Billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch is set to marry for 5th time at the age of 92 years. According to his own tabloid newspaper, ‘The New York Post’, Murdoch is engaged to 66 years Ann Lesley Smith.
On Monday, 92-year-old media titan said he knows this marriage would be his last. The two have planned a summer wedding with Murdoch saying they look forward to “spending the second half of our lives together”.
“I was very nervous. I dreaded falling in love — but I knew this would be my last. It better be. I’m happy,” he told the New York Post.
Murdoch’s business empire includes Fox News in the US and the rightwing tabloid the Sun in the UK. As the head of News Corporation, he also owns the New York Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the publishing house Harper Collins.
Murdoch and Ann Lesley Smith met in September of 2022 at a 200-person event held at his Moraga vineyard in Bel Air, California. “I met her and we talked a bit. Two weeks later I called her,” said Murdoch, recounting his first meeting with his fiancée.
Murdoch has been married four times and has six children from his first three marriages. He had Prudence MacLeod, with his first wife Patricia Booker and sons Lachlan and James with his second wife Anna Mann. He has two more daughters – Grace and Chloe – with his third wife, Wendi Deng. Murdoch’s fourth wife was the former supermodel Jerry Hall, from whom he split in 2022.