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James Balsillie

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Net worth 2018: $1.8 Billion
Industry: Technology
Country: Canada
BirthDay: 3 February 1961
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Children: 2
Education: Master of Business Administration, Harvard University; Bachelor of Arts / Science, University of Toronto

James Balsillie was bornon 3 February 1961 in Canada. Founded Research In Motion with fellow billionaire Mike Lazaridis in 1984. Later created BlackBerry, forever tethering businesspeople to email (thanks?). RIM now launching PlayBook, a tablet device to compete with Apple's iPad. In active ego-match with StEve Jobs over whose is better. Sports nut, has tried three times to buy an NHL team to move to Ontario. Member of Trilateral Commission.


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In June 2013, the Government of Canada appointed Balsillie as Chair of the Canada Foundation for Sustainable Development Technology


On March 29, 2012, Research in Motion announced that Balsillie will be stepping down from the Board of Directors


In May 2010, almost immediately after the OSC sanctions expired, Balsillie was reappointed to the board, (ignoring strong shareholders and investor objections), notwithstanding RIM’s earlier public representations that the roles of Chairman and CEO were separated


In February 2009, as part of the penalties and sanctions approved by the OSC in settling the improper option practices, which the OSC called a “fundamental failure of governance”, Balsillie was forced to resign as a director of RIM


On May 17, 2007, RIM announced that “Consistent with current best practices in corporate governance, the roles of Chairman and CEO have been separated


On December 15, 2006, Balsillie withdrew his bid to buy the team after receiving notice from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman that the league would negotiate the arena deal on his behalf and the league also wanted the right to take over the team if necessary


In 2003, he was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (FCA)


He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1989


He received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Trinity College at the University of Toronto in 1984


Balsillie was born in Seaforth, Ontario, and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, where his family relocated in 1966 and he attended Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational School


James Laurence Balsillie (born February 3, 1961) is a Canadian businessman, philanthropist and former co-CEO of the Canadian company Research In Motion (RIM, 'BlackBerry')

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