Most Powerful People

Canada’s Most Powerful Business People 2016: #23 — Shane Smith

Tearing down the old media establishment

Shane Smith, Co-Founder & CEO, Vice Media
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#23: Shane Smith

Co-Founder & CEO, Vice Media

Why he matters: Tearing down the old media establishment

@shanesmith30 145,000 followers

Vice Media positions itself as the wild child of the media world, but the millennial-focused outlet is enjoying mainstream success. Last year, Shane Smith announced a $100-million partnership with Rogers Communications (owner of Canadian Business) to open a production studio in Toronto and launch a 24-hour TV channel. It’s a major acknowledgement by traditional media that nobody knows today’s must-have millennial audience like Smith. He’s even mused about taking Vice public, the natural next step for a media mogul.

More of Canada’s Most Powerful Business People:

▲ #22 Galen G. Weston
▼ #24 Ryan Holmes