Canada has its fair share of very wealthy people. Some come from rich families and had a jump-start in life. Others, however, had to claw their way to the top. These self-made millionaires and billionaires show that Canada is, and has always been, a land of opportunity. For true inspiration, here are 10 Canadian millionaires who started from the bottom. All figures in US dollars.
Lilly Singh (Net worth: $16 million)
Drake (Net worth: $120 million)
Robert Herjavec (Net worth: $200 million)
Herjavec graduated in 1984 and then took on minimum-wage jobs to help support his family. He then started working behind the scenes in the film industry before convincing Logiquest to give him a job if he worked the first six months for free. He founded a cybersecurity firm in 1990, sold it for $30.2 million in 2000 and founded the Herjavec Group in 2003. According to Investopedia, he has a net worth of $200 million.
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Justin Bieber (Net worth: $265 million)
Soon it wasn’t just family and friends who watched videos of the boy singing. A year later he had a record deal and the rest is history. With an estimated net worth of $265 million, according to Wealthy Gorilla, The Bieb is hot on the heels of the 20 richest singers of 2019.
Guy Laliberté (Net worth: $1 billion)
Aldo Bensadoun (Net worth: $1 billion)
Marcel Adams (Net worth: $1.7 billion)
Stewart Butterfield (Net worth: $2.1 billion)
Two years later, he started Ludicorp, the company originally behind photo-sharing site Flickr, with his wife and a friend. These days he’s CEO of another company he co-founded, Slack, and according to Money he has a net worth of as much as $2.1 billion.
Jean Coutu (Net worth: $2.3 billion)
Today Jean Coutu is worth an estimated $2.3 billion, according to Forbes, and is the patriarch of one of Canada’s richest families.
Chip Wilson (Net worth: $3.5 billion)
He sold it in 1997 and founded Lululemon Athletica in 1998. While he isn’t active in the company’s management anymore, he’s still the biggest individual shareholder and has a net worth of $3.5 billion, according to Forbes.
Alain Bouchard (Net worth: $3.6 billion)
Jim Pattison (Net worth: $5.7 billion)
In 1961 he sold his house and got some loans to open his own car dealership. Today the Jim Pattison Group owns a variety of companies and Pattison has a net worth of $5.7 billion, according to Forbes.