Rupert Murdoch Announces Engagement in Newspaper Ad


Los Angeles: Media mogul Rupert Murdoch will marry actress and former supermodel Jerry Hall, with the couple’s engagement after a four-month romance being announced in the classifieds section of British newspaper The Times.

The couple got engaged over the weekend in Los Angeles, where they attended the Golden Globes.
Mr Murdoch, the Australian-born 84-year-old executive chairman of News Corporation, which owns The Times, announced the impending nuptials in the Births, Marriages and Deaths section of the newspaper.

“Mr Rupert Murdoch, father of Prudence, Elisabeth, Lachlan, James, Grace and Chloe Murdoch, and Miss Jerry Hall, mother of Elizabeth, James, Georgia and Gabriel Jagger, are delighted to announce their engagement,” it read.

The pair started dating after being introduced by one of Mr Murdoch’s sisters and his niece, and first made their relationship public in October at the rugby World Cup final in London.

Between them they have 10 children from previous marriages, and went on holiday with several of them on a yacht in the Caribbean after Christmas.

A spokesman for the Murdoch family said: “They have loved these past months together, are thrilled to be getting married and excited about their future.”

This will be Mr Murdoch’s fourth marriage and the second for the 59-year-old Ms Hall, an American, who married the Rolling Stones’ lead singer Mick Jagger in 1990 in a ceremony in Bali. When they divorced in 1999, Jagger claimed that they were not legally married.

Mr Murdoch was previously married to Patricia Booker, Anna Torv, and most recently Wendi Deng, who he divorced in 2013.

With an estimated fortune of more than $15.7 billion, the Australian-born Mr Murdoch, now a US citizen, owns some of the world’s most famous newspaper titles including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post and British tabloid The Sun.