- Rupert Murdoch
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Chairmanand CEO, News Corporation
networth = gain$8.3 Billion [ [http://www.forbes.com/lists/2008/10/billionaires08_Rupert-Murdoch_639W.html#109 Keith Rupert Murdoch - Forbes.com ] ]
spouse = Patricia Booker (1956-1967)
Anna Tõrv (1967-1999)
children = Prudence Murdoch (b.1958)
Elisabeth Murdoch (b.1968)
James Murdoch (b.1972)
Grace Murdoch (b.2001)
Chloe Murdoch (b.2003)
Elisabeth Joy Greene (b.1909)
is gayBold text Keith Rupert Murdoch, AC, KCSG (born
Melbourne, March 11, 1931), usually known as Rupert Murdoch, is an Australian-American globalmedia mogul. He is the major shareholder, chairmanand managing directorof News Corporation(News Corp). Beginning with newspapers and television stations in his native Australia, Murdoch expanded News Corp into the UK, US and Asian media markets. In recent years has become a leading investor in satellite television, the film industry, the Internetand media. News Corp is based in New York.
According to the 2008
Forbes 400, Murdoch is the 109th-richest person in the world, with a net worth of $8.3 billion.
Early life and family
Murdoch's father was Sir Keith Arthur Murdoch, a powerful Australian newspaper proprietor of Presbyterian family. His mother is
Dame Elisabeth Murdoch(née Elisabeth Joy Greene), the daughter of a wealthy Irish family. Rupert attended Geelong Grammar, one of Australia's most elite private schools and was reading philosophy, politics and economics at Worcester College, University of Oxford, England, when his father died in 1952.
Before his death, Keith Murdoch had accumulated a great number of shares in newspaper companies, including some representing a controlling interest in News Limited, an
Adelaidecompany publishing an afternoon newspaper called "The News". He had appointed an experienced journalist named Rohan Rivett, a childhood friend and mentor of Rupert Murdoch, as editor of "The News", with the hope that Rupert would enter a career in journalism and that Rivett would assist Rupert in learning the required skills. In his will, Keith Murdoch instructed his trustees that Rupert should begin his career at "The News": "if they consider him worthy of support". At that time of his father's death, Murdoch had written articles for Oxford student newspapers and had worked for a number of newspapers in a junior capacity. Some thought he had little interest in journalism though and noted his enthusiasm for gambling and making money.cite book |last=Younger |first=R.M. |title="Keith Murdoch: Founder of a Media Empire" |year=2003 |publisher=HarperCollins] At the time of his death Keith Murdoch was heavily in debt, but possessed within a private family trust a considerable number of newspaper shares, some of which may have actually belonged to The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd. [Chenoweth (2001) p 45] The trustees, in consultation with Keith's widow and Rupert's mother, Lady Murdoch, were forced to sell many of the shares and other property in order to repay debt and death duties (government taxes). Elisabeth was able to retain only the family home, Cruden Farm, and the shares in News Limited and its subsidiaries, a Melbourne magazine publishing company named Southdown Press and " The Barrier Miner", a regional newspaper at Broken Hill, New South Wales.
tart of business career
Rupert Murdoch returned from Oxford to become managing director of News Limited in 1953. Through his leadership, the staff and the circulation and advertising revenue began to grow. He began to direct his attention to acquisition and expansion. He bought the "Sunday Times" in
Perth, Western Australiaand, using the tabloid techniques of his father's mentor Lord Northcliffe, made it a success.Fact|date=February 2008
In 1956, Murdoch began publishing Australia's first and most successful weekly television magazine, "
TV Week", at Southdown Press in Melbourne, which also published Australia's oldest women's magazine " New Idea". With the Perth paper, the TV magazine and a re-energised "New Idea" all providing a steady and improving cash flow he was able to obtain finance for more expansion from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, a government-owned bank dedicated to supporting Australian business development.
A defining moment in Murdoch's life was the Stuart case in Adelaide when "The News" began a campaign to free Max Stuart, a young Aboriginal carnival worker, who had been convicted of the murder of a small girl on a beach near
Ceduna, South Australiain late 1958. Stuart had been sentenced to death by hanging. "The News" was openly critical of the case and investigated it extensively. The death penalty was eventually commuted to life imprisonment.
