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June 10, 1937
Montelepre, Sicily, Italy
|Residence||Senneville, Quebec, Canada|
|Board member of||Chairman, Saputo Inc.|
|Children||3, including Joey Saputo|
Emanuele "Lino" Saputo, CM OQ (born June 10, 1937) is an Italian-Canadian businessman. He is the founder and chairman of the Canadian cheese manufacturer Saputo, Inc. He is sixth-richest man in Canada, and the 269th richest man in the world, with an estimated net worth of $5.2 billion as of June 2017.
Saputo was born in Montelepre, Sicily, Italy, in 1937, to Giuseppe Saputo, a cheesemaker, and his wife Maria. He completed his secondary schooling in the early 1950s, and shortly thereafter the Saputo family immigrated to Montreal, Quebec.
Lino Saputo became chairman of the board and president of Saputo Inc. in 1969, and was named chairman of the board and chief executive officer in 1998 when the company went public. In March 2004, his son Lino Saputo, Jr., was appointed to the position of president and chief executive officer while Lino Saputo continued to act as the company's chairman. In August 2017, Lino Saputo, Jr. assumed the role of chairman and Lino Saputo remains the majority shareholder of Saputo Inc.
Saputo also owns a significant stake in the trucking company, TransForce, and has extensive investments in real estate, forest products, hotels and golf courses.
In 2011, he was made an Officer of the National Order of Quebec. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada (CM), per the Canada Gazette, on September 1, 2012, and Government House announcement on June 29, 2012.