101 Facts About Rupert Murdoch

1. Rupert Murdoch served on the boards of News Corp and 21st Century Fox and stepped into an executive role at 21st Century Fox, becoming its co-chief operating officer in March 2014 and CEO in July 2015.

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2. At the start of July 2011, Rupert Murdoch was within days of consolidating his position as his father's heir apparent, and official British approval was expected for a bid by News Corporation to increase its stake in BSkyB to 100 percent.

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3. In 2007 Rupert Murdoch became nonexecutive chairman of BSkyB and chairman of News Corporation subsidiary News International when his father gave him wider responsibility for developing media business across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

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4. Rupert Murdoch has drawn wide criticism for monopolizing control over international media outlets as well as for his conservative political views, which are often reflected in the reporting of Murdoch-controlled outlets such as Fox News.

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5. Rupert Murdoch owns newspapers, hotel chains, sports franchises and genetic technologies, as well as everyone's favourite cable TV channel, The Chimp Channel.

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6. Rupert Murdoch took his school's cricket team to the National Junior Finals.

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7. Rupert Murdoch has been listed three times in the Time 100 as one among the most influential people in the world.

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8. Rupert Murdoch could be called the "Hugh Hefner" of media as he has been married 3 times, has 6 kids, and is currently married to Chinese hottie Wendi Deng.

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9. Rupert Murdoch likes to hold secret meetings with politicians from all over the world.

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10. Rupert Murdoch was having an affair with a 31-year-old Chinese-born Wendi Deng.

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11. In 1956, Rupert Murdoch met a lovely blonde—flight attendant Patricia Booker whom he madly fell in love with.

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12. Rupert Murdoch supported the leader of the Labor Party Gough Whitlam.

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13. In 1982, Mr Rupert Murdoch acquired The Herald American from Hearst Corporation, and literally saved it from being closed.

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14. In the same year of 1985, Rupert Murdoch acquired 20th Century Fox film corporation.

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15. In 1969, Rupert Murdoch purchased a dilapidated London newspaper The Sun for £800,000.

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16. In 1968, Rupert Murdoch purchased the News of the World from the Carr family.

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17. Rupert Murdoch came back to Australia inspired by new thrilling perspectives that television gave him.

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18. Rupert Murdoch began to buy other small newspapers in towns all around Australia.

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19. Rupert Murdoch was determined to prove the board of directors wrong.

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20. Rupert Murdoch was "in bed", to use another of Grant's phrases, with politicians of all the major UK parties, though he was a fickle lover.

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21. In 1980, McKnight writes, Rupert Murdoch backed Reagan's presidential bid by "meeting his aides to discuss maximising the Republican vote in traditionally Democratic New York.

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22. Rupert Murdoch has a weakness for self-styled national saviours, whether of the right like Reagan or the left like Gough Whitlam, Australia's iconoclastic Labour prime minister in the mid 70s.

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23. On 5 December 2012, Rupert Murdoch died in her sleep in Melbourne, Victoria at the age of 103.

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24. Apart from raising her children, Rupert Murdoch devoted her life to philanthropy.

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25. Rupert Murdoch was born in Melbourne on 8 February 1909, the third daughter of Marie Grace de Lancey and Rupert Greene.

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26. Rupert Murdoch is determined to solve the financial woes of the newspaper business.

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27. In 2011, Rupert Murdoch announced with great bravado the introduction of the Daily, a tablet-only publication intended to be the next-generation, seven-day-a-week Time magazine.

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28. Rupert Murdoch wanted in on the fight to dominate social media and spent $580 million to acquire MySpace in 2005.

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29. Rupert Murdoch has had such a string of big-dollar successes—Fox News, "The Simpsons", "Avatar", BSkyB in Britain—that it's easy to forget how many things have gone awry.

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30. Rupert Murdoch founded his native Australia's sole national newspaper in 1964 and encouraged its reporting on conditions confronting aboriginal peoples.

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31. Rupert Murdoch is in the process of splitting News Corp into two entities which will see him act as chairman of both.

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32. Rupert Murdoch is one of the wealthiest people in the world, Forbes lists his wealth at $8.2 billion, his wealth is generated through his media holdings, his News Corporation media conglomerate owns 20th Century Fox, Fox News, and the New York Post.

