#34: Daryl Katz
Founder, Katz Group
Why he matters: Re-making downtown Edmonton
This was the year Edmonton’s long hoped-for, much-debated downtown arena development finally took shape, aiming for a puck drop at the start of the 2016–17 NHL season. The driving force behind the $1.7-billion ICE District is homegrown drugstore billionaire and Edmonton Oilers’ owner Daryl Katz. As if that weren’t enough to keep him busy, he inked a deal last spring with Hollywood producer Joel Silver, best known for the Matrix and Die Hard franchises, to create Silver Pictures Entertainment.