Rupert Murdoch was born 11 March 1931 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia to Keith Arthur Murdoch (1885-1952) and Elisabeth Joy Greene (1909) . He married Patricia Booker () 1956 . He married Anna Maria Torv (1944) 1967 . He married 邓文迪 (1968) 1999 .

Keith Rupert Murdoch /ˈmɜrdɒk/,[1] AC, KCSG (born 11 March 1931) is an Australian-born American media proprietor. His father, Keith Arthur Murdoch, had been a reporter and editor and a senior executive of the Herald and Weekly Times newspaper publishing company covering all Australian States except New South Wales. After his father's death in 1952 Keith Rupert Murdoch declined to join his late father's registered public company and created his own private company, News Limited. Murdoch then had full control as Chairman and CEO of Global Media Holding Company News Corporation, the world's second-largest media conglomerate, and its successors, News Corp and 21st Century Fox, after the conglomerate split on 28 June 2013.[2][3][4][5]

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. Murdoch moved to New York City in 1974, to expand into the U.S. market; however, he retained interests in Australia and in Britain. In 1981, Murdoch bought The Times, his first British broadsheet, and became a naturalised U.S. citizen in 1985 to satisfy the legal requirement for U.S. television ownership.[6]


Offspring of Rupert Murdoch and Patricia Booker ()
Name Birth Death Joined with
Prudence Murdoch (1958)

Offspring of Rupert Murdoch and Anna Maria Torv (1944)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Elisabeth Murdoch (1968)
Lachlan Keith Murdoch (1971)
James Rupert Murdoch (1972)

Offspring of Rupert Murdoch and 邓文迪 (1968)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Grace Helen Murdoch (2001)
Chloe Murdoch (2003)

Murdoch has six children.[7] His eldest child, Prudence MacLeod, was appointed on 28 January 2011 to the board of Times Newspapers Ltd, part of News International, which publishes The Times and The Sunday Times.[8] Murdoch's eldest son Lachlan, formerly the deputy chief operating officer at the News Corporation and the publisher of the New York Post, was Murdoch's heir apparent before resigning from his executive posts at the global media company at the end of July 2005.[7] Lachlan's departure left James Murdoch chief executive of the satellite television service British Sky Broadcasting since November 2003, as the only Murdoch son still directly involved with the company's operations, though Lachlan has agreed to remain on the News Corporation's board.[9]


Footnotes (including sources)

‡ General
₪ Wedding
  • Divorced in 1960.
2 Wedding 2
  • Divorced in 1999.
2 Wedding 3
  • WARGS says 'on board the yacht "Morning Glory" on the Hudson River in New York Harbor, 25 June 1999, as her second husband'

Robin Patterson

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  2. ^ "Fortune". CNN. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "PowerPoint Presentation" (PDF). Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Siklos, Richard (9 February 2009). "Why Disney wants DreamWorks". CNN. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "News Corporation – Annual Report 2007". Newscorp. 30 June 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  6. ^ Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Witzel
  7. ^ a b Tweedie, Neil; Holehouse, Matthew (16 July 2011). "Phone hacking: Rupert Murdoch's media empire explodes". Daily Telegraph (London). 
  8. ^ Greenslade, Roy (2 March 2011). "Another Murdoch joins the Time.". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 24 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "The sadness of Rupert Murdoch". The Economist. 4 August 2005. 
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