Welcome to the world where media magnates are the real superheroes (or supervillains, depending on your viewpoint), and billions are just spare change found under sofa cushions. Today, we unravel the enigmatic tapestry of the one and only Rupert Murdoch, a man whose age seems to be the only thing not growing exponentially.
1. The Odyssey of an Aussie Icon
Born on March 11, 1931, in the land of kangaroos and Vegemite, Rupert Murdoch inherited a newspaper in Adelaide in 1952. With destiny’s wind at his back, he sprinted towards a future filled with power, influence, and a bank account with more zeros than a high school math book.
2. Fox News: The Rebel of the Airwaves
1996 marked the year Murdoch sprinkled his revolutionary pixie dust on the world. Creating the Fox News Channel, he brought political talk radio to television. In just six years, this rebel outclassed the old guards like CNN and MSNBC, with a little help from 9/11’s 24/7 coverage.
3. A Symphony of Media Ventures
While Fox News might be Murdoch’s crown jewel, he didn’t stop there. He challenged American TV’s Big Three with the Fox broadcast network and added prestigious names like The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post to his collection.
4. The Billionaire’s Playground
By 2020, Forbes estimated Murdoch’s family’s wealth at $19 billion. This made him one of the richest media moguls in history. It allowed him to build a luxurious lifestyle, including mansions, yachts, and the occasional private jet ride around the world.
5. The Legacy Continues
Rupert Murdoch announced his retirement in November 2023. But the Murdoch saga is far from over, with his son, Lachlan Murdoch, ready to wield the media wand. And when the celestial newsroom eventually welcomes Rupert, the Murdoch legacy will echo through his four adult children sharing the media kingdom equally.
6. The Pen of Michael Wolff
Michael Wolff, the scribe known for his works on the Trump administration, has inked a new book titled “The Fall: The End of Fox News and the Murdoch Dynasty.” This literary piece offers a magnifying glass over Fox News’ labyrinth and the Murdoch lineage, revealing the intricate tapestry of power, politics, and family dynamics.
7. The Trump Conundrum
Wolff’s book vividly depicts Murdoch’s complex relationship with Donald Trump. It suggests a cocktail of disdain and loathing, especially in his twilight years. It was even claimed that Murdoch harbored a wish for Trump’s demise. Quite the plot twist for a man whose network was a significant trumpet for Trump.
8. The Ailes Saga & Murdoch’s Departure
The book also sheds light on Roger Ailes’ tumultuous tenure and Murdoch’s dramatic exit from Fox News, predicted by Wolff the night before it unfolded. Wolff’s book quotes Ailes as saying Fox’s audience was stuck in a 1965 time warp – reminiscing about the era before significant civil rights movements like the Voting Rights Act. As you may remember, Ailes, once Fox News’ big boss, fell from grace amid multiple sexual harassment accusations. Guess Fox News’ viewers are not the only ones leading an ancient lifestyle.
We cross-checked our Rupert Murdoch trivia facts with the world’s finest news providers.
- The Washington Post: Michael Wolff’s “The Fall: The End of Fox News and the Murdoch Dynasty”
- The Guardian: The Fall: The End of the Murdoch Empire by Michael Wolff review – a succession of absurdities
- The New York Times: Rupert Murdoch to Retire From Fox and News Corporation Boards
- Variety.com: Rupert Murdoch’s Exit Predicted Night Before Media Baron Stepped Down
- The Independent: Bombshell new book claims Rupert Murdoch often wishes Trump was dead
- Evening Standard: Inside Michael Wolff’s new book The Fall and Tucker Carlson’s firing
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