The campaign by "The News" raised the ire of the
Premier of South Australia, Sir Thomas Playford. He established a royal commission, conducted by the state's Chief Justice, the same judge who had passed sentence on Stuart. The outcome was a confirmation of Stuart's guilt and a recommendation that News Ltd (of which Murdoch was managing director) and its editor be charged with nine counts of seditious libel, a form of treason based on medieval English law, and criminal libel. Eight of the charges were thrown out, but the jury could not agree on the ninth, which the prosecution subsequently withdrew. This experience gave Murdoch a taste of the overwhelming power of popularly elected politicians and would shape the future policies of all his newspapers. (In 2002, he financed a motion picture "Black and White", a fictionalised version of the Stuart story.) Shortly after the case, Murdoch replaced Rivett as editor of "The News".
Over the next few years, Murdoch established himself in Australia as a dynamic business operator, expanding his holdings by acquiring suburban and provincial newspapers in
New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and the Northern Territory. including the Sydney afternoon tabloid, "The Daily Mirror", as well as a small Sydney-based recording company, Festival Records. His acquisition of the "Daily Mirror" allowed him to challenge two powerful rivals in Australia's biggest city and to outwit his afternoon rival in a long circulation war.Fact|date=February 2008
In 1964, Murdoch launched "
The Australian", Australia's first national daily newspaper, based first in Canberraand later in Sydney. "The Australian", a broadsheet, was intended to give Murdoch a new respectability as a 'quality' newspaper publisher and greater political influence. The paper had a rocky start, marked by publishing difficulties and a constantly changing succession of editors who found it impossible to deal with Murdoch's persistent interference. Promised as a serious journal of the affairs of the nation, the paper actually veered between tabloid sensationalism and intellectual tedium until Murdoch was able to find a compliant editor who could abide with his often unpredictable predilections.
The departure in 1966 of the Liberal Prime Minister
Robert Menziessaw a chaotic six years of politics after Menzies' chosen successor Harold Holtdrowned, to be replaced by John Gortonand then William McMahon. In 1972, Murdoch acquired the Sydney morning tabloid "The Daily Telegraph". In that year's election, Murdoch threw his growing power behind the Australian Labor Partyunder the leadership of Gough Whitlamand duly saw it win power. As the Whitlam government suffered a great loss of public support following its 1974 re-election, Murdoch soon turned against Whitlam and supported the Governor-General's dismissal of the Prime Minister.
During this period, Murdoch turned his attention overseas. His business success in Australia and his fastidious policy of prompt periodic repayments of his borrowings had placed him in good financial standing with the
Commonwealth Bankand he obtained its support for his biggest venture yet, the takeover of a family company which owned "The News of the World", the Sunday newspaper with the biggest circulation in Britain.
Building the Empire
Acquisitions in Britain
Murdoch expanded to Britain in 1968. He succeeded in beating rival publisher
Robert Maxwellin securing "The News of the World", which had been the most popular English language newspaper in the world, claiming a peak circulation of 8,441,966 in 1950. By 1968, the circulation had dropped to around six million and a substantial number of its shares were offered for sale by a member of the Carr family, which had part-owned and managed the company for nearly seventy years. [Shawcross (1997) pp 69-78]
It was also the first time Murdoch risked the whole business he had already created on the outcome of a new venture, for he mortgaged the most valuable of his existing Australian properties to buy the paper with a promise that he would share control with the existing Carr management. Upon succeeding, Murdoch not only controlled "News of the World" but had then completely regained full ownership of all his Australian assets. [Page (2003) pp 120-123]
When the daily newspaper "The Sun" entered the market in 1969, Murdoch acquired and converted it into a
tabloidformat, which by 2006 was selling three million copies per day. [Page (2003) pp 131-135 et seq.]
Murdoch acquired the London "Times" (and "
The Sunday Times") in 1981, the paper Lord Northcliffe had once owned. The distinction of owning "The Times" came to him through his careful cultivation of the owner who had grown tired of losing money on the property.
