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Rupert Murdoch

News Corporation

Net Worth $ 13.8 Billion
Rupert Murdoch
  • Birthday11th Mar, 31
  • Birth PlaceUnited States
  • Marital statusMarried
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Australian born billionaire media magnate, Rupert Murdoch, has consistently been ranked as one of the most influential personalities of the world. Born to Sir Kieth Murdoch in Melbourne, Murdoch was the natural heir to Sir Kieth’s business, known by the name of News Limited. Murdoch’s father died of cancer in 1952, leaving Murdoch with the major asset, the newspaper, Adelaide News. Before taking the reins from his father at the age of 21, Murdoch studied in Oxford University, and also worked as a sub-editor of Daily Express. He is the son who metamorphosed the humble legacy of his father into a giant mammoth of media conglomerate called “The News Corporation", the second largest media group in the world. The young Australian quickly proved his genius for success; he acquired some of the most prominent newspapers across his homeland, Australia, along with in Unites States and United Kingdom. However, as his prominence grew in the media circles so did his importance in the political arena. Using his newspapers as the medium, Murdoch wields considerable power in political circles and is a highly sought after entity for carrying out “favorable campaigns”. Today, he publishes 175 newspapers, owns Twentieth Century Fox Studio, Fox Network, 35 TV Stations, cable network programming in US that includes fast growing Fox News and 19 regional sports channels, his broadcast satellite delivers TV programs in United States, Australia, Continental Europe, the United Kingdom, Asia and the Pacific Basin. Controversies always revolve around Rupert Murdoch, owing to his ruthless management style and oppressive tactics employed by dictatorial regimes. Sometimes, his actions have brought upon the wrath of his own employees resulting in multiple protests, and with magazines giving him the nick name of “The Dirty Digger”. However, nothing could ever dampen the success desire of this Global Media Mogul, who admits to have money hidden in tax havens. Rupert’s personnel life is as interesting as his professional one, three times married with 6 children born out if these wedlock’s, he now lives with his wife Wendi, a newly appointed vice president of his Star TV.

Quotes

  • CNN is pretty consistently on the left, if you look at their choice of stories, what they play up. It's not what they say. It's what they highlight.

     
  • I think a newspaper should be provocative, stir 'em up, but you can't do that on television. It's just not on.

     
  • 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.

     
  • I'm not looking for a legacy, and you'll never shut up the critics. I've been around 50 years. When you're a catalyst for change, you make enemies - and I'm proud of the ones I've got.

     
  • 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.

     
  • “For better or for worse, our company (The News Corporation Ltd.) is a reflection of my thinking, my character, my values.”

     
  • “You can't build a strong corporation with a lot of committees and a board that has to be consulted every turn. You have to be able to make decisions on your own.”

     
  • “The buck stops with the guy who signs the checks.”

     
  • “Should Yahoo have betrayed a source like that? ... I think they were wrong.”

     
  • The world is changing very fast. Big will not beat small anymore. It will be the fast beating the slow.

     
  • On many days The New York Times favors any story that might embarrass a Republican administration. Not that I'm a Republican.

     
  • It's a libel to say that I use my newspapers to support my other business interests. The fact is, I haven't got any other business interests.

     

Did you know?

  • He is small, pudgy and short tempered person.
  • He became a U.S. citizen just so that he could buy a TV station.
  • He acquired a Hong Kong company "Star TV" founded by Richard Li in 1993.
  • Murdoch owns controlling interest in a Italian satellite television provider named "Sky Italia"
  • He has been listed thrice in the 'Time 100' as among the most influential people in the world.
  • Murdoch hates being reminded of the age difference between him and his wife Wendi Deng. Discussion of his age is banned at NewsCorp and he was furious when someone revealed on Twitter he fell asleep in minutes at a London screening of Fox movie Avatar in 2009
  • Murdoch follows his health and fitness regime with almost religious zeal, rising at four or five in the morning for a bowl of porridge before a work-out with his trainer or session on a boxing punch bag.
  • Murdoch works all morning. In New York he goes to lunch at the Fox Studios restaurant, where he has the same meal almost everyday: grilled chicken, vegetables, and a Diet Coke.
  • Murdoch goes home at about seven and stays on the phone until the early hours.
  • Rupert Murdoch and rival newspaper and publishing magnate Robert Maxwell are thinly fictionalised as "Keith Townsend" and "Richard Armstrong" in The Fourth Estate by British novelist and former MP Jeffrey Archer.
  • At 102 (in 2011), Rupert Murdoch’s mother Elisabeth Joy (née Greene) has 74 descendants.

