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5. JR Shaw
5. JR Shaw, 78
Worth: $1.5B, +4.41 %
Overall rank: 45
Calgary, Shaw Communications Inc., Corus Entertainment Inc.
The 78-year-old founder of the Calgary-based cable company doubled down on his company this year. Throughout 2012, Shaw purchased hundreds of thousands of shares in his own company, an effort to prop up the cable giant’s flagging stock. After flirting with $19 a share in May, Shaw Communications crept back up to $21 over the course of the fall. In November, the company announced a significant rebranding, including a new logo and a family of anthropomorphic robots to represent the different divisions, named Bit, Bud, Biz, Beam and Buzz.
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