments Limited (PCPD), Chairman of the Executive Committee of PCPD and Chairman of Singapore-based Pacific Century Regional Developments Limited.
Wealth: $4.44 billion
Location: Hong Kong
Source of Wealth: Founder of Lululemon Athletica and Kit & Ace
Wealth: $2.92 billion
Photo: Youtube (Shnaider on the right)
Source of wealth: co-founder of the Midland group
Wealth: $2.85 billion
Location: Born in Leningrad, Russia, currently resides in Toronto.
Source of Wealth: Founder of Mattamy Homes
Wealth: $2.71 billion
Source of wealth: Founder of the Jean Coutu Group, a chain of pharmacies.
Wealth: $2.7 billion
Source of Wealth: Founder of Smartreit and credited with bringing Walmart to Canada.
Wealth: $2.85 billion