Media mogul marries Elena Zhukova

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch married for the fifth time in a ceremony at his California vineyard.

Mr Murdoch, 93, married his new wife Elena Zhukova, 67, a retired Russian biologist on Saturday.

He was rumored to be dating Ms Zhukova shortly after his engagement to former police chaplain Ann Lesley Smith was abruptly called off in April 2023.

Born in Australia, Mr. Murdoch, a father of six, is chairman emeritus of News Corporation, which owns Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, the Sun and the Times.

He resigned as president of Fox and News Corp last year, leaving his son Lachlan to run both companies.

Mr Murdoch and Ms Zhukova are said to have met at a party thrown by one of his ex-wives, the Chinese-born entrepreneur Wendi Deng.

His other ex-wives are Australian flight attendant Patricia Booker, Scottish-born journalist Anna Mann and American model and actress Jerry Hall.

Ms Zhukova was previously married to Russian oil billionaire Alexander Zhukov, while their daughter Dasha – a socialite and businesswoman – was married to Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich until 2017.

Rupert Murdoch began his career in Australia in the 1950s, eventually buying the News of the World and The Sun newspapers in the United Kingdom in 1969.

He then purchased a number of American publications, including the New York Post and the Wall Street Journal.

In 1996, he launched Fox News, now the most-watched television news channel in the United States.

Through News Corp, founded in 2013, Mr. Murdoch remains the owner of hundreds of local, national and international media outlets.

His career has not been without controversy. One of his most damaging moments was the notorious UK phone hacking scandal which erupted after it was revealed that News of the World had listened to the voicemails of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.

Last September, Mr. Murdoch announced he was stepping down from a leading role in his media empire, handing the reins to his son Lachlan and later taking on the role of chairman emeritus of Fox and News Corp.

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