Leslie Dan is a Canadian entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the founder of Novopharm, a highly successful generic drug company, which he later sold for an estimated $4320 million to Israel’s Teva Pharmaceuticals. After selling Novopharm, he established a new company known as Viventina (formerly known as Novopharm Biotech). The company focuses on the discovery and development of cancer treatments. Leslie serves as the current Chairman of Viventia.
Leslie was born on 26th November, 1929 in Budapest, Hungary, but relocated to Canada in 1947. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University Of Toronto School Of Pharmacy after graduating in 1954. In 1959, he finished his Master of Business Administration degree, and a year later he established a company that distributed over-the-counter drugs. Over the years, his business ventures have earned him an incredible fortune of $955 million, making him one of the wealthiest people in Canada.
Besides being an active businessman, Leslie is also an avid philanthropist, who has contributed millions of dollars to various charitable organizations. He was married to Judith Leslie, with whom he had three children namely Michael D. Dan, Aubrey Dan (serves as President of Dancap Private Equity) and Andrea Dan-Hytman (co-owner of Viventia Biotech Inc). Sadly, Judith passed away in 1995. A year later, Leslie remarried but has no children with his second wife, Anna.
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