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1. Thomson Family
Total Net Worth: $36.76 billion
Change from last year: ▲ 20%
If you want to tap into one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, it pays to have powerful friends. David Thomson clearly understands this. Over the past few years, the chairman of Thomson Reuters has been forging a friendship with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the prime minister and ruler of Dubai, and one of the most influential leaders in the Middle East. It could be a lucrative relationship that will open the door for Thomson Reuters to expand in the region. As the third annual Global Islamic Economy Summit convened in Dubai this year, Thomson was seated centre stage next to Sheikh Mohammed. Gains at Thomson Reuters were a significant factor in the $6-billion bump the family saw in their collective net worth over the past year.
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