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Rupert Murdoch, the 92-year-old media tycoon, has announced his engagement to his partner, Ann Lesley Smith, 66, a former police chaplain. The couple met in September last year at an event held at Murdoch's vineyard in California.

Murdoch shared his happiness with the New York Post, a publication he owns, stating that he was afraid of falling in love but knew that this would be his final love, and he is delighted. He mentioned that he proposed to Smith on St Patrick's Day and admitted that he was "one fourth Irish," making him feel anxious. Murdoch divorced his fourth wife, Jerry Hall, in August 2022.

“She and her husband also owned a vineyard and had been in the wine business. Last year when there were 200 people at my vineyard, I met her and we talked a bit. Two weeks later I called her," Murdoch told the NY Post.

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Smith's late husband, Chester Smith, was a country singer and radio and TV executive. Smith told the New York Post that their engagement was a divine blessing and revealed that she had been a widow for 14 years. She also shared that, like Murdoch, her late husband was a businessman, and they both hold similar beliefs, which makes communication between her and Murdoch easy.

““In perspective, it’s not my first rodeo. Getting near 70 means being in the last half. I waited for the right time. Friends are happy for me," she said.

Murdoch, who has six children from his previous three marriages, stated that he and Smith were "both looking forward to spending the second half of our lives together." The couple plans to split their time between California, Montana, New York and the UK. The wedding is set to take place in late summer.

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Murdoch was previously married to Australian flight attendant Patricia Booker, Scottish-born journalist Anna Mann, and Chinese-born entrepreneur Wendi Deng.

Rupert Murdoch had a quiet celebration for his 92nd birthday on March 11, while his company is dealing with a significant lawsuit related to defamation during the US election. A photo of him was shared on Instagram by his daughter Grace, who is 22 years old. 

These were the women Rupert Murdoch was married to:

Patricia Booker

Patricia Booker, a Melbourne-born flight attendant and model for department stores, was Rupert Murdoch's first wife. When he was 25 years old, they got married in Australia in 1956. They were married for 11 years, had one child and got divorced in 1967.

Anna Torv

Murdoch wed Anna Torv, a former newspaper journalist who was born in Glasgow. It is speculated that they met when Torv was a reporter for Murdoch's Daily Mirror in Sydney, and she had the chance to speak with him. Torv and Murdoch separated in 1999 after 32 years of marriage. Elisabeth, Lachlan and James are their three kids.

Wendi Deng

Wendi Deng, a businesswoman of Chinese descent, and Murdoch were married for 14 years. When Deng, who was over 30 years younger than him, was an intern at a News Corp.-owned TV station in 1997, they happened to run into each other at a corporate party in Hong Kong. Grace and Chloe, their two children, were born after their divorce in 2014.

Jerry Hall

Murdoch married Jerry Hall in St. Bride's church in London in 2016, following a five-month engagement with the former supermodel. Hall dated Sir Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones for more than 20 years and had four children with him.

Sounak Mukhopadhyay
Sounak Mukhopadhyay, who also goes by the name Sounak Mukherjee, has been producing digital news since 2012. He's worked for the International Business Times, The Inquisitr, and Moneycontrol in the past. He's also contributed to Free Press Journal and TheRichest with feature articles. He covers news for a wide range of subjects including business, finance, economy, politics and social media. Before working with digital news publications, he worked as a freelance content writer.
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Updated: 21 Mar 2023, 09:12 AM IST
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