David Thom­son

CHAIR­MAN, THE WOOD­BRIDGE COM­PANY

Toronto Life - - The Fifty Most Influential 2018 -

press shy, so­cially awk­ward and un­fath­omably loaded, the 3rd Baron Thom­son of Fleet proved again in 2018 that bil­lion­aires needn’t be loud to be ef­fec­tive. Through the fam­ily’s Wood­bridge Com­pany and his per­sonal en­ter­prise, Os­ming­ton, Canada’s rich­est man con­trols fi­nan­cial in­for­ma­tion (Thom­son Reuters), me­dia (the Globe and Mail), sports (the Win­nipeg Jets), real es­tate (pro­posed mega­mall sites in Bramp­ton and Bar­rie) and art (the world’s largest col­lec­tion of works by John Con­sta­ble). Thom­son is also drop­ping roughly $125 mil­lion on a 10-storey tech­nol­ogy cen­tre in the En­ter­tain­ment Dis­trict that will em­ploy 1,500. up next: When the long-run­ning facelift of Union Sta­tion wraps up, it will be­come as much a tourist des­ti­na­tion as a way­point, with open, airy and mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture and swishy shops and restau­rants.

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