Rupert Murdoch biography

Rupert Murdoch profile

BornKeith Rupert MurdochRupert Murdoch
 11March 1931 
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
NationalityAmerican / Australian
CitizenshipUnited States (naturalized 1985)
Alma materWorcester College, Oxford
OccupationChairman and CEO of News Corporation (1979–2013)
Executive Chairman of News Corp (2013–present)
Chairman and CEO of 21st Century Fox 
Board member ofNews Corp
21st Century Fox
Spouse(s)Patricia Booker
(1956–1967, 1 child)
Anna Murdoch Mann
(1967–1999, 3 children)
Wendi Deng
(1999–2013, 2 children)
ChildrenPrudence (b. 1958)
Elisabeth (b. 1968)
Lachlan (b. 1971)
James (b. 1972)
Grace (b. 2001)
Chloe (b. 2003)
ParentsKeith Murdoch (1885–1952)
Elisabeth Joy (1909–2012)
RelativesJanet Calvert-Jones (sister)
Anne Kantor (sister)
Helen Handbury (sister)
Matthew Freud (son-in-law)
Sarah Murdoch (daughter-in-law)
AwardsCompanion of the Order of Australia (1984)

Keith Rupert Murdoch (born 11 March 1931) is an Australian American business tycoon. He is the founder, Chairman and CEO of global media holding company News Corporation, the world's second-largest media conglomerate. He is an executive and actor.
He studied at Worcester College, Oxford (M.A., 1953), and briefly worked as an editor on Lord Beaverbrook’s London Daily Express. In 1973 Murdoch entered the American newspaper business by purchasing two San Antonio, Texas, dailies.
In April 2000 he was diagnosed and treated for a "low grade" form of cancer.


Has one daughter, Prudence (born in 1958), from his first marriage.
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.
Owned the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball franchise from 1998-2004, which he purchased from the O'Malley family.
Murdoch divorced Anna in 1999 and married Wendi Deng, a former television executive more than thirty years his junior.


In motivating people, you've got to engage their minds and their hearts. I motivate people, I hope, by example - and perhaps by excitement, by having productive ideas to make others feel involved.

When you're a catalyst for change, you make enemies - and I'm proud of the ones I've got.

Look, the whole world wants to modernize, and when you look to what they mean by modernizing, they mean Americanize. Would a modern Greek prefer to live in Orange County than Piraeus? Yes. Absolutely.

I'm a catalyst for change. You can't be an outsider and be successful over 30 years without leaving a certain amount of scar tissue around the place.

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