During the 1980s and early 90s, Murdoch's publications were generally supportive of the UK Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher. [Page (2003) p 3, pp 253-419]
At the end of the Thatcher/Major era, Murdoch switched his support to the Labour Party and the party's leader
Tony Blair. The closeness of his relationship with Blair and their secret meetings to discuss national policies was to become a political issue in Britain.
In 1986, Murdoch introduced electronic production processes to his newspapers in Australia, Britain, and the United States. This led to significant reductions in the number of employees involved in the printing process due to the greater role of automation. In England, the move aroused the anger of the print unions, resulting in a long and often violent dispute fought in London's docklands area of
Wapping, where Murdoch had installed the very latest electronic newspaper publishing factory in an old warehouse. [Page (2003) pp 368-393] The unions had been led to assume that Murdoch intended to launch a new London evening newspaper from those premises, but he had kept as a surprise his intention to relocate all News titles there.Fact|date=June 2007 The bitter dispute at Fortress Wappingstarted with the dismissal of 6000 employees who had gone on strike and resulted in street battles,demonstrations and a great deal of bad publicity for Murdoch. Many suspected that the Conservative government of Margaret Thatcherhad colluded in the Wapping affair as a way of damaging the British trade Union movement. Once the Wapping battle had ended, union opposition in Australia followed suit.Fact|date=June 2007 Today, most newspapers around the world are produced using his method, with significant cost savings involved in the automation of the process.Fact|date=June 2007
News has subsidiaries in the
Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, the Channel Islandsand the Virgin Islands. From 1986 News Corporation's annual tax bill averaged around seven percent of profits. [Chenoweth (2001) pp 300-303, 87-90, 177]
Moving into the United States
Murdoch made his first acquisition in the United States in 1973, when he purchased the "
San Antonio Express-News". Soon afterwards, he founded "Star", a supermarket tabloid, and in 1976, he purchased the " New York Post". On September 4, 1985, Murdoch became a naturalized citizen, to satisfy the legal requirement that only US citizens could own American television stations. In 1987, in Australia, he bought The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd, the company that his father had once managed. By 1991, his Australian-based News Corp. had amassed huge debts, which forced Murdoch to sell many of the American magazine interests he had acquired in the mid-80s. Much of this debt came from his British-based satellite network Sky Television, which incurred massive losses in its early years of operation, which (like many of his business interests) was heavily subsidized with profits from his other holdings, until he was able to force rival satellite operator British Satellite Broadcastingto accept a merger on his terms in 1990. (The merged company, BSkyB, has dominated the British pay-TV market ever since.)
In 1995, Murdoch's
Fox Networkbecame the object of scrutiny from the Federal Communications Commission(FCC), when it was alleged that News Ltd.'s Australian base made Murdoch's ownership of Fox illegal. The FCC, however, ruled in Murdoch's favor, stating that his ownership of Fox was in the public's best interests. In the same year, Murdoch announced a deal with MCI Communicationsto develop a major news website, as well as funding a conservative magazine, " The Weekly Standard". In the same year, News Corp. launched the Foxtelpay television network in Australia, in a partnership with Telstra.
In 1996, Murdoch chose to enter the world of cable news with the
Fox News Channel, a 24-hour cable news station. Following its launch, the heavily-funded Fox News consistently eroded CNN's market share, and eventually proclaimed itself as "the most-watched cable news channel." This is due in part to recent ratings studies, released in the fourth quarter of 2004, showing that the network had nine of the top ten programs in the "Cable News" category.
In 1999, Murdoch significantly expanded his music holdings in Australia by acquiring the controlling share in a leading Australian independent label,
Michael Gudinski's Mushroom Records; he merged that with Festival Records and the result was Festival Mushroom Records(FMR). Both Festival and FMR were managed by Murdoch's son James Murdoch for several years.
