Prem Watsa

Founder at Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd.

Prem Watsa

Prem Watsa

Founder at Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd.

Overview
Career Highlights

Sixty Two Investment Co. Ltd.
FFHL Share Option 1 Corporation
Fairfax India Holdings Corp.

RelSci Relationships

1055

Primary Location

Toronto, Canada

Number of Boards

21

Birthday

1951 - Hyderabad, WB, India

Age

70

Number of Awards

3

Estimated Net Worth

$1.1B

Relationships
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Former President & Chief Executive Officer at Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd.

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Chief Executive Officer & Director at Ventra Group, Inc.

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Chief Legal Officer at Zenith National Insurance Corp.

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Director & Chief Executive Officer at Fairfax India Holdings Corp.

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Former Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd.

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Former Chief Executive & Operating Officer at RSA Insurance Group Ltd.

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Dean at St. John's University - New York

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President at Chris Hodgson Enterprises Ltd.

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Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd.

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Executive Advisor at Deloitte LLP

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Founder at Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd.
Family Members
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Member, Council of Trustees at American India Foundation

The American India Foundation founded in 2001, is a nonprofit American organization that is devoted to accelerating social and economic change in India. The AIF has partnered with 227 of India’s NGOs to build a trusted network for implementation, scale, and sustainability while raising over $84 million since its inception. It is one of the largest secular, non-partisan American organizations supporting development work in India. AIF awards grants to education, livelihood, and public health projects in India – with emphases on elementary education, women’s empowerment, and HIV/AIDS, respectively. AIF has a program called Digital Equalizer which attempts to bridge the digital divide by providing computers, internet access and training to under-resourced Indian schools. It also funds the Service Corps Fellowship, renamed the William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service to India on May 11, 2009, which sends skilled young Americans to work with NGOs in India for a ten-month period. The fellowship helps exchange technical skills, intellectual resources and helps increase the capacity of Indian NGOs to continue their work while giving American leaders a good understanding of India. The American India Foundation was founded by a group of Indian-Americans responding to the 2001 Gujarat earthquake. Former United States President Bill Clinton serves as the Honorary Chair, and has been involved in a number of AIF events; he was asked to get involved with the group by Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the wake of the earthquake.

Education
MBA

The Ivey Business School is located on Western University's campus in London, Ontario, Canada. Its MBA, along with a range of other programs, is offered by Western University, but it is managed separately with its own dean and budget. Its primary location is London, Ontario, but the school also has two executive teaching facilities in Toronto and Hong Kong. The University of Western Ontario created the Department of Commercial Economics within the Faculty of Arts in 1922 to offer elective course work in business. The first degree program was the Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Business Administration (HBA). The school has been consistently ranked as one of Canada's top business schools

Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering

The Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, is among the foremost of institutes of national importance in higher technological education and in basic and applied research. The Institute, with nearly 360 faculty, 4000 students, 1250 administrative and supporting staff, is a self-contained campus and is located in a beautiful, wooded land of about 250 hectares in South Madras

Career History
Vice President
1974 - 1983

Confederation Life Insurance Company

Vice President
1983 - 1984
Vice President
Tenure Unconfirmed

FFHL Group Ltd., part of Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., is a company headquartered in Toronto, ON, Canada. The firm provides insurance and reinsurance services.

Boards & Committees
Chairman, Board of Directors
2014 - Current

Fairfax India Holdings Corp. is an investment holding company, which through its subsidiaries, engages in property and casualty insurance and reinsurance and the associated investment management. It intends to achieve long term capital appreciation, while preserving capital, by investing in public and private equity securities and debt instruments. The company was founded by Prem Watsa on November 25, 2014 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
1985 - Current

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited is a holding company whose corporate objective is to achieve a high rate of return on invested capital and build long term shareholder value. The company has been under present management since September 1985.

Director
Current

Dexterra Canada Ltd. provides operations and maintenance solutions of built assets and infrastructure. It offers facilities management & operations and remote workforce accommodations services. The firm also offers forestry services related to the tree planting, vegetation management and type-2 firefighting services. The company is headquartered in Mississauga, Canada.

President, Board of Directors
Current
Member, Board of Directors
Current

SickKids Foundation raises funds on behalf of The Hospital for Sick Children. SickKids Foundation is the largest charitable funder of child health research, learning and care in Canada. SickKids Foundation was established in 1972.

Member, Board of Governors
Current

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is among the world’s leading museums of natural history and world cultures. In combining a universal museum of cultures with that of natural history, the ROM offers an unusual breadth of experience to our audiences from around the world. We realize more acutely now that nature and humanity are intertwined, and the ROM offers many examples in its collections and programs of these fundamental relationships.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$250K +
2019

The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans is a nonprofit organization based in Alexandria, Virginia, that was founded in 1947 to honor the achievements of outstanding Americans who have succeeded in spite of adversity and to emphasize the importance of higher education. The association is named for Horatio Alger, a 19th-century author of hundreds of dime novels in the "rags-to-riches" genre, extolling the importance of perseverance and hard work. The association gives the annual Horatio Alger Award to exemplars of its ideals. It also grants scholarships, and describes itself as the largest provider of need-based scholarships in the United States. All scholarships are funded by the generosity of the members of the Horatio Alger Association.

$100K +
2016

The American India Foundation founded in 2001, is a nonprofit American organization that is devoted to accelerating social and economic change in India. The AIF has partnered with 227 of India’s NGOs to build a trusted network for implementation, scale, and sustainability while raising over $84 million since its inception. It is one of the largest secular, non-partisan American organizations supporting development work in India. AIF awards grants to education, livelihood, and public health projects in India – with emphases on elementary education, women’s empowerment, and HIV/AIDS, respectively. AIF has a program called Digital Equalizer which attempts to bridge the digital divide by providing computers, internet access and training to under-resourced Indian schools. It also funds the Service Corps Fellowship, renamed the William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service to India on May 11, 2009, which sends skilled young Americans to work with NGOs in India for a ten-month period. The fellowship helps exchange technical skills, intellectual resources and helps increase the capacity of Indian NGOs to continue their work while giving American leaders a good understanding of India. The American India Foundation was founded by a group of Indian-Americans responding to the 2001 Gujarat earthquake. Former United States President Bill Clinton serves as the Honorary Chair, and has been involved in a number of AIF events; he was asked to get involved with the group by Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the wake of the earthquake.

$500 - $999
2010

Journalists for Human Rights is a nonprofit company headquartered in Toronto, ON, Canada, that operates an organisation that empowers journalists to cover human rights stories. It was founded by Ben Peterson.The company says this about itself: Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) trains journalists worldwide to cover human rights issues ethically and objectively. For 18 years, Canada-based JHR has worked with 16,000+ journalists around the world. Currently JHR operates sector-wide programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Syria, South Sudan, Mali, Kenya, Jordan, and with Canada's Indigenous communities.

Transactions
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Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. purchases American Safety Insurance Holdings Ltd. from Catalina Holdings

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Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., Crum & Forster Insurance Group purchase Hartville Group, Inc.

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Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. purchases Odyssey Re Holdings Corp.

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Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999. The BlackBerry product line includes the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet, the award-winning BlackBerry smartphone, software for businesses and accessories. BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day.

Awards & Honors
Rank #1577
2016
Forbes Magazine - The World's Billionaires
Rank #1741
2015
Forbes Magazine - The World's Billionaires
CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst)
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