Robert Thomson (born 1961) is an Australian journalist. Since January 2013 he has been chief executive of News Corp. From May 2008 he was managing editor of the Wall Street Journal, and before that was editor of The Times.
Thomson was born in Torrumbarry, Victoria and studied at Christian Brothers College, St Kilda and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. One of his ancestors was named Arturo Dell'Oro, and came from Domodossola, in northern Italy. He is married to Wang Ping, the daughter of a general in the Chinese People's Liberation Army.
Thomson began his journalistic career in 1979 as a copyboy at The Herald in Melbourne (now the Herald Sun). In 1983, he became senior feature writer for The Sydney Morning Herald and two years later became Beijing correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald as well as the Financial Times (FT). Since January 2013 Thomson has been chief executive of News Corp. From May 2008 he was managing editor of the Wall Street Journal, and before that was editor of The Times. He received an honorary doctorate from RMIT University in 2010.
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