2 August 1920
|Died||11 August 2020 (aged 100)|
|Known for||Founder of Iberville Developments|
|Net worth||US$ 1.5 billion (April 2017)|
(m. 1953; died 1997)
Linda Adams Troy
Marcel Abramovich (later Adams) was born to a Jewish family in Romania in 1920. His father was a tanner. During World War II he was forced to work in Nazi labor camps (1941-1944). He escaped and fled first to Turkey and then to Mandate Palestine where he fought for the independence of Israel. In 1951, he immigrated to Canada where he worked at a Quebec City tannery. In 1955, he began investing in real estate making a 70% profit on his first building. In 1958, he founded Iberville Developments and in 1959, he opened his first mall. Adams was retired and his son, Sylvan Adams, operated the company for almost 25 years, before being succeeded by his own son, Josh. As of 2017, Iberville owns and manages a diverse portfolio of over 100 properties consisting of eight million square feet.
In 1953, he married Annie Adams; they had four children: Julian, Sylvan, Linda, and Leora. His son Julian is a biochemist who led a team that developed the drug Velcade; his son Sylvan runs Iberville; his daughter Linda is a lawyer married to commentator Gil Troy; and his daughter Leora is a nurse. Annie died in November 1997.
Adams died on August 11, 2020.
- Forbes: The World's Billionaires - Marcel Adams April 2017
- Florin Jbanca (18 February 2015). "Extraordinara poveste a românului cu 800 de milioane de dolari ascunse în Elveţia. Traseul de la evreul sărac Meir Abramovici la miliardarul Marcel Adams" (in Romanian). piatra neamt.
- The Press Reader: "Billionaire Marcel Adams Cultivates Israeli Brainpower" May 2, 2010
- Financial Post: "93-year-old Canadian real estate mogul makes Forbes billionaires list for first time" by Nicolas Van Praet March 4, 2013
- Canadian Business: "Canada's Richest People 2017 - Marcel Adams" 2017
- Cashman, Greer Fay (March 3, 2019). "35. Sylvan Adams". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
- Immobilier Commercial" "SYLVAN ADAMS en tête de peloton" volume 7 - numéro 6 - December 7, 2014
- "Paid Notice: Deaths ADAMS, ANNIE". November 14, 1997 – via NYTimes.com.
- Gil Troy (August 12, 2020). "Marcel Adams passes away after a hundred years of loving Israel and life". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved August 13, 2020.