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The Eaton family of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, were owners of the Eaton's department stores, a national chain that was founded in 1869, and became bankrupt in 1999. At the family's height, their net worth was around $2 billion. Today, after the store's demise, "The Boys"—John, Fred, Thor and George—are collectively worth around $450 million.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and author Rod McQueen has dubbed them as "Canada's royal family", with the CBC describing the Eatons as "homegrown aristocracy" which drew comparisons to the influential Kennedy family. The Eatons were well known for their lavish lifestyle and generous philanthropy. Today, they and their wives and children continue to hold prominent positions in Toronto's society circles.

  • Timothy Eaton (1834 – January 31, 1907), who immigrated to Canada from Ballymena, Ireland, founded the store.
    • Sir John Craig Eaton (28 April 1876 – 30 March 1922), Timothy's youngest son, took over after his father died.
      • Flora McCrea Eaton, Lady Eaton (1880–1970), Sir John's wife, was a national icon.
        • John David Eaton (4 October 1909 – 4 August 1973), Sir John and Lady Flora Eaton's son, took over the company when he turned 33.
          • Signy Hildur Stefansson Eaton (1913–1992), wife of John David.



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