5. James (Jimmy) Pattison, 83 (Norman Betts/Bloomberg)

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Net worth: $5.73 billion ▲ 3.7%
Business: Jim Pattison Group

Pattison built the Jim Pattison Group up from a small GM dealership in Vancouver — this year the company commemorates 50 years in business. Pattison also recently upped his stake in forest company Canfor Corp. to 37.65 per cent.

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