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#6. Saputo Family
Major holdings: Saputo, Transforce
Since the late 1990s, Giuseppe Saputo’s grandchildren have built his Montreal cheese retail business into the world’s eighth largest dairy producer through an unstoppable march of mergers and acquisitions. Now led by Lino Saputo Jr., the company took over Australia’s oldest dairy producer in January, putting Saputo Inc. in striking distance of Asia’s rapidly growing dairy market. No wonder investors saw a shiny new Ferrari parked out front of the company’s annual meeting in August.