Expansion in Asia
In 1993, Murdoch acquired Star TV, a Hong Kong company founded by
Richard Li(son of Li Ka-shing) for $1 billion (Souchou, 2000:28), and subsequently created offices for it throughout Asia. It is one of the biggest satellite TV networks in Asia. The deal did not work out as Murdoch planned, however, since it was restricted by the Chinese government from reaching most of China. It was around this time that Murdoch met his third wife Wendi Deng, who worked at Star TV Hong Kong. Later, Murdoch partnered with Chinese media pioneer Liu Changle to start Phoenix Satellite Television, in a deal in which Murdoch owned 45% of the company, Liu Changle 45% and CCTV Hong Kong 10%. Phoenix has become one of the most popular and profitable TV stations among Chinese around the world, particularly in China.
In late 2003, Murdoch acquired a 34 percent stake in
Hughes Electronics, operator of the largest American satellite TV system, DirecTV, from General Motors for $6 billion (USD).
In 2004, Murdoch announced that he was moving News Corp.'s headquarters from Adelaide, Australia to the United States. Choosing a US domicile was designed to ensure that American fund managers could purchase shares in the company in circumstances where many chose not to buy shares in non-US companies. Some analysts believed that News Corp's Australian domicile was leading to the company being undervalued compared with its peers.
On July 20, 2005, News Corp. bought Intermix Media Inc., which held
MySpace.com and other popular social networking-themed websites for $580 million USD. On September 11, 2005, News Corp announced that it would buy IGNEntertainment for $650 million (USD). [ [http://www.businessweek.com/innovate/content/sep2005/id20050911_550700.htm News Corp. Acquires IGN for $650 Million] ]
Rupert Murdoch and
Ted Turnerhave been competitors for quite some time. In 1996 Murdoch launched the Fox News Channel to compete against Turner's CNN. [ [http://marketplace.publicradio.org/shows/1996/10/07_mpp.html Marketplace News Archives] ]
The subject of Murdoch's alleged anti-competitive business practices resurfaced in September 2005. Australian media proprietor
Kerry Stokes, owner of the Seven Network, instituted legal action against News Corporation and the PBL organization, headed by Kerry Packer. The suit stems from the 2002 collapse of Stokes' planned cable television channel C7 Sport, which would have been a direct competitor to the other major Australian cable provider, Foxtel, in which News and PBL have major stakes.
Stokes claims that News Corp. and PBL (along with several other media organizations) colluded to force C7 out of business by using undue influence to prevent C7 from gaining vital broadcast rights to major sporting events. In evidence given to the court on September 26, Stokes alleged that PBL executive
James Packercame to his home in December 2000 and warned him that PBL and News Limited were "getting together" to prevent the AFL rights being granted to C7.
Recently, Murdoch has bought out the Turkish TV channel, TGRT, which was previously confiscated by the Turkish Board of Banking Regulations, TMSF. Newspapers report that Murdoch has bought TGRT in a partnership with Turkish recording mogul,
Ahmet Ertegünand there are alleged reports that Murdoch has acquired Turkish citizenship to overcome the current obligations against capital sales to foreigners.Fact|date=June 2008
Murdoch's shattering experience with Thomas Playford in South Australia (see above: "Start of Business Career") and his early political activities in Australia were to set the pattern he would continue to use around the world. [Shawcross (1997) pp 21-24. "In May, 1922, Keith Murdoch wrote to Northcliffe boasting of a remarkable circulation increase to the Melbourne Herald as a result of following Northcliff's advice to seek out a good murder story: "You remarked to me that when a sensation comes, you would get all the new readers you want. Perfectly true. I had only put on 8000 when we got a murder mystery, an unprecedented one, leading to such scenes as mounted police having to be called out to check the crowds about the residence of the supposed murderer. That left us with a steady 125,000. Then came the trial when we were averaging 230,000 or thereabouts. We are left with a steady 140,000 now and I hope for a bit more." Correspondence with Keith Murdoch [microform] : [M1641] 1915-1922. Northcliffe, Alfred Harmsworth, Viscount, 1865-1922. The crime referred to was known as the Gun Alley Murder. See http://www.brightoncemetery.com/HistoricInterments/Crimes/tirtschkea.htm]
Murdoch found a political ally in John McEwen, leader of the Australian Country Party and governing in coalition with the larger Menzies-Holt Liberal Party. From the very first issue of" The Australian" Murdoch began taking McEwen's side in every issue that divided the long-serving coalition partners. (The Australian, July 15, 1964, first edition front page: “Strain in Cabinet, Liberal-CP row flares.”) It was an issue that threatened to split the coalition government and open the way for the stronger Australian Labor Party to dominate Australian politics. It was the beginning of a long campaign that served McEwen well.Don Garden, Theodor Fink: A Talent for Ubiquity (Melbourne University Press 1998)]
McEwen repaid Murdoch's support later by aiding him to buy his valuable rural property Cavan and then arranged a clever subterfuge by which Murdoch was able to transfer a large sum of money from Australia to England to complete the purchase of "The News of the World" without obtaining the required authority from the Australian Treasury.
