Rupert Murdoch Biography - Profile
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Murdoch has grown the giant mammoth of a media company
"The News Corporation" into one of the largest and most influential
media groups in the world from a small town newspaper in Australia. Murdoch wields
considerable power with his global media company and is often wooed by politicians
to persuade him to favorably cover their campaigns. His empire covers television,
filmed entertainment, cable network programming, book publishing, direct broadcast
satellite television, magazines and newspapers operating in the United States,
Australia, Continental Europe, the United Kingdom, Asia and the Pacific Basin.|
Murdoch was born in Melbourne, Victoria - Australia on the 11th of March,
1931. He grew up in Australia and studied at the Oxford University in the United
Kingdom. He then worked briefly at the "Daily Express" newspaper
before taking the reigns from his father's (Sir Keith Murdoch) newspaper in Adelaide
Australia called "the Adelaide News".
The Adelaide News
was Rupert Murdochs base to launch into the global media empire he went on to
create. He made the small town newspaper profitable enough to move from Adelaide
and begin his continual quest to acquire companies, grow them or create them.
Murdoch acquired some of the most popular and widely read newspapers in Australia,
the United Kingdom and the United States of America. His rise through the ranks
often caused controversy and outrage because of his ruthless management style
and desire to succeed. In an attempt to flush out the corruption, waste, overstaffing
and theft that flourished in his London based operations Murdoch had to confront
the workers union. His actions caused many protests and petitions against Murdoch
and his companies (one magazine article gave him the nick name of "The Dirty
Digger") but his commitment to cut costs and increase profits did eventually
win out in the end.
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."
In an effort to expand his television interests
further in the United States Rupert Murdoch became an American citizen in 1985.
Throughout the 80s his Australian listed Media company the News Corporation continued
to grow rapidly, acquiring interests in newspapers, magazine, book publishing,
television stations, film and more.
The rapid growth of News Corporation
and expansion into satellite TV also brought massive loans. During a downturn
in the early 90s Murdoch and his media empire had difficulty paying its bills.
Many of his American magazine interests were sold to pay off some of the loans
and things eventually turned around for Murdoch.
world is changing very fast. Big will not beat small anymore. It will be the fast
beating the slow." Rupert Murdoch
The slight pause in growth in the early
90s quickly ended and the media mogul continued
his path of of acquisition and growth. The
company owns some of the largest and most
popular brands in many areas of the media
20th Century Fox, Fox Television Studios,
DIRECTV, Harper Collins Publishers, Festival
Records and the New York Post.
See a listing of more News
Corporation Companies here..
Rupert Murdoch divorced his wife (and the
mother to four of his children) Anna Murdoch
in 1998 after more than 30 years of marriage.
He then went on to marry a member of his
staff in the Asian operations (Star TV)
of News Corporation. Wendi
Deng is roughly 40 years younger
than Murdoch. Two of his sons Lachlan
Murdoch and James Murdoch did
work in their father's company and hold
important positions, until Lachlan left.
In 2013 Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng filed
for divorce. The couple were married for
14 years and they have two children together,
Grace, 11, and Chloe, 9 at the time of their
The effect that Rupert Murdoch has had on
the media and entertainment industry is
massive. Along the way he created an empire
that has gone from strength to strength,
securing positions in every important media
and country. Murdoch continues to push his
News Corporation company forward and is
leading the way into the lucrative Chinese
market, that has up until now, been out
of reach for Western media companies. With
his great success and power he has also
created a lot of critics, but Murdoch continues
to brush them all aside and is happily living
his life with his young
wife and is continuing to grow his global
In 2007 at the age of 76, Rupert Murdoch has showed that he is still open
to change. The media mogul released an ambitious plan to to tackle the problems
of global warming by making his global corporation carbon neutral. He told 47,000
employees that they will not only cut their energy use, but that the word on climate
change will also be put out through his many media outlets. Read more about the
Corporation energy initiative or see the full speech
given by Rupert Murdoch in May 2007.
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