A legendary Canadian entrepreneur and philanthropist who helped put Canada on the world stage has died.
Peter Munk is also one of the University of Toronto’s most generous benefactors who gave more than 51 million to key priorities across the university. Munk was founder and builder of Barrick Gold — one of the world’s largest gold mining empires. Born in Budapest in 1927 , Munk fled Hungary with his family in 1944 when Nazi Germany invaded. He arrived in Toronto in 1948 at the age of 20 and undertook a number of entrepreneurial business activities before founding Barrick in 1983. Doctor Barry Rubin, medical director of the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, says Peter Munk had respect for everyone involved with the centre. Peter Munk is survived by Melanie, his wife of 45 years, five children and 14 grandchildren.