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Farewell to a hair-care king, a mag­a­zine mogul, a pharma boss and more.

Late Last Year, Toronto po­lice made a chill­ing dis­cov­ery: the stran­gled bod­ies of 75-year-old generic-drug bil­lion­aire Bernard “Barry” Sher­man (left) and his wife, Honey, hang­ing be­side their in­door pool. Sher­man was not a man who shied away from con­flict; he bat­tled com­peti­tors in court and en­gaged in a decade-long law­suit with his cousins over an own­er­ship stake in his firm, Apo­tex. The deaths are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated as homi­cides, but no sus­pects have been named.

His death is by far the most lurid of those of the 25 bil­lion­aires (listed on this page) who died in the past year. “Peo­ple tell me life is short, and I say, ‘Yeah, so I bet­ter get the work done,’ ” Sher­man said in his first ap­pear­ance in Forbes, in July 2000. Here’s how we first cov­ered four other re­cently de­ceased ti­tans.

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