After McEwen and Menzies retired, Murdoch transferred his support to the newly elected Leader of the Australian Labor Party,
Gough Whitlam, who was elected in 1972 on a social platform that included universal free health care, free education for all Australians to tertiary level, recognition of the People's Republic of China and public ownership of Australia's oil, gas and mineral resources.
Rupert Murdoch's flirtation with Whitlam turned out to be brief. He had already started his short lived "National Star" newspaper in America and was seeking to strengthen his political contacts there. [Shawcross, pp 30-39 ]
Asked about the
Australian federal election, 2007, at the News Corporationannual general meeting in New York on October 19, 2007, its chairman Rupert Murdoch, once an Australian and now a citizen of the USA said, "I am not commenting on anything to do with Australian politics, I'm sorry. I always get into trouble when I do that." Pressed whether he believed Prime Minister John Howardshould be re-elected he said: "I have nothing further to say. I'm sorry. Read our editorials in the papers. It'll be the journalists who decide that - the editors." [Michael Roland, [http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/10/20/2064922.htm Murdoch tight-lipped on election] , ABC News Online, published October 20, 2007]
United States of America
Murdoch's publications worldwide adopt hawkish views with regards to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. During the buildup to the
2003 invasion of Iraq, all 175 Murdoch-owned newspapers worldwide editorialized in favor of the war. [http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,897015,00.html Their master's voice] ] Murdoch also served on the board of directors of the libertarian Cato Institute. News Corp-owned Fox News is often criticized for alleged conservative bias, though it denies these allegations.
On May 8, 2006, the "
Financial Times" [http://www.ft.com/cms/s/61faabde-deb8-11da-acee-0000779e2340.html] reported that Murdoch would be hosting a fundraiser for Senator Hillary Clinton's (D-New York) Senate reelection campaign. Murdoch's " New York Post" newspaper opposed Clinton's Senate run in 2000.
In May 2007, Murdoch made a $5 billion offer to purchase Dow Jones, owner of the "
Wall Street Journal". At the time, the Bancroft family, who controlled 64% of the shares, outspokenly declined the offer, opposing Murdoch's often-used strategy of large employee cuts and "gutting" pre-existing systems. Later, the Bancroft family confirmed a willingness to consider a sale--aside from Murdoch, the Associated Pressreported that supermarket billionaire Ron Burkleand Internet entrepreneur Brad Greenspanwere among other interested parties. [Associated Press [http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/070711/dow_jones_burkle_greenspan.html?.v=6 "Burkle, Web Exec Might Team on Dow"] ] On August 1, 2007, the BBC's "News and World Report" [ [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/money/2007/08/01/bcndow101.xml Daily Telegraph report of aquisition] ] and NPR's Marketplace [ [http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=12421598 Marketplace Report: Murdoch's Big Buy] ] radio programs reported that Murdoch bought Dow Jones; the news was received with mixed reactions.
