Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall Are Said to Be Divorcing

Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall Are Said to Be Divorcing

Rupert Murdoch, the media titan, and Jerry Hall, the model and actress, are divorcing, according to two people with knowledge of the decision. People would speak only anonymously to discuss a personal matter.

Bryce Tom, a spokesman for Murdoch, declined to comment. Representatives for Ms. Hall could not be immediately reached for comment.

Murdoch’s divorce, his fourth, is unlikely to alter the ownership structure of the companies in which he has stakes, which include the parent companies of Fox News and The Wall Street Journal. The Murdoch family’s shares in the companies Mr. Murdoch founded reside in a tightly managed trust. Mr. Murdoch splits the voting rights on that trust with his four eldest children, Lachlan, Elisabeth, James and Prudence, and has arranged so that he can never be outvoted.

Still, the split could ripple through his entire business empire, which maintains powerful influence in the United States and abroad through its right-leaning news brands, including Fox News Channel in the United States, The Sun in Britain and Sky News in Australia.

During the early days of the marriage, aides and those close to the family said he was happily spending more time with his new wife, making room for his children, most importantly his eventual chosen successor, Lachlan, to assert themselves in the family. top of the family. the corporate hierarchy.

Some people close to Murdoch were shocked to learn of his split from Hall.

Murdoch and Hall married in March 2016 at a century-old mansion in central London. Mr. Murdoch marked the occasion with announcing on twitter that he would stop posting on the platform, calling himself “the luckiest and happiest man in the world.”

The October-December pairing (Mrs. Hall is 65, Mr. Murdoch 91) made the pair the regular topic of rival tabloids, with the paparazzi used to catch the two grinning broadly on a pristine beach, in a winter football stadium or in a black. tie opening.

Last year, Hall attended Murdoch’s 90th birthday party at Tavern on the Green, a posh restaurant in Central Park, according to one of the attendees. Ms. Hall doted on Mr. Murdoch during the festivities, which were attended by luminaries from the fields of business, sports and politics, the person said.

Previously, Mr. Murdoch was married to Wendi Deng, a businesswoman and investor, from 1999 to 2014. He divorced his second wife, Anna, a former newspaper reporter, in 1999 after more than three decades. Murdoch’s first wife was Patricia Booker, an Australian model, whom he divorced in 1965.

Ms Hall was previously married to singer Mick Jagger, but their marriage was annulled in 1999.

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