Family & relationships

Rupert Murdoch Estates and Homes (4)

Fifth Avenue

Fifth Avenue apartment

Global Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch owns an apartment in the 834 Fifth Avenue, one of the most prestigious apartment houses in New York City. This limestone-clad building was designed by Rosario Candela, and has been called "the most pedigreed building on the snobbiest street in the country’s most real estate-obsessed city" in the New York Observer newspaper. Murdoch bought this luxurious residential triplex from Laurance Rockefeller for $44 million in 2005. This triplex penthouse apartment is approximately of 4,000 sq ft.

 

 

Location: Apartment is located on 834 Fifth Avenue at the corner of East 64th Street, opposite the Central Park Zoo in Central Park, Manhattan, New York City.

 

 

Neighborhood:  Celebs and riches like Laurance Rockefeller, Joan Whitney Payson, Harold Prince and Loida Nicolas-Lewis stays in these lavish apartments of the building.

Getaway

Rosehearty Oyster Bay Home

Rupert Murdoch is known for his impressive collection of real estate around the world. He bought this Rosehearty mansion in 2003, and is now worth of $10.5 million. The house was in news once, when Angelina Jolie rented it for the hefty price tag of $100K per month during the Long Island filming of Salt.

 

Location: Rupert owns this estate located in Oyster Bay, Long Island, Manhattan. 

 

Accommodation: The house boasts eleven bedrooms, seven fireplaces, guest house, and a tennis court. It also got its own stretch of beach with a dock and garages with space for eight vehicles. According to latest updates, the house has been reportedly sold for USD 9.1 million.

 


Playtime

Playtime
The tennnis court keeps Rupert busy and fit
Typical hideaway

Beverly Hills villa

Built in 1926, the Italianate villa boasts 11 bedrooms and nine bathrooms spread over 8,700 square feet. Other than this, there's not much Murdoch has let be known about this place. Looking like a mountain fortress, the mansion is a typical hideaway for a business tycoon who needs respite from the glare of media.

 

Location : The house is built Beverly Hills, an affluent city located in Los Angeles County, California.

 

Neighborhood: Beverly Hills, the area is known for its rich and famous inhabitants like Jennifer Aniston, Michael Wahlberg and Steven Spielberg.  


Mayfair, London

Mayfair apartment

The London home of the world’s most powerful media baron is not as opulent as Citizen Kane’s Xanadu, but the exquisitely considerate appearance camouflages all the high tech facilities of the home. It’s been reported that London based Trevor Lahiff has been commissioned by Murdoch and his wife Wendi Deng to renovate this apartment.

 

Location: The apartment is located in the expensive apartment block, Mayfair, London.

 

Interior and Décor: The 21st century smart technology has been incorporated in to the home which includes touch operated plasma TV which can also be used for video conferencing. A large closet in the drawing room shelter the Sky boxes, DVD players and stereos. Designed with the feng shui principles, the whole place is slightly corporate and looks like a Gentleman’s club. The house looks very beautiful and expensively decorated; the entrance of the flat is decorated with the Lampshade made of newspapers.

 

Accommodation: The giant walk-in wardrobes and ‘his’ and “hers” dressing room gives the personalized look to Murdoch’s master suite. It also incorporates Murdoch’s study with computers, fax machines and several phone lines. The master bathroom’s wall of sliding mirror opens way to the master bedroom.

 


Rupert Murdoch Yachts (2)

Vertigo

Vertigo yacht

Rupert Murdoch has added a second luxury yacht to his repertoire, Vertigo, the seventh largest sailing yacht in the world designed by Phillippe Briand. Interiors of this beautiful 220-foot yacht have been designed by Murdoch’s favorite Christian Liaigre.

