Canada's richest getting richer: Report

Loblaw Companies Limited Executive Chairman Galen G. Weston speaks during the annual general...

Loblaw Companies Limited Executive Chairman Galen G. Weston speaks during the annual general meeting of shareholders in Toronto May 5, 2011. (REUTERS/Mike Cassese)

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Most of the people on Canadian Business magazine's annual ranking of the country's 100 wealthiest Canadians this year topped the rich list last year, too.

And in this year's list, many of richest Canadians got even richer.

Topping the list for the second year in a row is the Thompson family, owners of Thompson Reuters, with a net worth of $20.1 billion. While the family's worth actually went down 5.7%, they're still the richest folks in Canada, with stakes in the Winnipeg Jets NHL team and the Globe and Mail newspaper.

In second place again is Galen Weston, executive chairman of George Weston Ltd. and head of the Loblaws grocery-store chain and Holt Renfrew stores. Weston is worth $8.2 billion, up 3% from last year.

Third place once again goes to the Irving family, owners of numerous East Coast businesses, including oil and timber. They're worth $8.07 billion, up 3.5% from last year.

The Rogers family ranks fourth again, with $6.4 billion, an increase of 8%. The late Ted Rogers' family has seen the value of its stake in Rogers Communications go up more than 15% in the last year.

At five is Jimmy Pattison, a longtime entrepreneur who owns Toyota and Subaru franchises, as well as a variety of other business enterprises, including billboards and signs and the Ripley's Believe It or Not amusement park franchise. The 84-year-old, who also ranked fifth in 2011, is worth $6.14 billion, up 7.1% from last year.


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