How Many Billionaires Are There in Canada?

The idea of a billionaire can be difficult to fathom – there’s just too many zeros to count! However, they do walk among us in Canada. In fact, they probably founded business ideas that you use and benefit from on a daily basis. But let’s get down to brass tacks, how many billionaires are there in Canada? As of 2022, there were 65, but continue reading to find out the details, such as the wealthiest woman and the youngest billionaire in Canada. 

How Many Billionaires Are There in Canada

What is a billionaire? 

A billionaire is someone who has a net worth of $1,000,000,000 or more. Yes, that’s a lot of zeros! Net worth is defined as someone’s total assets minus all their liabilities, debts and obligations. 

There are only a handful of billionaires relative to the total world’s population. In addition, a billionaire’s wealth can fluctuate greatly from year to year, or even day to day. Often, the notion of what goes up must come down applies to billionaires. The value of their investments can change quite quickly, sometimes even depriving them of their billionaire status, as we saw with Kylie Jenner.

To date, Elon Musk remains to be the richest person in the world. Let’s take a look at the wealthiest Canadians next.

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How many billionaires are there in Canada in 2022?

There are 65 billionaires in Canada as of 2022. As of 2021, it was 53 billionaires, but now it has grown to 65. Here are the top 25 billionaires in Canada:

BillionaireNet WorthSource of WealthRanking in World
Changpeng Zhao$65BCryptocurrency Exchange19
David Thomson & Family$49.2BMedia26
Jim Pattison$12.2BDiversified152
David Cheriton$10.9BGoogle180
Joseph Tsai$8.4Be-Commerce254
Anthony von Mandl$8.4BAlcoholic Beverages254
Mark Scheinberg$5.3BOnline Gambling509
Chip Wilson$5.3BLululemon509
Alain Bouchard$5BConvenience Stores552
Huang Chulong$5BReal Estate552
Tobi Lutke$5Be-Commerce 552
Emanuele (Lino) Saputo & Family$4.8BCheese586
Leonid Boguslavsky$4.7BVenture Capital601
Bruce Flatt$4.6BMoney Management622
Daryl Katz$4.5BPharmacies637
Carlo Fidani$4.2BReal Estate687
James Irving$4.1BDiversified709
Arthur Irving$4BOil728
Max Lytvyn$4BSoftware728
Alex Shevchenko$4BSoftware728
Apoorva Mehta$3.5BGrocery Delivery Service851
Jean Coutu & Family$3.3BDrugstores913
Bob Gaglardi$3.3BHotels913
Barry Zekelman$3.3BSteel913
Peter Gilgan$3.2BHomebuilding951
All values are correct as of February 2023.

How many billionaires reside in Canada?

In 2021, there were 53 billionaires in Canada and that number rose to 65 in 2022. However, it’s unclear if all of these billionaires actually live in Canada. Although, they definitely have Canadian citizenship and were once a resident of Canada. Given that billionaires have tons of resources available to them, they likely maintain a high level of privacy so we may never know where they actually live!

Who is Canada’s Richest Family?

The richest family in Canada is the Thompson family. Currently, their net worth is close to $50B. The family holds more than 320 million shares of Thomson Reuters, a multinational conglomerate dealing in intelligence, technology and human expertise. In addition, the family has a stake in Bell Canada and owns the Globe and Mail newspaper which is based in Toronto.

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Who is the richest person in Canada?

The richest person in Canada is Changpeng Zhao, often called CZ for short. Zhao founded and is the current CEO of Binance, the largest bitcoin and altcoin exchange in the world, by trade volume. At the moment, CZ is ranked 19th in the world in terms of wealth status.

Who is the youngest Canadian billionaire?

The youngest billionaire in Canada is Ryan Cohen; he’s 37 years old. Currently, Cohen is the chairman of GameStop and his net worth is roughly $1.8B. He is ranked 1445 on Forbes’ list of billionaires. 

Cohen was the CEO of online pet supplies store, Chewy, which was also founded by him in 2011. He grew the business to $3.5 billion in annual revenue, then stepped down in 2018 after selling the business to PetSmart. In 2020, Cohen spent roughly $76 million purchasing a 13% stake in GameStop. He joined the GameStop board in January of 2021. Cohen’s fortune exploded after the infamous GameStep short squeeze

Who is the richest lady in Canada?

The richest woman in Canada is Pan Dong. Currently, Dong’s net worth is $2.8B and she’s quite publicity shy which is why you might not have heard of her! Dong is currently ranked 1096 in the world out of all billionaires. 

Dong chairs the Blue Moon Group, a supplier of liquid detergent and soap. The founder and CEO of Blue Moon Group is Luo Qiuping, Dong’s husband. Prior to begin involved in Blue Moon Group, Dong was a technical consultant and then was appointed Chief Technology Officer of Blue Moon Group in 2003. She’s been involved with the corporation ever since and it’s the primary source of her wealth.

What is the net worth of the top 1% in Canada?

It’s no secret that most of the wealth in any country is held by the 1%. But how much net worth does the top 1% have in Canada? It is difficult to say, but the number is in the hundreds of billions of dollars. If you were to total the list of the top 25 Canadian billionaires above, the total net worth is well above $100B, just to give you an idea of how large the number is.

Billionaires in Canada: Final Thoughts

There are a mere handful of billionaires in the world and 65 are from Canada. It’s good to know there’s entrepreneurial spirit in our country and the ideas these people pursued have definitely paid off! While we all may wish to have the fortune of billionaires, there is obviously a lot of work and effort involved, plus a dash of luck, even if you were born into wealth. Not to mention, fame and criticism follows you everywhere. Do you think you’d ever want to be a billionaire?

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