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Media mogul Rupert Murdoch marries for fifth time

The couple got married on June 1st, 2024.
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Rupert Murdoch, the media mogul whose influence spanned continents and whose businesses shaped the media industry, has led a personal life marked by a series of notable marriages.

After breaking off an engagement to former model, singer-songwriter and radio talk-show host Ann Lesley Smith in 2023, the media magnate has married for a fifth time. On June 1st, 2024, the 93-year-old married retired molecular biologist Elena Zhukova in a ceremony at his California vineyard.

Follow on below to read more about each of Rupert’s marriages over the years.

Prudence MacLeod, only child of Rupert’s first marriage to Patricia Booker. (Photo by Neil Mockford/Alex Huckle/GC Images)

Patricia Booker

1956-1967

In 1956, a young Rupert Murdoch, then in his mid-20s and already making strides in the media world, married Patricia Booker. Patricia, an Australian flight attendant, was Murdoch’s first wife and the mother of his first child, Prudence (pictured above). The couple’s life in Australia during the late 1950s and early 1960s was a blend of Rupert’s burgeoning media interests and a relatively private family life.

After 11 years of marriage, they decided to go their separate ways. Despite the end of their marital relationship, they remained connected through their daughter, Prudence, who would later play a role in her father’s business empire.

Anna and Rupert Murdoch were married for 32 years. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

Anna Torv

1967-1999

Soon after his divorce from Patricia, Murdoch married Anna Torv, a Scottish-born journalist working for Murdoch’s Sydney newspaper, The Daily Mirror. This marriage marked a significant phase in Murdoch’s life, both personally and professionally. Anna and Rupert had three children together: Elisabeth, Lachlan, and James.

During their 32-year marriage, Murdoch’s media empire expanded globally. The family moved to New York, where Murdoch established a powerful foothold in American media, acquiring The New York Post, and later launching Fox News.

Despite their seemingly strong partnership, the couple’s marriage ended with a high-profile divorce in 1999, and the settlement was reportedly one of the most expensive in history at the time.

Rupert and his third wife, Wendi Deng Murdoch were married for 14 years. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)

Wendi Deng

1999-2013

Just weeks after his divorce from Anna was finalised, Murdoch married Wendi Deng, a Chinese-born Yale School of Management graduate.

Wendi and Rupert had two daughters, Grace and Chloe, and the couple were often seen at high-profile events, epitomising the blend of media power and modern glamour. Wendi’s influence was evident in Murdoch’s ventures into new markets and digital media, pushing the boundaries of his traditional print empire.

After 14 years of marriage, the couple divorced in 2013.

Rupert and Jerry Hall pose for photographers on their wedding day in March 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Jerry Hall

2016-2022

In 2016, Murdoch surprised the world by marrying Jerry Hall, the former supermodel and long-time partner of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger. Their relationship blossomed quickly, capturing media attention due to their contrasting backgrounds and vibrant public personas. The couple’s wedding was a lavish affair, attended by numerous celebrities and high-profile individuals from the media and entertainment industries.

Their marriage was marked by public displays of affection and mutual support, with Hall often accompanying Murdoch to business events and family gatherings.

However, by 2022, reports of growing differences led to the announcement of their separation and the end of their marriage was handled discreetly.

Rupert with his new wife Elena Zhukova on their wedding day. (Photo by News Corp/PA Wire/AAP)

Elena Zhukova

Married June 1st, 2024

The 93-year-old media mogul married retired molecular biologist Elena Zhukova, aged 67. The wedding took place at Murdoch’s Moraga vineyard in California. This is Murdoch’s fifth marriage, occurring shortly after he began dating Zhukova, following his brief engagement to Ann Lesley Smith in 2023. The couple met through a family gathering hosted by Murdoch’s third ex-wife, Wendi Deng.

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