Rupert Murdoch marries 5th time at the age of 93 , report says

Rupert Murdoch
Rupert Murdoch

On June 1st, Australian media magnate Rupert Murdoch tied the knot with retired Russian biologist Elena Zhukov at his lavish Moraga vineyard estate in California, as reported by The Independent. At 93 years old, Murdoch exchanged vows with the 67-year-old Zhukov, marking a new chapter in both their lives.

According to BBC reports, the couple’s love story began at a gathering hosted by one of Murdoch’s former spouses in the spring of 2023. Their engagement was officially announced in March 2024, as noted by The Independent.

Prior to Zhukov, Murdoch’s marital history was a tapestry of high-profile unions. His most recent marriage was to U.S. model and actress Jerry Hall, spanning from 2016 to 2022, according to The Independent. Preceding Hall were marriages to Australian flight attendant Patricia Booker, Scottish-born journalist Anna Mann, and Chinese-born entrepreneur Wendi Deng, detailed by the BBC.

Murdoch’s ascent to media mogul status commenced in 1952 when he inherited a newspaper from his father in Adelaide, Australia, as outlined by the Associated Press. Over the years, he expanded his empire to encompass numerous publications in the U.K. and the U.S., including the News of the World, the Sun, the New York Post, and the Wall Street Journal, per BBC.

A landmark achievement was the launch of Fox News in 1996, along with the establishment of the Fox broadcast network, which successfully rivaled the traditional “Big Three” of broadcasting – ABC, CBS, and NBC.

In September 2023, Murdoch relinquished leadership of his two conglomerates, Fox Corp. and News Corp., according to the Associated Press. His son, Lachlan, assumed the role of News Corp. chairman and continued to serve as Fox Corp.’s chief executive officer, following Murdoch’s departure.

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