Jan. 4, 1927: Born in Sudbury, Ont.
1951: Began his successful business journey with the revival of the family's ailing bus company, which he purchased for $1 after abandoning his law studies.
1968: Acquired control of Power Corp.
1978: Led a Canadian trade delegation to China.
July 4, 1978: Awarded the Officer of the Order of Canada.
Dec. 29, 1986: Awarded the Companion of the Order of Canada.
1992: Became a member of the Privy Council of Canada.
1996: Relinquished the reins of management at Power Corp. to his sons Paul Jr. and Andre.
2008: Awarded the French Legion of Honour by then-president Nicolas Sarkozy.
Oct. 8, 2013: Died northeast of Quebec City.