Rupert Murdoch marries for fifth time / Bride is ex-mother-in-law of Roman Abramovich

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch married for the fifth time on Saturday at his California vineyard. BBC.com.

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Murdoch, 93, linked his fate with Elena Zhukova, 67, a retired Russian biologist, News.ro cites.

He was rumored to be in a relationship with Zhukova shortly after his engagement to Ann Leslie Smith suddenly broke off in April 2023. Smith is a 67-year-old conservative radio host.

Australian-born Murdoch, with six children, is the chairman of News Corporation, which owns Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, The Sun and The Times. He stepped down as chairman of Fox and News Corp last year, leaving both companies to his son Lachlan.

Murdoch and Zhukova reportedly met at a party hosted by one of his ex-wives, Chinese-born businesswoman Wendy Deng.

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

Zhukova was married to Russian oil billionaire Alexander Zhukov, and their daughter Dasha – a businessman – married 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 in Britain in 1969. He later bought several American publications, including the New York Post and the Wall Street Journal.

In 1996, he launched Fox News – now the most watched news channel in America.

Through News Corp, founded in 2013, Murdoch owns hundreds of local, national and international media outlets.

His career was not without controversy. One of his most infamous moments was Britain’s famous phone-hacking scandal, which erupted after it emerged that the News of the World had listened to the voicemails of murdered schoolgirl Millie Dowler.

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In September last year, Murdoch announced he was stepping down from the helm of his media empire, leaving the reins to his son Lachlan, who has since assumed the chairmanship of both Fox and News Corp, according to BP. News.ro.

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