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Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch marries for fifth time aged 93

02 Jun 2024 2 minute read
Photo issued by News Corp of Rupert Murdoch, 93, with his new wife Elena Zhukova, 67, a retired Russian biologist

Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch has married for the fifth time at the age of 93, in a ceremony at his vineyard in California.

Mr Murdoch married retired Russian molecular biologist Elena Zhukova, 67, on Saturday, after reports of the couple’s engagement first emerged in March.

In wedding photographs released to the media, Mr Murdoch, wearing a black suit with a yellow patterned tie, is smiling next to his new wife.

The Australian-born media magnate, who stood down as chairman of Fox and News Corp last year, had been married four times before.

Called off

His engagement to former police chaplain Ann Lesley Smith was called off just two weeks after being announced in April 2023.

Mr Murdoch married his first wife, former flight attendant Patricia Booker, in 1956, and they had one daughter, Prudence.

After their divorce 11 years later, his second marriage to Anna Torv, a trainee journalist he met while she was working on one of his Australian titles, lasted more than 30 years.

Media empire

At various times, each of their three adult children, Elisabeth, Lachlan and James, appeared to be in line to inherit his media empire.

Mr Murdoch had two more children, daughters Grace and Chloe, by his third wife, Wendi Deng, whom he married in 1999 three weeks after he divorced Anna Torv.

In 2016, Mr Murdoch surprised the world by marrying former model Jerry Hall, an ex-partner of Rolling Stones’ singer Sir Mick Jagger. The marriage lasted six years before they divorced.

Mr Murdoch’s media empire, which started in Australia in the 1950s, included buying the News Of The World and The Sun in 1969, the New York Post, Wall Street Journal and TV channel Fox News, which was launched in 1996.


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Richard Davies
Richard Davies
3 days ago

In my opinion, he looks more and more like a scrotum with every passing day!

hdavies15
hdavies15
3 days ago
Reply to  Richard Davies

.. and that is possibly his only redeeming feature ! The new wife is probably highly skilled in spending a rich old git’s money and good luck to her. Putting up with that leathery old sack of crap takes a lot of doing despite the loot involved.

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
3 days ago

This is sick. No, not the marriage. That’s just bizarre and distasteful. It is sick because it’s Murdoch whose filthy papers infested my teenage life by them entering my household not by my hand and whose ongoing worldwide mind control undermines the security of the individual. An enemy of the human race.

Dai Ponty
Dai Ponty
3 days ago

The Man is Evil he has vast power he controls the Population through his media outlets and also controls Politicians

Frank
Frank
8 minutes ago

Quote a famous late comedienne: “What first attracted you to the multi-billionaire Rupert Murdoch?”

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