Is Corel's Cowpland Crazy Like A Fox Or Just Crazy?

Armed with WordPerfect, Michael Cowpland takes on Microsoft

Michael C.J. Cowpland is easily Canada's most flamboyant entrepreneur. Last year, the chief executive of Canada's No.1 software company, Corel Corp., riled the sedate Rockcliffe section of Ottawa by building a 20,000-square-foot glass-walled mansion for his second wife, Marilyn. Its 10-car garage houses a Lamborghini and a pair of his-and-her Porsches. Last December, Marilyn caused a stir by posing for the cover of Ottawa Magazine in a skintight spandex Santa suit.

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