The billionaire vs. the ex

ANDREW McINTOSH, QMI Agency

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Robert G. Miller, the reclusive billionaire: Robert G. Miller founded his privately held Future Electronics in 1968 and has since built the company into the world's third-largest electronics parts and spare parts distributor.

Future sells semiconductors and electromechanical components from its headquarters in Pointe Claire, on the West Island of Montreal. It has 5,000 employees and facilities around the world.

Miller is something of a reclusive eccentric who is rarely photographed and rarely gives interviews. He told Toronto business journalist and author Diane Francis in a 2008 book that he gives more than half his profits - millions - to charity.

He reportedly supports the Alcor Life Extension Foundation, an Arizona-based organization which promotes cryonics, the science of freezing bodies - it then stores them in special aluminum containers - with the intent to restore life when technology is available.

One of Miller's aides even told The Wall Street Journal several years ago that Miller was creating "a revival trust" - a legal means to keep himself (and all his cash) preserved and frozen until the technology exists to bring him back to life.

Future Electronics was raided by the RCMP and FBI in 1999 as part of a fraud probe that Miller told his staff was "an unfounded assault upon our integrity." Future challenged the raid and fought for years to thwart the surrender of documents to U.S. authorities.

In 2002, the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office said they would not file charges in the case.

Margaret Antonier, the entrepreneurial "ex": Margaret (Miller) Antonier was once one of Quebec and Canada's most successful female advertising sales executives in radio, working for two of Montreal's top English-language stations CJAD-AM and CJFM.

Now, Antonier is now a respected local Florida businesswoman and was even picked Estero Chamber of Commerce's 2006 Person of the Year.

A successful entrepreneur, she is now a millionaire herself, and a real estate developer of outlet shopping malls and luxury golf courses , a design centre and affluent subdivisions .

Her Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Club development in upscale Estero is a residential resort featuring 700 acres of fresh water lakes, 5 km of private beach, a 39,000-square-foot beach club, spa and fitness centre, and upscale golf course and club.

She was among the first developers of retail factory outlet malls in Quebec, building one in Hudson, an affluent Montreal suburb, and another in Ste. Anne, near Quebec City.

She also runs an advertising placement agency.


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