Galen Weston

Galen Weston

Chief Executive Officer at GEORGE WESTON LIMITED

Net worth: 10 226 M $ as of 2024-01-30

51 year
Finance
Retail Trade
Consumer Services

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Willard Gordon Galen Weston, OC, OOnt (born October 29, 1940) is an English-Canadian businessman and philanthropist as well as Executive Chairman of George Weston Limited, a leading food processing and distribution company. W. Galen Weston and family, with an estimated net worth of $US 8.9 billion, are listed as the second wealthiest in Canada and 147th in the world by Forbes magazine (March 2014).

In addition to being one of the country’s leading bakers through wholly owned subsidiary Weston Foods, Galen Weston is also an experienced supermarket retailer who maintains controlling interest in Loblaw Companies, Canada’s largest food retailer, through a family holding company. Weston is also head of the world’s second largest luxury goods retailer as Chairman of Holt Renfrew in Canada and the Selfridges Group, owner of Selfridges in the United Kingdom, Brown Thomas of Ireland, the De Bijenkorf department store chain in the Netherlands, and the recently acquired Ogilvy department store in Montreal. W. Galen Weston is Chairman of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, a family-based private charitable trust which has made close to $200 million in donations over the past decade.

Early years

W. Galen Weston was born to Reta and W. Garfield Weston at Marlow, Buckinghamshire, near London, England, in October 1940 – the youngest of nine children. Garfield, a Canadian businessman whose father George Weston established George Weston Limited, had successfully expanded overseas during the 1930s by acquiring and modernising biscuit and bread factories throughout the United Kingdom. In 1945, Weston and family returned to Canada but moved frequently as Garfield pursued various business ventures, which included supermarket chains in North America and Europe. Growing up, Galen Weston worked in the stores that comprised his father’s retail holdings. He once noted, “I’ve been a bag boy a thousand times in five languages.”

Ireland

In 1961, after studying business administration at the University of Western Ontario, Galen Weston moved to Dublin to set up a grocery store with his own money. A second location followed and the outlets evolved into the “Powers” chain of supermarkets. Weston found the Irish Republic a land of opportunity:

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Known holdings in public companies

CompanyDateNumber of sharesValuationValuation date
2024-02-13 77,252,482 ( 57.42% ) 10 004 M $ 2024-01-30
2023-12-30 16,684,738 ( 5.09% ) 174 M $ 2024-01-30
2023-12-30 473,636 ( 0.15% ) 48 M $ 2024-01-30

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Galen Weston active positions

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LOBLAW COMPANIES LIMITED Chairman 2014-07-16
GEORGE WESTON LIMITED Chief Executive Officer 2017-01-18
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Weston Family Foundation President -
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Training of Galen Weston

Harvard University Undergraduate Degree
Columbia Business School Masters Business Admin

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LOBLAW COMPANIES LIMITED

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CHOICE PROPERTIES REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST

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GEORGE WESTON LIMITED

Retail Trade

Private companies11

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The W. Garfield Weston Foundation

Health Services

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Provigo Distribution, Inc.

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Retail Trade

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Weston Family Foundation

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