18. Ian Telfer

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Ian Telfer, Chair, Goldcorp Inc., Age 66

Vancouver-based Goldcorp is now the leader by market capitalization, and much of the credit goes to Telfer, an accountant by training who founded predecessor company Wheaton River Minerals. In 2010, Telfer was elected chair of the World Gold Council, the London-based market development body for the precious-metals industry. He also helped create the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management with a $25-million gift in 2007.

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