 

Accommodation: The Vertigo has ultra luxury accommodations for 12 guests and crew of eleven. The yacht boasts five staterooms centered on a massive owner’s suite, a convertible gym and a well furnished sleek design dining hall.

Upper deck view

Upper deck view
The upper deck view of Rupert's sailing yacht

Hydraulic windows

Hydraulic windows
Hydraulic windows for complete brightness inside yacht

Dining hall

Dining hall
Well furnished sleek design dining hall

Master stateroom

Master stateroom
Comfortable world class master stateroom
Rosehearty

Rosehearty yacht

Murdoch’s 183 foot aluminum masterpiece, Rosehearty, boasts five spacious suites, several luxurious salons, a gym and the king size bed in which Rupert Murdoch enjoys his leisure time. Rosehearty can comfortably accommodate ten guests in five luxurious suites. When not in Murdoch’s use, Rosehearty is also available for charter in both the Mediterranean and Caribbean waterways.

 

Interior and Décor: Decorated by Murdoch’s favorite Christian Liaigre, Rosehearty is certainly a magnificent and stunning yacht in terms of interior and luxury. The interior reception rooms, the bedrooms and large sofas in the spacious main salon features same color scheme. 

Rupert Murdoch Private jets (2)

Rupert Murdoch's jet

Gulfstream 550

Gulfstream 550 is arguably the world's most versatile and stylish ultra-long-range business jet. It boasts of power and efficiency that can take your team halfway around the globe from New York to Tokyo easily. It not only provides the advantage of flying faster than the competition above commercial air traffic while working but also offers the convenience of collaborating with the team in comfort and style of a fully outfitted cabin. The jet can hold upto 18 passengers and has a cockpit equipped with state-of-the-art technology. It was introduced in 2009 at the base price of $ 42.9 million.

Comprehensive entertainment system

Comprehensive entertainment system
Comprehensive entertainment system for owner, it also offers seating for 16 to 18 passengers

Ultra premium amenities

Ultra premium amenities
Gulfstream G550 provides the customer with one of the best ultra premium amenities
Cockpit view

Boeing 737

First launched in the charter market in September 1999, the Boeing business private jet 737 features the Boeing 737-700's airframe and fuses it with a strengthened wing, fuselage centre section and up rated landing gear. What more, any one who orders these jets can have the option to have it delivered with up to 10 additional fuel tanks compared to a standard Boeing 737, giving BBJ a superior range. The interiors are all custom built as per the preferences of the owner and seating can range from 18 seats in opulent luxury through to 48 seat business class interiors. The list price of these jets is $ 62 million although it can inflate by $ 15-20 million owing to various customizations.

Lavish interiors

Lavish interiors
The interiors could be anything from simple and sobre to outright lavish. Rupert's jet must look similar to this one

Boeing 737

Boeing 737
These jets have the highest reliability in charter market

Rupert Murdoch Autos and Cars (2)

Range Rover

Range Rover

Manufactured by the iconic brand Land Rover, Range Rover seems to be one of the favorite brands of Rupert Murdoch. It’s been recently spotted that Murdoch has at least three Range Rovers, each sporting a different color. Range Rover is a four wheel drive sports utility vehicle, and can sail up to a maximum speed of 130 mph. Developed under BMW ownership, Range Rover is into its third generation. Murdoch’s Range Rover also sports latest technology which is visible in the form of Radio Function, Navigation System, Television & Telecommunication Systems and automotive computer bus systems. 

Red Range Rover

Red Range Rover
Rupert in his red Range Rover

Black Range Rover

Black Range Rover
The black one completes the trinity
Lexus GS450H

Lexus GS450H

Despite his ownership of the famously global-warming denying Fox News, Murdoch owns a hybrid sedan, the Toyota Lexus GS450H. This green car’s engine yield a 339-horsepower brute to drive this 4,100-pound luxury sedan, and it comes with the price tag of $54, 655.

Ultra-premium interiors

Ultra-premium interiors
Polished metal accents and leather seats gives a lavish high-precision feel

Lexus automobile

Lexus automobile
Lexus is a brand of Japanese automaker, Toyota Motor Corporation
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