In a 2008 interview with
Walt Mossberg, Murdoch was asked whether he had "anything to do with the New York Post's endorsement of Barack Obama." Without hesitation, Murdoch replied, "Yeah. He is a rock star. It's fantastic. I love what he is saying about education. I don't think he will win Florida...but he will win in Ohio and the election. I am anxious to meet him. I want to see if he will walk the walk." [ [http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/05/murdoch-on-mcca.html The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan ] ] [ [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/hilary-rosen/rupert-murdoch-says-obama_b_104018.html Hilary Rosen: Rupert Murdoch Says Obama Will Win ] ]
In Britain, he formed a close alliance with
Margaret Thatcher, and "The Sun" credited itself with helping John Majorwin an unexpected election victory in the 1992 general election. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/3654446.stm BBC NEWS | Magazine | Forty years of The Sun ] ] However, in the general elections of 1997, 2001 and 2005, Murdoch's papers were either neutral or supported Labour under Tony Blair. This has led some critics to argue that Murdoch simply supports the incumbent parties (or those who seem most likely to win an upcoming election) in the hope of influencing government decisions that may affect his businesses. The Labour Party under Blair had moved significantly to the Right on many economic issues prior to 1997. Murdoch identifies himself as a libertarian. [ [http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Rupert_Murdoch#Murdoch.27s_politics Murdoch's politics] ]
In a speech in New York, Rupert Murdoch said that the UK Prime Minister
Tony Blairsaid the BBCcoverage of the Hurricane Katrinadisaster was full of hatred of America. Murdoch is a strong critic of the BBC, which he believes has a left wingbias.
In 1998, Rupert Murdoch made a failed attempt to buy footballing power
Manchester United FC. He offered £625 million. It was the largest amount of money anyone had offered for a sports club. It was rejected by the United Kingdom's Competition Commission, citing that the acquisition would have "hurt competition in the broadcast industry and the quality of British football".
On June 28, 2006 the BBC reported that Murdoch and News Corporation are flirting with the idea of backing Conservative leader
David Cameronat the next General Election. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/5127284.stm Murdoch flirts with Conservatives] ] However in a later interview in July 2006, when asked what he thought of the Conservative leader, Murdoch replied "Not much". [ [http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/the-world-according-to-rupert-408937.html The world according to Rupert] ]
In 2006, the UK’s "Independent" newspaper reported that Murdoch was to offer Tony Blair a senior role in his global media company News Corp. when the UK prime minister stood down from office. [ [http://news.independent.co.uk/media/article1202848.ece Murdoch set to back Blair - for a place in his boardroom] ]
He is also accused by former Solidarity MSP
Tommy Sheridanof having a personal vendetta against him and of conspiring with MI5to produce a video of him confessing to having affairs - allegations which Sheridan had previously sued News International over and won. [ [http://news.scotsman.com/ViewArticle.aspx?articleid=2815752 Sheridan claims to be 'victim of MI5 plot'] ] On being arrested for perjuryfollowing the case Sheridanclaimed that the charges were "orchestrated and influenced by the powerful reach of the Murdoch empire" [ [http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/crime/article3258014.ece Tommy Sheridan charged with perjury] ]
Murdoch has been married three times. In 1956 he married Patricia Booker, a former shop assistant and air hostess from Melbourne, with whom he had his first child, a daughter
Prudence Murdoch, born in 1958. Pat did not like Adelaidewith its extremes of weather and where she had few friends and Rupert was frequently away building the foundations of his future empire. [According to Rod Lever, a long-serving News Limited executive and friend of Pat Booker.] They divorced in 1967. In the same year, he married Anna Torv, an Estonian-born cadet journalist working for his Sydney newspaper "The Daily Telegraph". Her niece, also called Anna Torv, is now a television and voice actor.
Tõrv and Murdoch had three children: Elisabeth Murdoch (born in Sydney, Australia August 22, 1968),
Lachlan Murdoch(born in London, UK September 8, 1971), and James Murdoch, (born in Wimbledon, UK December 13, 1972). Murdoch's companies published two novels by his then wife: "Family Business" (1988) and "Coming to Terms" (1991); both were seen as being vanity publications. Anna and Rupert divorced in June, 1999.
Anna Murdoch received a settlement of US$ 1.2 Billion assets. [ [http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/media/features/14302/index6.html "The Boy Who Wouldn't Be King"] ] Seventeen days after the divorce, on June 25, 1999, Murdoch, then 68, married Chinese born Deng Wendi, later changed to
Wendi Deng. She was then 30, a recent Yale School of Management graduate and newly appointed vice-president of STAR TV. Anna Murdoch was also remarried, in October 1999, to William Mann.
