REST IN PROSPERITY
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.