Hilary Mary Weston (née Frayne) is an Irish born former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Canada. She is currently the 2nd richest person in Ireland with a net worth of $8.42 billion and coincidentally, she also happens to be the wife of the 2nd richest person in Canada: Galen Weston.
During her younger years, Hillary worked as a model before venturing into the fashion industry where she has made her mark by being the creator of the Primark fashion label. In addition, she also owns the Brown Thomas group of stores in Ireland the first of which was given to her as a wedding present by her husband Galen. What’s more, Hilary is also a major shareholder in the Weston family’s multi-million dollar empire.
Besides her wealth and political career, Hilary is also famous for her relentless advocation for social issues. She has set up two foundations: the Hilary M. Weston Foundation for Youth and the Ireland Fund of Canada in addition to financing various cultural programs and also funding HIV-AIDS and breast cancer research.
In fact, during her time in office, she gave her salary ($92,000) to the Hilary M. Weston Foundation for Youth delicately silencing her critics who claimed that she had been appointed Lieutenant Governor for all the wrong reasons. And to top it all up: Weston raised over $250 million for the restoration of the Royal Ontario Museum’s architecture and the construction of its modern main entrance (The Crystal).
Hillary is married to billionaire Galen Weston and they have two children: a daughter, Alannah (the Creative Director of Selfridges) and a son Galen Jr. (the Executive Chairman of Loblaw Companies). They also have four grandchildren: Alannah’s two girls and Galen Jr’s two boys. Hillary and her husband now reside in London.