The Molson family has an estimated net worth of $777 million, and it is currently ranked among the top 100 wealthiest families in Canada. The family owes its fame and fortune to John Molson (1763-1836), who moved from his home in Lincolnshire, England and immigrated to Canada. He established a brewery business, which eventually became one of the largest of its kind in the country.
Hartland Molson is one of the most notable figures from the Molson family. Being a statesman and businessman, he expanded the family’s brewing operations across the country. He co-purchased the Canadian Arena, which includes the Montreal Canadians ice hockey club and Montreal Forum. Together with his brother, Thomas Henry Pentland Molson, they co-sponsored Hockey Night in Canada. He also served as the Governor of McGill University and was a senator for a total of thirty-eight years.
The Molson family is also renowned for its philanthropic activities. It has made major contributions to the economy through the Molson Foundation that was established in 1958. The foundation in conjunction with several members of the Molson family contributed the majority funds that were required for the setting up of the Molson Fine Arts Building at Bishop’s University.