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33. Rupert Murdoch expanded into the American market in 1973 when he acquired the San Antonio Express and News.

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34. In 1981 Rupert Murdoch bought the failing but prestigious London Times.

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35. Rupert Murdoch is a very romantic nature man as he has married four times.

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36. In 1956, Rupert Murdoch tied the knot with Patricia Booker.

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37. In 1973, Rupert Murdoch purchased San Antonio News, a tabloid based in Texas.

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38. Rupert Murdoch bought The News of the World which was a highly successful Sunday paper in London.

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39. In the late 1960s Rupert Murdoch began to possess lots of papers in the uk at the same time.

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40. In the beginning of his profession, Rupert Murdoch was involved into publishing a paper in Adelaide.

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41. Rupert Murdoch will be home-bound for an unknown number of weeks.

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42. Rupert Murdoch has since sold both The Village Voice and New York magazine.

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43. Rupert Murdoch has been compared to William Randolph Hearst, who is often considered the founder of tabloid-style journalism.

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44. In 2001 Rupert Murdoch suffered a setback when his bid to merge Sky Global, the holding company for his digital business, with Hughes Electronics, parent company of DirecTV, failed.

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45. Rupert Murdoch had already been successful in similar schemes in parts of Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

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46. Rupert Murdoch has bought a partial interest in the New York Knicks, the New York Rangers, and Madison Square Garden.

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47. Rupert Murdoch flexed more media muscle in Europe in the 1990s when he acquired broadcast rights for Champions League soccer games, among the largest sports events on the continent.

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48. In the late 1980s Rupert Murdoch expanded into book publishing by becoming chairman of the HarperCollins empire.

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49. Rupert Murdoch gave his blessing to the decision, citing his displeasure that al Fayed would assume that he could "be bought for 3 million pounds [Sterling].

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50. Rupert Murdoch introduced into the New York Post many of the same tabloid-esque tactics that had been so successful overseas.

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51. Rupert Murdoch wanted to bring his page-three pin-up concept to American readers, but his wife Anna was adamantly against it.

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52. Rupert Murdoch entered the US market in 1973 with the purchase of the San Antonio Express in Texas.

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53. Rupert Murdoch set out to revive the Adelaide News as its owner and publisher, and he implemented circulation-boosting tactics that he had learned at the Daily Express.

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54. Rupert Murdoch took his first job in journalism while still in England, when he was hired as a reporter for a newspaper in Birmingham.

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55. In 1999 Rupert Murdoch commented that the arrival of additional children would not change the succession plans for his media empire.

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56. Rupert Murdoch has bought a partial interest in the New York Knicks, the New York Rangers, and Madison Square Garden, and in Australia owns an entire rugby league.

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57. Rupert Murdoch successfully triumphed over Turner in 1997 when he purchased the Los Angeles Dodgers professional baseball team.

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58. In 1995 Rupert Murdoch financed the launch of the conservative American magazine, The Weekly Standard.

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59. Rupert Murdoch was interested in electronic media, and his 1983 investment into a European satellite television market represented his first foray.

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60. Rupert Murdoch entered the American market in 1973 when he purchased the San Antonio Express in Texas.

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61. Rupert Murdoch set his sights on England as his next conquest.

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62. Rupert Murdoch set out to revive the Adelaide News, and as its owner and publisher implemented circulation-boosting tactics he had learned at the Daily Express.

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63. Rupert Murdoch has been credited with single-handedly creating the concept of a modern media empire.

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64. In 1983 Rupert Murdoch purchased a controlling interest in Satellite Television, a London company.

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65. In 1983 Rupert Murdoch purchased a controlling interest in Satellite Television, a London company supplying entertainment programming to cable-television operators in Europe.

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66. Rupert Murdoch expanded into the American market in 1973 when he acquired the San Antonio Express and News.

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67. In 1981 Rupert Murdoch bought the failing but prestigious London Times.

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68. Rupert Murdoch planned to use his sports holdings for overseas broadcasts, noting that the Dodgers in particular had a globally recognizable brand name.

