Most Powerful People

Canada’s Most Powerful Business People 2016: #20 — David Thomson

Bringing the Thomson name to new frontiers

David Thomson, Chairman, Thomson Reuters
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#20: David Thomson

Chairman, Thomson Reuters

Why he matters: Bringing the Thomson name to new frontiers

Canada’s Richest People rank: #1

The Thomson family casts a long shadow in Canada, controlling a $33-billion media and information powerhouse, on top of assets like the Globe and Mail. Third-generation leader David Thomson is expanding the business even farther abroad. At the Global Islamic Economy Summit in Dubai this year, he sat front-row centre next to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai, one of the most influential leaders in the Middle East. In a private meeting, Thomson outlined his plans to open a new innovation centre in Dubai, and other measures to support the area’s economy. The Thomson family is worth more than $30 billion.

More of Canada’s Most Powerful Business People:

▲ #19 Jeffrey Orr
▼ #21 Sarah Irving