The first biography of one of Canadaâ€™s most elusive and controversial billionaires.This is a solid, thorough business book about Frank Stronach, Canadaâ€™s most famous rags-to-riches story. The outline is well known: a young Austrian immigrant arrives in Canada in 1955 with fifty dollars in his pocket. He takes menial jobs like washing dishes until he can start a tiny machine shop in Toronto in 1957. The Auto Pact opens up the car-parts business. The company grows and grows, spawning many small union-free factories, until from its Aurora base it employs more than seventy thousand people, and Frank as chairman and owner can pay himself over $54 million in salary.Yet Wayne Lilleyâ€™s book will be the very first about this eccentric, larger than life figure. As a result of dogged research, he has built up a detailed, step-by-step picture of how Magna grew â€” and recovered from the brink of disaster in 1990, to its present gigantic size. Itâ€™s an amazing story of business success, stranger than fiction, that along the way takes us into the world of car-making, of horse racing (Stronach owns more than 1,000 thoroughbreds and 11 tracks in North America), and of politics (where Frank and his daughter Belinda have both played a role). Yet all the while a shareholdersâ€™ 2006 lawsuit against Stronachâ€™s control of the company is ticking like a time bomb . . .