1: Thomson Family
Net Worth: $39.13 billion
Change from 2016 Ranking: ▲6.4%
Major company holdings: Thomson Reuters, Woodbridge Co.
Canada’s richest family maintains its spot at the top of the list on the strength of the company that bears its name, Thomson Reuters. The firm’s stock hit a rough patch early in 2016 but gained back that ground over the course of the year. This fall, the company announced it was cutting 2,000 jobs around the world to streamline its operations. But while that was bad news for other parts of the world, Thomson Reuters is boosting its operations in Canada: A new technology hub in Toronto is expected to add 400 positions to its payroll in this country over the next two years, with longer-term ambitions to employ up to 1,500.