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#18: Jim Pattison
Founder, The Jim Pattison Group
Why he matters: Proves age is just a number
At an age when most of his contemporaries are working on their golf swings (if they can still make it around 18 holes), Jim Pattison continues building his $8.4-billion business empire, which includes media holdings, automotive sales and grocery stores. Pattison dipped his toes in real estate development this year, building condo towers atop one of his car dealerships. Such is the strength of Pattison’s brand that Metro Vancouver’s mayors enlisted him to oversee a proposed sales tax to fund road and transit upgrades.