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69. In 1994 Rupert Murdoch dropped the BBC from Star Television amid protests that he was bowing to complaints from China's dictators, who said the BBC portrayed them badly.

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70. On March 1, 1987, Rupert Murdoch launched the Fox television network.

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71. In 1985 Rupert Murdoch instituted sweeping production changes in all of his London newspapers.

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72. Rupert Murdoch obtained an exception in Australia, and on September 4, 1985, he became a US citizen.

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73. Rupert Murdoch worked his usual magic, sensationalizing the Sun-Times and thereby expanding its circulation.

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74. On November 19, 1976, Rupert Murdoch bought the New York Post from Dorothy Schiff for about $50 million.

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75. In 1974 Rupert Murdoch began spending most of his time in the United States; his wife had detested the snobbery in England and was happy to split her time between a 12-room duplex in New York City and a country farmhouse in rural New York.

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76. Rupert Murdoch wanted to expand his holdings into the United States; he chose to begin with two small, struggling newspapers, buying the San Antonio Express, the San Antonio News, and their united Sunday paper for $18 million in 1973.

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77. At the time Rupert Murdoch was a socialist who celebrated Lenin as a great man, and he proved to be such an adept debater in favor of his views that in 1950 he was elected president of Oxford's Labour Club.

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78. Rupert Murdoch would remain with the organization as executive co-chairman, sharing the role with his oldest son, Lachlan.

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79. Rupert Murdoch has invested in sports; he is a part owner of the Los Angeles Kings NHL franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers NBA franchise and the Staples Center, as well as Fox Sports 1 and the Fox Sports website.

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80. Rupert Murdoch graduated from Geelong Grammar, a prestigious Australian boarding school, in 1949 before crossing the ocean to attend Worcester College at Oxford University in England.

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81. Rupert Murdoch was born on March 11, 1931, in Melbourne, Australia.

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82. Rupert Murdoch chaired both corporations and served as CEO of 21st Century Fox.

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83. Rupert Murdoch took up residence in the United States in 1974 and became a naturalized US citizen in 1985, based in New York City.

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84. Rupert Murdoch is, without a doubt, one of the most powerful media moguls alive.

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85. Rupert Murdoch is well-known in Australia and England for being quite liberal in his politics and personal life.

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86. Rupert Murdoch inherited a small chain of Australian newspapers from his father.

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87. Rupert Murdoch has spent 65 years assembling an empire that Wall Street now values at $97 billion.

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88. In 2003 Rupert Murdoch bought "Rosehearty", an 11 bedroom home on a 5-acre waterfront estate in Centre Island, New York.

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89. On 11 January 2016, Rupert Murdoch announced his engagement to former model Jerry Hall in a notice in The Times newspaper.

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90. Rupert Murdoch ended his long-standing friendship with Tony Blair after suspecting him of having an affair with Deng while they were still married.

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91. Rupert Murdoch has six children in all, and is grandfather to thirteen grandchildren.

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92. Rupert Murdoch had two daughters with her: Grace and Chloe (born 2003).

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93. In 1967 Rupert Murdoch married Anna Maria Torv, a Scottish-born cadet journalist working for his Sydney newspaper The Daily Telegraph.

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94. In 1956 Rupert Murdoch married Patricia Booker, a former shop assistant and flight attendant from Melbourne; the couple had their only child, Prudence, in 1958.

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95. In 2010 Rupert Murdoch won a media dispute with then Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

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96. Rupert Murdoch owns controlling interest in Sky Italia, a satellite television provider in Italy.

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97. In October 2015, Rupert Murdoch stirred controversy when he praised Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson and referenced President Barack Obama, tweeting, "Ben and Candy Carson terrific.

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98. In May 2013, Rupert Murdoch purchased the Moraga Estate, an estate, vineyard and winery in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California.

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99. Rupert Murdoch served on the board of directors of the libertarian Cato Institute.

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100. In a 2008 interview with Walt Mossberg, Rupert Murdoch was asked whether he had "anything to do with the New York Post's endorsement of Barack Obama in the democratic primaries.

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101. In 2004, Rupert Murdoch announced that he was moving News Corporation headquarters from Adelaide, Australia to the United States.

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