Murdoch has since had two children with Deng: Grace (born in New York November 19, 2001) and Chloe (born in New York July 17, 2003).
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 apparentbefore resigning from his executive posts at the global media company at the end of July 2005. Lachlan's departure left James, chief executive of the satellite television service British Sky Broadcastingsince November 2003, as the only Murdoch scion still directly involved with the company's operations, though Lachlan has agreed to remain on the News Corporation's board.
After graduating from
Vassar Collegeand marrying classmate Elkin Kwesi Pianim(the son of Ghanaian financial and political mogul Kwame Pianim) in 1993, Murdoch's daughter Elisabeth, along with her husband, purchased a pair of NBC-affiliate television stations KSBWand KSBY in California on a $35 million loan from her father. By quickly re-organizing and re-selling them at a $12 million profit, Elisabeth emerged in 1995 as an unexpected rival to her brothers for eventual leadership of the publishing dynasty's empire. But after quarreling publicly with her assigned mentor Sam Chisholmat BSkyB, she veered out on her own as a television and film producer in London, where she has enjoyed independent success in conjunction with her second husband, Matthew Freud.
It is unknown whether Murdoch will remain as News Corp's CEO indefinitely. The American cable television entrepreneur
John Malonewas for a time the second largest voting shareholder in News Corporation after Murdoch himself potentially undermining the family's control. In 2007, the company announced that it would sell certain assets and provide cash to Malone's company in exchange for the cancellation of their stock. Murdoch in 2007 issued his older children with equal voting stock perhaps to test their individual interest and ability to run the company according to standards he has set.
Portrayal on television and film
Rupert Murdoch has been portrayed by
Barry Humphriesin the 1991 mini-series " Selling Hitler", Hugh Lauriein a parody of " It's a Wonderful Life" in " A Bit of Fry and Laurie", Ben Mendelsohnin "Black and White", Paul Elderin " The Late Shift" and by himself on " The Simpsons". Kevin Kline's character Rod McCain in " Fierce Creatures" is a harsh, thinly-disguised parody of Murdoch, so too is media tycoon character Elliot Carverin the James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies.
Criticism and controversy
In 1999, "
The Economist" reported that Newscorp Investmentshad made £1.4 billion ($2.1 billion) in profits over the previous 11 years but had paid no net corporation tax. It further reported, after an examination of what was available of the accounts, that Newscorp would normally have expected to pay a corporate tax of approximately $350 million. The article explained that the corporation's complex structure, international scope and use of offshore havens allowed News Corporation to avoid taxation. [ [http://www.vision.net.au/~apaterson/politics/economist_murdoch.htm Rupert Murdoch Laid Bare] ] [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/special_report/1999/02/99/e-cyclopedia/302366.stm Tax free: Rupert Murdoch's zero status] ]
List of assets owned by News Corporation
* Elisabeth Murdoch
*cite book |last=Chenoweth |first=Neil |title="Rupert Murdoch, the untold story of the world's greatest media wizard" |year=2001 |publisher=Random House |location=New York
*Cite book |last=Shawcross |first=William |title=Murdoch: the making of a media empire |publisher=Simon and Schuster |location=New York |year=1997
*Cite book |last=Page |first=Bruce |title=The Murdoch Archipelago |publisher=Simon and Schuster UK |year=2003
*cite book |last=Souchou |first=Yao |title="House of Glass - Culture, Modernity, and the State in Southeast Asia" |year=2000 |publisher=White Lotus |location=Bangkok
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*Bruce Dover's book, Rupert's Adventures in China:How Murdoch Lost A Fortune And Found A Wife (Mainstream Publishing).
* [http://www.kittybrewster.com/ancestry/murdoch.htm Murdoch Family tree]
* [http://www.newstatesman.com/200310060041 Review of Bruce Page's "The Murdoch Archipelago", by Godfrey Hodgson]
* [http://media.guardian.co.uk/rupertmurdoch Guardian Unlimited - Rupert Murdoch] ongoing special report
* [http://www.nndb.com/people/420/000023351 Biography on nndb.com]
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