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Canada’s Most Powerful Business People 2016: #18 — Jim Pattison

Proves age is just a number

Jim Pattison, Founder, The Jim Pattison Group
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#18: Jim Pattison

Founder, The Jim Pattison Group

Why he matters: Proves age is just a number

Canada’s Richest People rank: #4

At an age when most of his contemporaries are working on their golf swings (if they can still make it around 18 holes), Jim Pattison continues building his $8.4-billion business empire, which includes media holdings, automotive sales and grocery stores. Pattison dipped his toes in real estate development this year, building condo towers atop one of his car dealerships. Such is the strength of Pattison’s brand that Metro Vancouver’s mayors enlisted him to oversee a proposed sales tax to fund road and transit upgrades.

More of Canada’s Most Powerful Business People:

▲ #17 Angela Strange
▼ #19 Jeffrey Orr