Charles Rosner Bronfman was born on June 27, 1931 in Montreal. He is the fifth richest person in Canada, with a net worth of US$2.2 billion (according to Forbes  (http://www.forbes.com/finance/lists/10/2003/LIR.jhtml?passListId=10&passYear=2003&passListType=Person&uniqueId=P8Z1&datatype=Person)). His fortune comes from the family liquor business. He was the majority owner of the Montreal Expos franchise in Major League Baseball from the team's formation in 1968 until its sale in 1990.
He is the son of Samuel and Saidye Bronfman; his siblings are Minda, architecture maven Phyllis, and Edgar. He is the uncle of Edgar Bronfman, Jr.
In 2002 his children launched the Charles Bronfman Prize, which awards money to those doing most to advance Jewish causes.