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Overview (3)

Born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Birth NameRupert Keith Murdoch
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Rupert Murdoch is Executive Chairman of News Corp and Co-Chairman of Fox Corporation, two of the most recognized and influential media companies in the world.

Mr. Murdoch has been Executive Chairman of News Corp since 2013, when News Corporation separated into two distinct, publicly traded companies, News Corp and 21st Century Fox. He was Executive Chairman of 21st Century Fox from 2015 until the closing of the merger of 21st Century Fox and The Walt Disney Company in March 2019.

In 1954, Mr. Murdoch took control of News Limited, an Australian-based public corporation whose only key asset at the time was a majority interest in the number-two daily newspaper in Adelaide, South Australia. Since News Corporation's inception in 1979, Mr. Murdoch served as CEO and Chairman, and oversaw the expansion and development of the Company into an international media business.

In 1960, News Corporation acquired the Daily Mirror in Sydney and, in 1964, launched a national newspaper, The Australian. In 1969, the Company ventured into the United Kingdom and later purchased The Sun newspaper.

In the 1980s, News Corporation purchased the UK newspapers The Times and The Sunday Times, and HarperCollins Publishers, today one of the world's largest and most digitally advanced book publishers. In 2007, the Company acquired Dow Jones & Company, including The Wall Street Journal.

News Corporation purchased Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation in 1985 and the studio subsequently produced many award-winning films, including the two top-grossing films of all time: Titanic and Avatar. The following year, the Company created the Fox Television Stations group, which was the foundation for the launch of FOX Broadcasting Company and FOX Sports.

FOX was the leading television network in the U.S. for a record eight consecutive years. In October 1996, News Corporation launched the FOX News Channel - the undisputed leader in 24-hour news service. The Company also successfully established some of the U.S. and the world's most popular cable networks, including Fox Sports Network, FX and the National Geographic Channels.

In 2012, News Corporation further expanded its footprint in Australia through its acquisition of media investment company Consolidated Media Holdings. News Corp Australia is now a majority shareholder of Foxtel/FOX SPORTS Australia, the largest pay-TV provider in Australia, and owns and operates Sky News Australia, a 24-hour multi-channel, multi-platform news service.

Also in Australia, News Corp owns the majority interest in digital real estate company REA Group, operator of the country's leading property websites, and of iProperty Group, which owns a number of leading property portals in Asia. In 2014, News Corp completed acquisition of Move, Inc., operator of realtor.com®, a leading provider of online real estate services.

Mr. Murdoch has been awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia (A.C.) for services to the media and to newspaper publishing in particular. He and his family have been closely involved with, and made generous contributions to, various educational, cultural, and medical charitable organizations throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Asia and Israel.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: News Corp Official Site Bio

Family (1)

Spouse Jerry Hall (4 March 2016 - present)
Wendi Murdoch (25 June 1999 - 20 November 2013)  (divorced)  (2 children)
Anna Murdoch (28 April 1967 - 8 June 1999)  (divorced)  (3 children)
Patricia Booker (1 March 1956 - 1967)  (divorced)  (1 child)

Trivia (27)

Is the CEO and majority stock-owner of Newscorp., a public company which owns several major media enterprises, among which are the FOX broadcast network, the Fox News Channel , 20th Century Fox Film Corp., The New York Post, Reganbooks and HarperCollins Publishers, the BSkyb satellite company, The London Times, and many others around the world.
Daughters with Wendi: Grace Helen (born on 19 November 2001) and Chloe (born July 17, 2003).
Owned the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball franchise from 1998-2004, which he purchased from the O'Malley family.
Born to Australian newspaper publisher Sir Keith Murdoch (1886-1952) and his wife Elisabeth Greene (born in 1909), he has three older sisters.
In November 2003, he made his younger son James (then 30 years of age) the chief executive of BSkyB, of which he himself is chairman and the biggest shareholder (34.3%). Until then, his older son Lachlan Murdoch, deputy chief operating officer at News Corp. and head of the New York Post and the company's television stations) had seemed to be the heir apparent.
Although a capitalist and supposedly conservative, Rupert Murdoch supported Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY), as was mentioned on FOX News. The Aussie-American media baron who created the Fox News Channel in 1996 as a conservative counterpoint to what he considered the liberal Cable News Network (CNN), founded by outspoken liberal media baron, Ted Turner, in 1980.
When he went on a buying spree of Australian newspapers, he was given the derisive nickname "Koala Kong" by his critics.
Father with Anna Maria Torv of Elisabeth Murdoch, Lachlan Murdoch and James Murdoch. Father-in-law of Sarah Murdoch.
His two young daughters from Wendi Deng have "playtime sessions" with Hugh Jackman's two adopted children in New York.
Twentieth Century Fox, which his company owns, itself owns a partial share of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and United Artists. United Artists's signature series, the James Bond films, featured a character based on Murdoch in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).
Studied politics, economics and philosophy at Worchester College, Oxford University.
Has one daughter, Prudence (born in 1958), from his first marriage.
Played himself in an episode of The Simpsons (1989), introducing himself as "Rupert Murdoch, the billionaire tyrant", and was lampooned in several other episodes of the show.
He was awarded the A.C. (Companion of the Order of Australia) on January 26, 1984 for his services to journalism and media in Australia.
On the prospect of Murdoch acquiring the Chicago Sun-Times, where daily columnist Mike Royko shifted from the Chicago Daily News following its demise, Royko famously said "no self-respecting fish" would allow itself to be wrapped in a Murdoch paper. With Murdoch's acquisition of The Sun-Times, Royko shifted employers again and wrote his column for the Chicago Tribune.
He was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in the 2001 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to the media both in Australia and internationally.
He personally asked Fox Searchlight to release Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2011) in North America.
On the The Big Bang Theory (2007) episode, The Big Bang Theory: The Large Hadron Collision (2010), Sheldon calls Murdoch a traitor because, "He owns FOX and they canceled Firefly (2002).
Ex-uncle-in-law of Anna Torv.
His mother, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, passed away at age 103 [December 5, 2012].
New York City, New York [June 2009]
Yass, New South Wales, Australia [July 2007]
Initiated Sky News and Fox News.
Having announced his January 2016 engagement to Jerry Hall four months he and Jerry confirmed the rumors of their relationship, he married his fiancée at the Spencer House on March 4, 2016.
Endorsed Donald Trump for the 2016 Presidential election.
Mentioned in "Now That I Own the BBC" (1994) by Sparks.
Stepfather (with fourth wife Jerry Hall) of Elizabeth Jagger, James Jagger, Georgia Jagger and Gabriel Jagger.

Personal Quotes (7)

Our underlying philosophy is that all media are one.
I believe in competition. The way to control the market is to have competition. If someone goes bust, too bad.
Much of what passes for quality on British television really is no more than a reflection of the values of the narrow elite which controls it and which has always thought that its tastes are synonymous with quality.
The socially mobile are portrayed as uncaring; businessmen as crooks; money-making is to be despised. As a result, in the values it exudes, British television has been an integral part of the British disease, hostile to the sort of culture needed to cure that disease. The fact that those who control British TV have always worked in a non-market environment, protected by public subsidy and state privilege, is a major reason why they are innately unsympathetic to markets and competition.
As British television is transformed by this new, multi-channel diversity, I believe the consequent new freedoms will bring forth a television system of choice and quality, the like of which has never been seen. (Speaking in 1989, the year he launched Sky Television in the UK)
[on the BBC] A massive taxpayer-funded mouthpiece for tiny circulation leftist Guardian.
There is a huge lack of balance in UK media with 8,000 BBC left-wing journalists far outnumbering all national print journalists.

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