Edgar Fosburgh Kaiser Jr, entrepreneur, merchant banker (b at Portland, Ore 5 July 1942). The scion of one of the world's major industrial dynasties, he was educated at Stanford U (BA) and Harvard (MBA). After serving in Vietnam with the US Agency for International Development, he became White House Fellow under President Lyndon Johnson. He spent a dozen years in various capacities, ultimately as chief executive officer with Kaiser Resources Ltd, which acquired some of BC's most important coal and energy reserves, later selling Ashland Oil to Dome Petroleum and coal operations to BC Resources Investment Corp - both at large profits.
He became a Canadian citizen on 17 February 1980, and has since made significant contributions, through his family foundations, to the research and prevention of drug abuse. Between 1984 and 1986, he was chairman of the Bank of BC, which was absorbed by the Hongkong Bank when the failure of 2 Alberta banks decimated the fiscal viability of regional banking. Through his many international connections and personal commitment to social and economic reform, rare among his kind, Kaiser has turned himself into an influential figure in the evolution of Canada's Pacific Rim future.