Jim Pattison is the sole owner of Jim Pattison Group, the biggest privately held company in Canada into car dealerships, radio stations, TV channels, grocery stores, magazine distribution, advertising, fishing, financial services, entertainment, food packaging, real estate development, forest products etc. Based in Vancouver, Jim has a net worth of around US $ 6.9 billion, making him one of the richest businessmen in Canada. Born in a rural town, Jim did not have a family business to inherit. Starting from petty jobs, he is now the king of the Pattison Empire, and his life is an inspiration in itself.
Pattison was born in Luseland, a rural town in Saskatchewan, and grew up in East Vancouver. He started playing trumpet in kids’ church camps, and later picked fruits while still in high school. He did several jobs in high school, including selling seeds, delivering newspapers, selling doughnuts, etc. He also worked as a page boy in the Georgia Hotel. After completing his high school, he joined a packing house, and also a cannery.