David Thomson is a Canadian media magnate and one of the richest people in the world. He is the chairman of Thomson Reuters, one of the largest news and information companies in the world, which he owns jointly with his family. According to Forbes’ real-time net worth tracker, he is currently the wealthiest person in Canada and the 29th richest person in the world, with a net worth of $39.1 billion as of August 2021.
Early Life and Education
David Kenneth Roy Thomson was born on June 12, 1957, in Toronto, Canada, to Kenneth Thomson and his wife, Nora Marilyn Thomson. His father, who passed away in 2006, was the founder of the Thomson Corporation, which later became known as Thomson Reuters. David Thomson was educated at Upper Canada College, an elite private school in Toronto, and then went on to receive a degree in medieval history from Trinity College at the University of Toronto.
Career and Achievements
David Thomson began his career working for the family business, the Thomson Corporation, in the early 1980s. He initially worked as a journalist at one of the company’s newspapers before moving on to work in various other departments within the organization.
In 2002, David Thomson and his family acquired Reuters, the international news agency, in a deal worth $17.2 billion. The merger created Thomson Reuters, which is now one of the largest news and information companies in the world, providing information to professionals in a variety of industries, including finance, law, and healthcare.
Apart from his role at Thomson Reuters, David Thomson is also a trustee of the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Royal Ontario Museum. He also serves on the boards of numerous other organizations, including the World Wildlife Fund of Canada and the Churchill Foundation.
David Thomson is known to be extremely private and rarely gives interviews or makes public appearances. He is married to Laurie Ludwick, whom he met while they were both studying at the University of Toronto. The couple has three children and resides in Toronto.
| Name | Born | Country | Sector | Companies | Net Worth (USD) | Forbes URL HREF |
| David Thomson | June 12, 1957 | Canada | Media | Thomson Reuters | $39.1 billion | https://www.forbes.com/profile/david-thomson/ |
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