California: Billionaire industrialist Rupert Murdoch was at the centre of discussion about his fifth marrige. But, now Rupert Murdoch and Ann Lesley Smith have decided to call off their engagement. It may be noted here that the 92-year-old Fox Corp chairman and 66 year old former San Francisco police chaplain Smith had planned to marry this summer. It would have been his fifth marriage. Within a month of the announcement they have called off their engagement.
According to a report, after getting divorce from his fourth wife, model Jerry Hall, Rupert Murdoch started preparations for fifth wedding. According to a report, the breakup, citing one source close to Murdoch as saying he had grown uncomfortable with Smith’s outspoken evangelical views. Rupert’s spokesperson has not commented yet.
Murdoch and Smith, 66, met in September at his vineyard Moraga in Bel Air, California, and he called her two weeks later, Murdoch told News Corp-owned New York Post, which broke the news of the engagement. On March 17 in New York, Murdoch presented Smith with an Ascher-cut diamond solitaire ring, according to the Post.
Smith is a widow whose late husband was Chester Smith, a country singer, radio and TV executive.