Marcel Adams

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Marcel Adams
Marcel Abramovich

(1920-08-02) 2 August 1920 (age 99)
Known forFounder of Iberville Developments
Net worthUS$ 1.5 billion (April 2017)[1]
Spouse(s)Annie Adams
ChildrenJulian Adams
Sylvan Adams
Linda Adams Troy
Leora Adams

Marcel Adams (born 2 August 1920)[2] is a Canadian real estate investor, billionaire, and Holocaust survivor.[1]


Adams was born Marcel Abramovich to a Jewish family in Romania in 1920.[1] His father was a tanner.[3] During World War II he was forced to work in Nazi labor camps (1941-1944).[4] He escaped and fled first to Turkey and then to Mandate Palestine where he fought for the independence of Israel.[3] In 1951, he immigrated to Canada where he worked at a Quebec City tannery.[5] In 1955, he began investing in real estate making a 70% profit on his first building.[3] In 1958, he founded Iberville Developments[1] and in 1959, he opened his first mall.[3] Adams is retired and his son, Sylvan Adams, now operates the company.[1][6] As of 2017, Iberville owns and manages a diverse portfolio of over 100 properties consisting of 8 million square feet.[1]

Personal life[edit]

In 1953, he married Annie Adams; they have four children: Julian, Sylvan, Linda, and Leora.[3] His son Julian is a biochemist who lead a team that developed the drug Velcade; his son Sylvan runs Iberville;[3] his daughter Linda is a lawyer married to commentator Gil Troy; and his daughter Leora is a nurse.[3] Sylvan is married to English born Maggot Cornwell.


Further reading[edit]

  • Guy Mercier, Frédérik Leclerq, François Roy, Marcel Adams à Quebec. Les destins croisés d'un homme et d'une ville, en Pierre Anctil, Simon Jacobs dir.: Les Juifs de Québec. Quatre cents ans d’histoire. Presses de l'Université du Québec PUQ, Québec 2015, pp 195 – 220 (French)