This is indeed the 36,000 sqare foot Summit Crescent shack belonging to Robert Miller, head of of Future Electronics.
Miller's net worth has doubled over the last half-dozen years and he is now the 10th richest Canadian, in the $2 billion range, the same ballpark as the Reichmans, Guy Laliberte, the Bombardiers, and so forth.
Miller is a shadowy oddball who has never granted a real interview or spoke to a journalist in any meaningful way.
He started distributing electronic devices from 1968 at age 22 and bought out his partner Eli Manis for $500,000 in 1976.
|A rare photo of Robert Miller|
The computer boom saw his company burst through from mediocrity and he made a winning gamble to stockpile electronics parts, holding onto everything from wire to pricey semiconductors and electro-mechanical components.
Salesmen were pushed hard to maximize profits and many grumbled of unethical methods.
Eventually 35 RCMP and FBI agents stormed Miller’s office in 1999 based on complaints of fraud laid by Texas Instruments. Miller, who spends much of his time traveling to his various 200 offices worldwide, made a point of arguing in court to keep the warrant secret. The judge refused. The company was later cleared.
Miller bought his home on Summit Crescent from the Bronfmans in 1984, and it's now evaluated at $6.1 million and drives every morning to his office in Pointe Claire where he uses a separate entrance.
|Robert Roop and|
in Florida, where
Miller later accused her of having an affair with a business executive named Robert Roop and he accused them of trying to grab his cash illegally.
She, in turn, filed divorced papers claiming that, "activities of Mr. Miller that are so offensive that he has insisted that the (divorce) proceedings (in Montreal) be sealed" from the public."
Antonier dabbles in real estate and is now in Florida where she never shies away from a camera. She once built a mall just past the Champlain N.Y. border but it went belly up when the Canadian dollar tumbled.
Miller is said to believe in cryonics, so he might have his head frozen and preserved for a future body.
He has two sons in their 30s.
An insider tells me that he underwent plastic surgery about 10 years back and has a habit of hiding his family photos away in the basement.
And one last funny story: in 2006 Future Electronic’s low-scoring amateur company hockey team was doomed to another early exit from the six-team playoffs, Miller sent his private jet to Scottsdale Arizona and for two NHL veterans off the golf course. He sat in the stands cheering as Stephane Matteau and Donald Audette helped them win the tournament.