David Kenneth Roy Thomson, 3rd Baron Thomson of Fleet is a Canadian media magnate, businessman and philanthropist. He, along with his family owns the media publishing powerhouse company Thomson Reuters. David was born on June 12, 1957 in the respected and admired The Lord Thomson of Fleet family of Canada.
Apart from working for many companies established by his father, he started his own real estate firm by the name of Osmington Incorporated. The company has partnered with the True North Sports and Entertainment, which owns the Winnipeg Jets of National Hockey League and MTS Centre.
Let us now glance at the illustrious Thomson Family
Thomson Great-Grandparents – Herbert Thomson & Alice Coombs
David’s great grandfather was Herbert Thomson, who worked as a telegrapher originally, but took up hairdressing, later, as a profession. He was the son of Hugh Thomson and Mary Nichol Sylvester. Herbert married Alice Coombs, who had British ancestry. Together they had children out of which David’s grandfather turned out to be of prominence.
Thomson Grandparents – Roy Thomson
Roy Herbert Thomson, 1st Baron Thomson of Fleet was David’s grandfather and the man behind the Thomson publishing empire. He started as selling radios and then moved on to the newspaper publishing business soon. He married and had a total number of three children; Kenneth, Irma and Audrey, who inherited stakes in the company.
Thomson Parents – Kenneth Thomson & Nora Marilyn Lavis Thomson
Kenneth Thomson, 2nd Baron Thomson of Fleet was David’s father and the oldest child of Roy Thomson. He inherited the Thomson family business after the death of his father and expanded it to whole new horizons. He married Nora Marilyn Lavis in 1956 and they had 2 sons, David and Peter, and one daughter, Lesley. David is their oldest child.
Thomson Spouse/Partner – Mary Lou La Prairie, Laurie Ludwick, Kelly Rowan & Severine Nackers
David has been married and divorced twice so far in his life. He married Mary Lou La Prairie in 1998 and had two daughters with her. His second wife was Laurie Ludwick, with whom he had one son. The second marriage for him ended up in a bitter divorce too. After that he became engaged to a well-established actress Kelly Rowan and she gave birth to their daughter just before they decided to split. After separating from Rowan, David briefly dated Severine Nackers and allegedly has a child with her.
David has a total of four children; three daughters and a son.
As of 2015, David Thomson and family have a net worth of 25.1 billion USD. This makes him the 25th richest in the world and the richest person in entire Canada.