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Keith Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch

Keith Rupert Murdoch, also known as shortly Rupert Murdoch, is a powerful media entrepreneur, newspaper publisher and also the founder and head of News Corporation, a global media conglomerate. He is an Australian-born American media mogul born on 11 March 1931 in Melbourne to Sir Keith Murdoch and Dame Elisabeth Murdoch. He is the Founder, Executive Chairman of News Corp, and Executive Co-Chairman of 21st Century Fox.

His father, Sir Keith Murdoch, was a reporter, editor, and senior executive of the Herald and Weekly Times newspaper publishing company, covering all Australian states except New South Wales. After his father’s death he declined join his late father’s registered public company and started a private company, News Corporation, today the world’s second-largest media conglomerate. He had the full control over the company as a Chairman and CEO.

In June 2013 News Corporation split its print and television and media holdings. Its print division was reconstituted as News Corporation also referred to as News Corp. Its television and media holdings became the much-larger and more-profitable conglomerate 21st Century Fox. 21st Century Fox is currently the United States third-largest media conglomerate after The Walt Disney Company and Comcast. This company’s assets include the Fox Entertainment Group – owners of the 20th Century Fox film studio, Fox television network and Fox News Channel, etc.

Murdoch owns more than 30 newspapers in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom that includes famous brands such as New York Post (1976), The Times (1981), The Sunday Times and The Daily Telegraph (1972). His other assets include HarperCollins (1989), Mushroom Records (1999) record label, Dow Jones information services. In the rating of the 400 richest people in America, published by Forbes magazine in 2015, Rupert Murdoch took 38th place with a net worth of $11.6 billion.

Personal Life

Rupert Murdoch is of English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. Murdoch attended Geelong Grammar School, where he was co-editor of the school’s official journal “The Corian” and editor of the student journal “If Revived”. After graduating from the school he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Worcester College, Oxford in England. After the death of his father in 1952, Murdoch became the owner of Adelaide newspapers, the News and the Sunday Mail.

In 1956 Murdoch married Patricia Booker, a former shop assistant and flight attendant from Melbourne and they had a daughter, Prudence, before divorcing in 1965. Murdoch married Anna Maria Torv, a Scottish-born cadet journalist working for his Sydney newspaper The Daily Telegraph in 1967, and they had four children before divorcing in 1999. On 25 June 1999, 17 days after divorcing his second wife, Murdoch, married Chinese-born Wendi Deng, a newly appointed vice-president of his STAR TV. They have two children before divorcing in June 2013.

On 4 March 2016, Murdoch, a week short of his 85th birthday, married Jerry Hall, a former model in London, at Spencer House. Murdoch has six children in all, and is grandfather to thirteen grandchildren.

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