Pierre Lassonde's Blog


BA, BSc, U of Montreal 1971, MBA U. of Utah 1973, P.Eng 1976, CFA 1984, Hon PhD Engineering U of Toronto, Montreal, Ryerson, Hon PhD Business, U of Utah.

Mr. Lassonde co-founded Franco-Nevada Mining Corporation in 1982. Over the next 20 years Franco provided shareholders with a 36% annualized rate of return. The company was acquired by Newmont Mining Corp in February 2002 and Pierre became President and Vice Chairman in 2007. He served as Chairman of the World Gold Council from 2005 to 2009.

In 2008, Pierre led an investors group bringing back Franco-Nevada to the public market with a $1.2B IPO and became its Chairman. The current market capitalization of Franco-Nevada is over $5B.

Mr. Lassonde’s philanthropic interest in education and the arts is well known. He has been Chairman of the Quebec National Art Museum since 2005. He was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2002 and Officer of the Quebec Order in 2008. Pierre was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame in January 2013.

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