James and Arthur Irving are billionaire brothers and sons of a renowned Canadian industrialist K.C. Irving. The two brothers share the ownership of Irving Group of Companies, a conglomerate whose interests include timber, oil, agriculture, construction, building supplies, ship building, paper products, gas stations, natural gas, radio stations, newspapers and a Canadian Hockey League Team. The Irving Empire was established in 1881 by their grandfather, J.D Irving.
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James and Arthur shared the ownership and responsibility of the Irvin Group of Companies after their brother, John Irving, died on July 2010 at the age of 78. James Irving is the head of J.D. Irving, the family’s business that has interests in building supplies, ship building, shipping lines, transportation news print, pulp, paper, tissues, forestry and frozen food. Arthur, on the other hand, is the head of Irving Oil, its oil refinery, retail stores, tankers, facilities and distribution terminals.
Arthur Irving has been serving as the Chancellor of Acadia University since 1996. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2002, and he has been actively involved with Ducks Limited. He has also been involved in setting up the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Center at Acadia University. The Irving family has been ranked as the 3rd wealthiest family in Canada with an estimated net worth of $7.8 billion.