Jim Pattison worth $7.4-billion: wealthiest person in B.C. and Top 5 in Canada

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Vancouver businessman Jim Pattison is now the fifth wealthiest person in Canada with an estimated wealth of $7.4-billion.

According to Canadian Business Magazine’s latest rankings, Pattison’s net worth went up by 10 per cent over the past year and was enough to bump the Vancouverite up into the nation’s Top 5 wealthiest list.

Pattison was the CEO of the organization that staged Expo ’86 in Vancouver and is now the sole owner and CEO of his namesake company, the Jim Pattison Group, which produces sales in excess of $7.5 billion over numerous industries and employs more than 35,000.

Only two other Vancouverites made the nationwide Top 25 list. Lululemon founder Chip Wilson came in one place short of the Top 10 while Mansoor Laljil of Larco Investments Ltd. came in behind Montreal’s Bombardier family at Top 23.

Top 25 Wealthiest People In Canada – 2014

1. The Thomson Family, Toronto – $26.1 billion
2. Galen Weston, Toronto – $10.4 billion
3. The Irving Family, Saint John – $7.85 billion
4. The Rogers Family, Toronto – $7.6 billion
5. James Pattison, Vancouver – $7.39 billion
6. Saputo Famiy, Montreal – $5.24 billion
7. Estate of Paul Desmarais, Sr., Montreal – $4.93 billion
8. Jeffrey S. Skoll, Palo Alot, Calif. – $4.92 billion
9. Richardson Family, Winnipeg – $4.45 billion
10. Carlo Fidani, Toronto – $4.08 billion
11. Dennis “Chip” Wilson, Vancouver – value not disclosed as the Lululemon founder sells shares
12. David Azrieli, Montreal – $3.54 billion
13. Fred and Ron Mannix, Calgary – $3.46 billion
14. Harrison McCain Family (excluding Wallace), Florenceville, N.B. – $3.45 billion
15. Bernard Sherman, Toronto – $3.27 billion
16. Clay Riddell, Calgary – $3.26 billion
17. Daryl Katz, Edmonton – $3.15 billion
18. Estate of Wallace McCain, Toronto – $3.12 billion
19. Frank Stronach, Oberwaltersdorf, Austra – $3.12 billion
20. Sobey Family, New Glasgow, N.S. – $2.95 billion
21. Zekelman Famiy, Windsor and Bloomfield Hills, MI – $2.91 billion
22. Bombardier Family, Montreal – $2.8 billion
23. Lalji Family, Vancouver – $2.56 billion
24. (Norman) Murray Edwards, Calgary – $2.5 billion
25. Charles Bronfman, New York and Palm Beach – $2.46 billion

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