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Leo - A Life

Kolber, Leo

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ISBN 10: 077352634X / ISBN 13: 9780773526341
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Title: Leo - A Life

Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press

Binding: Hardcover

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For 30 years, Leo Kolber was chairman of Cemp Investments, the Bronfman family trust, and Cadillac Fairview Corporation, one of the largest real estate firms in North America. A close adviser to the legendary Sam Bronfman, and a close friend of his sons Charles and Edgar, Kolber was the family's consigliere on decades of deals, including the buying of MGM in the 1960s, which foretold the disaster that later overtook the third generation of Bronfmans after Edgar Bronfman, Jr bought sold Seagram's 25 percent interest in DuPont to buy MCA-Universal Studios in 1995, a deal Kolber strongly opposed. with Leo Kolber's help, was dismantled. Buying DuPont was the deal of the century, Kolber writes, selling it was the dumbest deal of the century. As for the Vivendi merger and the break-up of Seagram, he writes that no one would have dared propose it to Mr Sam, except perhaps over his dead body. Named to the Senate by Pierre Trudeau, Kolber has served there for 20 years, including the last five as chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. Throughout this period, he was a senior bagman for the Liberal Party of Canada. company, Kolber also served for more than 25 years as a director of Seagram and the Toronto-Dominion Bank, whose famous headquarters, the six-tower TD Centre, was built by his Fairview Corporation in the 1960s. Formerly chairman of Cineplex Odeon Theatres, he was also as a longtime director of DuPont and MGM, among other companies in which the Bronfmans once held an important interest. Now Kolber is publishing this memoir of a life that he calls a tremendous ride. With business tycoons, from Sam Bronfman and Charles Bronfman to Kirk Kerkorian. With famous politicians, from Pierre Trudeau to Brian Mulroney and Jean Chretien. With Hollywood moguls and nights out with the stars, from Danny Kaye and Cary Grant to Frank Sinatra.

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Leo Kolber was named to the Senate by Pierre Trudeau and served for twenty years. He lives in Montreal. L. Ian MacDonald is the Montreal-based author of From Bourassa to Bourassa: Wilderness to Restoration, the editor of Policy Options, and a frequent

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