Rupert Murdoch marries for the 5th time in a ceremony at his California vineyard


NEW YORK (AP) — Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, 93, has married for the fifth time, his corporation, News Corp., confirmed Sunday.

Murdoch and Elena Zhukova, a retired Russian-born molecular biologist, 67, were married on Saturday in a ceremony at his vineyard in Bel Air, California. Photos of the newly married couple were released by News Corp. The couple announced their engagement in March.

Murdoch was most recently married to model and actor Jerry Hall. They married in 2016 and divorced in 2022.

Zhukova is the ex-wife of Alexander Zhukov, a billionaire energy investor and Russian politician. Their daughter Dasha was previously married to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, who used to own Premier League football club Chelsea.

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Last fall, Murdoch stepped down as leader of both Fox News’ parent company and its News Corp. media holdings. His son, Lachlan, took his place in a media empire that spanned continents and helped shape modern American politics.

In 1952, Murdoch inherited a newspaper from his father in his native Australia. Over the decades, he built a news and entertainment enterprise that became prominent in the United States and Great Britain, including ownership of such notable newspapers as The Times of London and The Wall Street Journal.

Fox News Channel, the 24-hour network established in 1996, has profoundly influenced television, becoming a popular news source among many audiences and conservative politicians in the US.

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