The richest people in Canada are the country’s biggest captains of industry. The sheer depth and diversity of the industry in which these high net worth individuals are engaged is evidence of Canada’s economy being balanced and weatherproof. Canada’s wealthiest individuals also come from all over the world; further evidence that Canada is one of the most attractive places to do business in the world.

Some of the people on this list operate on the global level; they are industry leaders who control companies and empires that lead the pack in their various areas of business, and command the largest share of the markets.

Top 10 Richest People In Canada 2022

 Rank No.   Name   Net Worth 
 1. Changpeng Zhao  $14.9 Billion
 2. Sherry Brydson  $14 Billion
 3. James Allen Pattison  $7.82 Billion
 4. David Thomson  $7.81 Billion
 5. Taylor Thomson  $7.81 Billion
 6. Peter Thomson  $7.81 Billion
 7. Anthony von Mandl  $6.87 Billion
 8. James K. Irving  $6.30 Billion
 9. Arthur Irving  $6.16 Billion
 10. Linda Campbell  $6.14 Billion

Top 10 Richest People In Canada 2022

1. Changpeng Zhao

Net Worth: US$14.9 billion

Industry: Finance

Changpeng Zhao is the founder and CEO of Binance; the world’s largest Cryptocurrency Exchange, which also serves as a depository where millions of people keep their crypto currency as a form of security for the future. Changpeng Zhao was born in Jiangsu, China and moved to Canada at a young age with his family. He is the most powerful person in crypto; and has invested much of his wealth into research and development.

Before founding Binance, Changpeng Zhao gained experience working with other crypto exchanges; he was part of the team that developed and he also served as chief technology officer of OKCoin. Changpeng Zhao is the face of crypto; he is at the forefront of the fight to make crypto accepted as mainstream currency.

2. Sherry Brydson

Net Worth: US$14.0 billion

Industry: Media & Telecom

Sherry Brydson is the richest woman in Canada. She is the largest shareholder of Woodbridge, an investment firm that controls Thomson Reuters; one of the worlds’ biggest providers of financial data, with revenue of $6.3 billion. Sherry Bryson owns about 23% of Woodbridge, while her relatives own the rest.

Sherry Brydson is the granddaughter of Roy Thomson, Baron of Fleet; the billionaire media magnate who founded the company she now controls.

3. James Pattison

Net Worth: US$7.82 billion

Industry: Media & Telecom

James Allen Pattison OC OBC, is a long time Canadian billionaire business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and Owner of the Jim Pattison Group, Canada’s second largest privately-held company. Jim Pattison is Canada’s biggest industrialist; his company is active in 25 divisions; including packaging, food, and forestry products.

The Jim Pattison Group employs more than 45,000 people worldwide, and has annual sales of more than $10.1 billion. The Group headquarters is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; from where Jim Pattison oversees its worldwide operations.

4. David Thomson           

Net Worth: US$7.81 billion

Industry: Media & Telecom

David Kenneth Roy Thomson, 3rd Baron Thomson of Fleet is the Chairman of Thomson Reuters; one of the world’s leading providers of financial information. He was once considered the richest person in Canada, but his relative Sherry Brydson is now known to be the largest shareholder in the family company.

Nevertheless, he has plenty of wealth to his name as Chairman of Thomson Reuters, and he is also very influential, having inherited the title; Baron of Fleet from his father, who also inherited it from his father Roy Thomson. David Thomson, as a hereditary peer, therefore addressed as Lord David Thomson, or Right Honorable David Thomson.

5. Taylor Thomson

Net Worth: US$7.81 billion

Industry: Media & Telecom

Taylor Thomson is the younger sister of Lord Thomson listed above. She owns 14% of Woodbridge, a closely held family investment firm which controls Thomson Reuters, and other assets. Taylor Thomson also has personal investments in real estate and jewelries.

6. Peter Thomson           

Net Worth: US$7.81 billion

Industry: Media & Telecom

Peter Thomson is the younger son of the late Kenneth Thomson, 2nd Baron Thomson of Fleet. That makes him younger brother of The Right Honourable David Thomson; 3rd Baron Thomson of Fleet.

Peter Thomson is also a race car driver; he heads Thomson Motorsport. He is also a venture capitalist. It is also understood that he is part of the board of Thomson Reuters; although his exact role at the company is not known.

7. Anthony von Mandl  

Net Worth: US$6.87 billion

Industry: Consumer Goods

Anthony von Mandl is the biggest maker of alcoholic drinks in Canada. He is the founder and chief executive of the Mark Anthony Group, an alcoholic drinks producer that makes and distributes Mike’s Hard Lemonade. Anthony von Mandl did not just suddenly become rich, however; he bought his first winery in 1981.

Now his company which is based in Vancouver, Canada makes and distributes wines, spirits and beer, and has over $4 billion in annual sales.

8. James K. Irving            

Net Worth: US$6.30 billion

Industry: Commodities

James K. Irving is the owner of JD Irving; one of Canada’s biggest industries. He is the eldest son of the Late J.D Irving; Canada’s biggest industrialist at the time of his death. After the passing of his father; control of JD Irving passed to him. He controls businesses in the areas of Publishing, Forestry, Pulp and Paper, Lumber, Frozen Food, Shipping, Ship Building, and so many other industries.

His two younger brothers also inherited billionaire status; they got companies with billions in turn over, and although John Died in 2010 (passing down his fortune to his children), Arthur is still in charge of his companies.

James K Irving is therefore one of the richest men in Canada, and head of one of the richest families in the country as well.

9. Arthur Irving

Net Worth: US$6.16 billion

Industry: Energy

Arthur “Art” Irving is the younger brother of James K. Irving listed above. He too is a billionaire businessman; he is the owner of Irving Oil Limited; which refines and distributes petroleum products. This part of the Irving Group passed to him when his father died in 1992.

Arthur Irving is a savvy businessman; he has expanded the company’s scope of operations, and captained his ship quite well despite the volatility in the oil market as seen over the last few years. Arthur Irving is already set to hand over the responsibilities of the company to his children.

10. Linda Campbell         

Net Worth: US$6.14 billion

Industry: Media & Telecom

Linda Campbell is a member of the Thomson Family. Just like her siblings she owns a part of the Woodbridge; the holding company with which the Grandchildren of Baron Roy Thomson manage their fortunes, and with which they control Thomson Reuters; one of the world’s biggest providers of financial information.

Not much is known about her personal life, except that she is one of the seven grandchildren of Baron Roy Thomson of Fleet.

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Canada is home to some of the industries of the future; so much work is being done in the areas of research and development, in the fields of aviation, medicine, crypto currency, and so on. The richest people in Canada are therefore a fine mix of old money; well established families who enjoy inherited money and power, and also self made risk takers, some of who have traveled to Canada from distant locations in order to find economic opportunities.