Passage: Ken Thomson
Ken Thomson passed away yesterday at the age of 82. Thomson died in his Toronto office of an apparent heart attack. Thomson was chairman of The Woodbridge Company, a holding company that owns 31.5% of Bell Globemedia. From 1976 to 2002, he was chairman of The Thomson Corporation, founded by his father, Roy Thomson. Under Ken Thomson’s direction, this corporation shifted its operations from media and energy to online information services. At the time of his death, Thomson remained a director of the corporation. A noted art collector and holder of the title Lord Thomson of Fleet, Ken Thomson was Canada’s richest man and the ninth-wealthiest man in the world, according to Forbes magazine, with a personal worth of US$19.6 billion.