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Irving Family of New Brunswick

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The Irving Family, is a wealthy Maritime family located mostly in New Brunswick. The family has business interests around the world.[1][2] The family is considered to be quite powerful and remains a controversial topic in New Brunswick.[3][4][5][1]

Notable family members[edit]

Family members include[6]

  • James Dergavel Irving (1860–1933), Bouctouche businessman.
  • K. C. Irving (1899–1992), billionaire oil businessman, his business was split up upon his death.[7] Estimated 20 billion modern dollars.[3]
  • John E. Irving (1932–2010), owner of construction, engineering, and concrete and steel fabrication companies. 5.8 billion dollar net worth.
  • Arthur Irving (born 1930), owner of Irving Oil and its refineries. 4.2 billion dollar net worth.[8]
  • James K. Irving (born 1928), owner of Brunswick News and J. D. Irving, Limited. 6.9 billion dollar net worth.[9]
  • Jean E. Irving (1926–2019), married into the family via James K. Irving. Philanthropist and art collector. Net worth of 900 million 2019 dollars
  • Jim Irving Jr. (born c. 1960), co-CEO of J.D. Irving Ltd along with his brother Robert.[10]
  • Robert Irving (born c. 1960), son of Jean and James. Co-CEO of J. D. Irving. He is also president of the Moncton Wildcats.[11][12]
  • Mary Jean Irving (born c. 1960), daughter of Jean and James. She is the richest person in Prince Edward Island with a net worth upwards of 250 million.[13]
  • Sarah Irving (born c. 1985), daughter of Arthur. Vice President and Chief Brand Officer of Irving Oil, she is the supposed heir to the empire.
  • Colonel John K. F. Irving (born c. 1960), son of John, he took over most of his father's responsibilities after his death.[14][15]
  • Colin D. Irving (1963–2019), son of John. He did not follow the family's business interests and worked as a charitable volunteer and filmmaker.[16][17]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Moser, Abbie (September 27, 2019). "On the family that owns New Brunswick". The Strand. Retrieved 2022-09-23.
  2. "#59 The Family That Owns New Brunswick". CANADALAND. Retrieved 2023-02-11.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Canada's Richest People: The Irving Family". Canadian Business. December 24, 2015.
  4. "James Irving". Forbes. Retrieved 2022-09-23.
  5. Livesey, Bruce (June 6, 2016). "What have the Irvings done to New Brunswick?". Canada's National Observer. Retrieved 2022-09-23.
  6. Akkad, Omar El. "The Irving family tree". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2022-09-23.
  7. "K.C. Irving | The Canadian Encyclopedia". Retrieved 2022-07-16.
  8. "Arthur Irving". Forbes. Retrieved 2022-07-16.
  9. "James Irving". Forbes. Retrieved 2022-07-16.
  10. Akkad, Omar El (2007-11-22). "The Irving family tree". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2023-02-11.
  11. "Irving CEO banned from Russia, says Russian Foreign Ministry". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. May 24, 2022.
  12. "Order of Moncton - Robert K. Irving | City of Moncton". Retrieved 2022-09-03.
  13. "Mary-Jean Irving". JA New Brunswick Business Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2022-09-03.
  14. "Past Hon Colonel John K.F. Irving". Retrieved 2022-07-16.
  15. "John K. F. Irving". New Brunswick Business Council (in français). Retrieved 2022-07-16.
  16. "Obituary of Colin Dargarvel Irving | Brenan's Paradise Row Funeral Home". Retrieved 2023-02-11.
  17. "Colin Irving". IMDb. Retrieved 2023-02-11.

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