Canadian Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Michael Chan, Nancy Lockhart, Hilary Weston and Galen Weston at the Canadian Film Centre Gala 2013
Galen Weston’s fortune comes largely from the grocery and food service business his grandfather founded in 1882 called George Weston Ltd., which is also Canada’s largest private sector employer. After taking control of the struggling Loblaw’s chain in 1972, he executed a strategy of closing underperforming stores and upgrading the more successful ones.
Weston also has a controlling interest in Selfridges Group, which has retail holdings in Canada, the U.K., Ireland and the Netherlands. In 1989, Weston and his wife, Hilary, also founded Windsor, a 416-acre luxury community in Vero Beach, Florida. — Scott Klocksin