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W. Galen Weston, billionaire and 'retail visionary,' is dead at 80

April 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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W. Galen Weston, the patriarch of a retail and food empire that spans the Atlantic, has died at 80.

Galen Weston, the patriarch of a retail and food empire that spans the Atlantic, has died at 80.

Weston's family announced his death on Tuesday, saying in a statement that he died "peacefully at home after a long illness faced with courage and dignity. "

Weston was the third generation of his family to run George Weston Limited, which started as a commercial food operation in Canada but expanded over decades to include Canadian grocery business Loblaw and real estate firm Choice Properties.

The family also controls British high-end department store chain Selfridges and discount retailer Primark.

His energy electrified those of us who were lucky enough to work alongside him to reimagine what customer experience could be," his daughter, Alannah Weston, who is the chairman of Selfridges Group, said in a statement.

In 1983, Weston was the target of an attempted kidnapping in Ireland.

Police sources told the New York Times after the plot was foiled that the Provisional Irish Republican Army was behind the attempt.

Weston retired as chairman of George Weston Limited in 2016 to devote more time to his philanthropic endeavors.

He was married to his wife, Hilary Weston, for 55 years.

Weston, chairman and CEO of George Weston Limited, said in a statement.

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