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Rupert Murdoch

AC KCSG
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Murdoch on 25 September 2017
Born
Keith Rupert Murdoch

11 March 1931 (1931-03-11) (age 88)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Citizenship Australian (1931–1985)
American (naturalized 1985)
Alma mater Worcester College, Oxford (BA)
Known for Chairman and CEO of News Corporation (1979–2013)
Executive Chairman of News Corp (2013–present)
Chairman and CEO of 21st Century Fox (2013–2015)
Executive Co-Chairman of 21st Century Fox (2015–present)
Acting CEO of Fox News (2016–2018)
Chairman of Fox News (2016–present)
Net worth US$18.1 billion (October 2018)
Political party Republican
Board member of News Corp
21st Century Fox
Fox
Spouse(s)
  • Patricia Booker
    (m. 1956; div. 1967)
  • Anna Murdoch Mann
    (m. 1967; div. 1999)
  • Wendi Deng
    (m. 1999; div. 2013)
  • Jerry Hall (m. 2016)
Children 6, including Prudence, Elisabeth, Lachlan, and James
Parent(s) Keith Murdoch
Elisabeth Joy
Relatives Ivon Murdoch (uncle)
Patrick Murdoch (grandfather)
Walter Murdoch (great-uncle)
Awards Companion of the Order of Australia (1984)

Keith Rupert Murdoch, AC KCSG (born 11 March 1931) is an Australian-born American media mogul.

Murdoch's father, Sir Keith Murdoch, was a reporter and editor who became a senior executive of The Herald and Weekly Times publishing company, covering all Australian states except New South Wales. After his father's death in 1952, Murdoch declined to join his late father's registered public company and created his own private company, News Limited.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Murdoch acquired a number of newspapers in Australia and New Zealand before expanding into the United Kingdom in 1969, taking over the News of the World, followed closely by The Sun. In 1974, Murdoch moved to New York City, to expand into the U.S. market; however, he retained interests in Australia and Britain. In 1981, Murdoch bought The Times, his first British broadsheet and, in 1985, became a naturalized U.S. citizen, giving up his Australian citizenship, to satisfy the legal requirement for U.S. television ownership.

In 1986, keen to adopt newer electronic publishing technologies, Murdoch consolidated his UK printing operations in Wapping, causing bitter industrial disputes. His holding company News Corporation acquired Twentieth Century Fox (1985), HarperCollins (1989), and The Wall Street Journal (2007). Murdoch formed the British broadcaster BSkyB in 1990 and, during the 1990s, expanded into Asian networks and South American television. By 2000, Murdoch's News Corporation owned over 800 companies in more than 50 countries, with a net worth of over $5 billion.

In July 2011, Murdoch faced allegations that his companies, including the News of the World, owned by News Corporation, had been regularly hacking the phones of celebrities, royalty, and public citizens. Murdoch faced police and government investigations into bribery and corruption by the British government and FBI investigations in the U.S. On 21 July 2012, Murdoch resigned as a director of News International. On 1 July 2015, Murdoch left his post as CEO of 21st Century Fox. However, Murdoch and his family continue to own both 21st Century Fox and News Corp through the Murdoch Family Trust.

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