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Date of Birth: 1941
Gerold "Gerry" Schwartz was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1941. He graduated from Kelvin High School in 1958. In 1962, Gerold obtained a degree in commerce, and in 1966, he received a degree in law, both from the University of Manitoba. He achieved a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University in 1970. After working for various banks and brokerage firms, in 1977 he partnered with Israel Asper, a former employer and fellow Kelvin graduate, to create CanWest Capital Corporation, which broadcasted television and radio. In 1983, he left CanWest, moved to Toronto, and started Onex Corporation, an investing firm. He is a philanthropist, having donated money to hospitals and universities. In 2005, he won an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Lifetime Achievement award for Ontario. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2006. As of March 2013, Forbes has rated him as the 1031st richest man in the world, and the 24th richest Canadian.