He has come a long way from A.N. Myer since graduating 36 years ago.
But John MacBain will never forget his high school or his hometown of Niagara Falls.
"I'm very proud to go around the world and say I'm from the most famous small town in the world," said the 55-year-old, who cemented his successful entrepreneurial career with his chain of Auto Trader magazines, which he sold in 2006 for $2 billion.
"I got a good education at A.N. Myer. I was very fortunate to go to some very good institutions."
MacBain graduated from Myer in 1977. Along with being a Rhodes Scholar, he received an honours bachelor of arts degree in economics from McGill University in 1980, a master's degree in law from Oxford University in 1982 and a master of business administration from Harvard Business School in 1984.
MacBain was known as the King of Classifieds. He owned all of the Auto Trader magazines in Canada except in Ontario. After selling the company, he established the McCall MacBain Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland, where he now lives.
He is the son of former Niagara Falls MP Al MacBain and his wife Viola. He has a wife, Marcy McCall MacBain, and five children.
This story was taken from the Niagara Falls Review.