It has been a prosperous year for the members of our exclusive listing of the most affluent Canadians. In fact, nearly half of this year's Rich 100 are billionaires, 46 of them to be exact, up from 40 in 2005-06. This upswing appears to be a North America-wide trend, as 2006 was also the first time that every member of the Forbes 400 ranking of wealthy Americans was worth at least US$1 billion. One of our billionaires, David Cheriton — the Stanford prof who is über-wealthy now, thanks to an early investment in Google — is also one of four new members on this year's list. All four are featured in profiles, along with our annual ranking and stories on the preoccupations of the next generation of the rich. One member of that elite group is David Thomson, who was thrust into the spotlight when his father, Ken, died in June. As for Ken himself, his loss will certainly be felt, least of all because we will have fewer photographs of dogs in the issue.
This year's list was compiled by senior associate editor Alex Mlynek; reporter-researchers Graham Scott, Steven Dam and Joe Castaldo; staff writer Calvin Leung and features editor Rachel Pulfer.
A note on our methodology
As always, the team poked through proxy statements, insider-trading reports and a number of other sources, as well as made countless phone calls to estimate just how much our Rich 100 members and potential candidates were worth.