December 2, 2010 / 11:08 PM / in 7 years

Thomsons again top richest Canadians list

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - The Thomson family kept a strong grip on their status as the wealthiest Canadians, seeing their net worth increase by 6.2 percent in 2010 to more than C$23 billion ($23 billion), according to a new survey.

The Thomsons, whose holdings include Thomson Reuters Corp, was far ahead of the second richest Canadian, grocery store magnate Galen Weston, according to the survey released on Thursday by Canadian Business magazine.

It marked the 12th year in a row that the Thomsons, whose family holding company is Woodbridge Co Ltd, have held the top spot, according to the magazine.

Weston saw his net worth jump 31 percent to C$8.5 billion in 2010, allowing him to pull ahead of the energy-rich Irving Family of Atlantic Canada on the list of top 100 richest Canadians, according to the magazine.

The Rogers family, whose Rogers Communications Inc has publishing, cable-TV and telecoms interests, ranked fourth. Vancouver businessman Jimmy Pattison, whose diverse holdings include automotive, food and media, took fifth spot.

The magazine said the list was calculated based on the real and estimated value of investment the people held at the end of September. Andre Chagnon, founder of cable-TV and telecoms company Groupe Videotron, rounded out the list at 100th place with a net worth of C$540 million.

Among those with the most dramatic gains was Chip Wilson, founder of Lululemon Athletica Inc, who climbed from 78th to 49th place on the list with a net worth of C$1.25 billion, up nearly 67 percent from a year before.

Research In Motion Ltd co-Chief Executive Jim Balsillie was among those who slipped in this year’s rankings, dropping to 30th place from 16th a year before, with net worth down 32 percent to C$1.8 billion.

Reporting Allan Dowd; editing by Rob Wilson

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