Distilled: A Memoir of Family, Seagram, Baseball, and Philanthropy
Distilled: A Memoir of Family, Seagram, Baseball, and Philanthropy

Distilled: A Memoir of Family, Seagram, Baseball, and Philanthropy

by Charles Bronfman, Howard Green

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Distilled: A Memoir of Family, Seagram, Baseball, and Philanthropy by Charles Bronfman, Howard Green

The nationally bestselling memoir of the scion of a Canadian business empire

Billionaire businessman and philanthropist Charles Bronfman has decided it is time to tell his story. The Montreal Gazette praises this telling as “detailed and surprisingly candid.”

Born in 1931, an heir to the fortune of the fabulously wealthy Bronfmans (“the Rothschilds of the New World”), Charles grew up in a twenty-room mansion. Via its control of the distilling giant Seagram, the Bronfman family dominated the liquor business, with brands such as Crown Royal, V.O. and Chivas Regal. By the 1980s, Seagram was the biggest shareholder of DuPont, and by the 1990s, the family’s wealth was in the billions, culminating in the $35-billion sale of Seagram to France’s Vivendi, which led to financial and family disaster. In Distilled, Charles reflects on all of it—his relationship with his parents and his brother, Edgar; working in the family business; landing Canada’s first big-league baseball franchise (the Montreal Expos), leading a philanthropic life by promoting Canadian identity through Heritage Minutes and supporting Israel through countless innovative initiatives, including the globally respected Birthright Israel; and how the Bronfman family splintered over the sale of Seagram.

Much has been written about his father, Sam, but until now there has been no public record of Charles Bronfman’s thoughts about his life, family, career and significant accomplishments. Distilled is just such a record, chronicling key events in the life of the heir of a Canadian dynasty.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781443448482
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/24/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,046,561
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

CHARLES BRONFMAN is the former co-chairman of Seagram. As chairman and majority owner of the Montreal Expos, he brought Major League Baseball to Canada. Until 2016, he chaired the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, which oversaw groundbreaking work in Canada, Israel and the United States. Among his signature philanthropic achievements are Heritage Minutes and Birthright Israel. He divides his time between Montreal, New York and Florida.

HOWARD GREEN is an author and broadcaster. A founding anchor at Business News Network, he spent fifteen years at BNN, where he hosted Headline, the network’s flagship interview program. Green is also the author of the bestseller Banking on America and is an award-winning documentary filmmaker.

HOWARD GREEN is an author and broadcaster. A founding anchor at Business News Network, he spent fifteen years at BNN, where he hosted Headline, the network’s flagship interview program. Green is also the author of the bestseller Banking on America and is an award-winning documentary filmmaker.

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