The Thomson family of Canada controls a web of media businesses, which has grown and evolved from extremely modest origins in the 1930s to become one of the world’s largest news and information empires. Now in a third generation of family ownership, their media holdings include the global Reuters news agency, The Globe and Mail national newspaper, many U.S. publishing companies, and several online databases. The corporate form of the family’s holdings has also changed over the years from Thomson Newspapers and the Thomson Organization to the International Thomson Organization to the Thomson Corporation and now to Thomson Reuters. The family’s privately held Woodbridge Company owns 62% of the shares of publicly traded Thomson Reuters, one third of the Canadian Press news agency, and ...

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