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Rupert Murdoch

Australian American media magnate Rupert Murdoch was born on March 11, 1931 in Melbourne, Australia, the son of Elisabeth Joy Greene and Keith Murdoch, a newspaper publisher and notable war correspondent. Murdoch got his start in journalism and publishing early, co-editing both the official and student journals at Geelong Grammar School before attending Worcester College at the University of Oxford, where he managed Oxford Student Publications Limited. Upon his father’s death in 1952, Murdoch returned to Australia to run his father’s business, News Limited. Murdoch wasted no time expanding the company, acquiring several provincial and suburban newspapers, achieving greater readership by increasing coverage of sensational stories and sports. Murdoch acquired his first newspaper outside of Australia in January of 1964, buying the The Dominion, a New Zealand daily paper, and soon after entered the British newspaper market with his purchase of News of the World. Murdoch continued to expand his media empire over the course of the following decades, eventually buying 20th Century Fox for $250 million in 1987. Murdoch has since been a lightning rod for controversy, with a slew of scandals including the $1.2 divorce settlement granted his second wife, Anna, and his more recent divorce from third wife Wendi Deng amid allegations of her extramarital affairs with then British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Executive Chairman of Google Eric Schmidt.

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