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# 457 Chip Wilson $5.60B

Random fact: First Lululemon store opened in Vancouver's beachside Kitsilano quarter.


Wilson is the founder of Lululemon Athletica, a maker of yoga pants and related sportswear. The Vancouver-based company had revenue of $6.2 billion in the 12 months ended Jan. 31, 2022. Wilson sold half of his stake to private equity firm Advent International in 2014 and stepped down from the board in 2015.

As of :
Last change +$40.7M ( +0.7%)
YTD change +$47.7M ( +0.9%)
Biggest asset LULU US Equity
Country / Region Canada
Age 67
Industry Retail
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Wilson's net worth is derived from Lululemon Athletica, the publicly traded maker of yoga pants and other sports apparel.

He owns about 8% of the company based on his holding of common stock and exchangeable shares, according to the company's 2022 proxy statement. He also owns 0.6% of Anta, a Chinese sportswear maker, according to a May 2019 filing.

His cash holdings are based on an analysis of share sales, charitable donations, taxes and market performance.

He also has a residential property in Vancouver valued at about $50 million, according to a January 2020 report by independent property assessment agency British Columbia Assessment Authority.

Wilson’s holding company Hold It All Inc. didn’t respond to an e-mailed request for comment on his net worth.


Family: Married, 5 children

Wilson was born on April 25, 1955. He grew up in both California and British Columbia, and was competitive as a swimmer and football player. After earning a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Calgary, Wilson established Westbeach Snowboard, a maker of surfing, skateboarding and snowboard apparel, in 1980.

He shifted from his role as CEO to focus on product design and production in the early 1990s. He sold WestBeach for $15 million in 1997 and the following year established Lululemon to focus on what he saw was a gap in the market for women's sports apparel that wasn't made out of baggy cotton.

Wilson was criticized for remarks he made in a 2013 Bloomberg television interview about Lululemon yoga pants not ``working'' for some women. He sold half of his stake to private equity firm Advent International in August 2014 and stepped down from the board the following year.

Wilson lives in Vancouver.

  • 1955 Dennis Wilson is born. Nicknamed Chip.
  • 1979 Starts Westbeach Snowboard in Calgary.
  • 1998 Founds Lululemon in Vancouver.
  • 2000 First Lululemon store opens in Kitsilano, Vancouver
  • 2005 Wilson steps down as CEO, remains chairman
  • 2012 Wilson resigns as chief innovation and branding officer
  • 2013 Wilson announces he will resign as chairman.
  • 2014 Agrees to sell half of his stake to Advent International for $845 million.