Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall to divorce after six years

Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall to divorce after six years

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Rupert Murdoch, the mogul who controls Fox News, the Wall Street Journal and the British tabloid Sun among a host of other media outlets, and former actress and model Jerry Hall are divorcing after six years, according to two people familiar with the talks.

This marks the end of Murdoch’s fourth and shortest marriage. The couple tied the knot in March 2016 when Murdoch was 85 and Hall was 59, in a ceremony in London that looked like a bold mixed family portrait with their children (whose father is Mick Jagger) and his own (which includes the current CEO of Fox Corp.) in the meantime.

News of the split was first reported by The New York Times. A spokesperson for Murdoch declined to comment. A spokesperson for Hall could not be reached.

As emissaries from wildly disparate celebrity worlds, the pair have been the subject of endless media fascination. Shortly after their nuptials, the Daily Mail said “the couple couldn’t keep the smiles on their faces” at a gala in New York. Years later, the same newspaper published paparazzi photos of a “romantic evening meal” in London.

From 2016: Jerry Hall and Rupert Murdoch strike me as a really good couple

But Murdoch’s marriage to Hall still managed to avoid most of the tabloid friction that plagued his previous union with Wendi Deng. Deng, a former News Corp employee who met Murdoch at a company event, punched a protester who threw a mousse pie at Murdoch during a UK parliamentary hearing in 2011. And it was at the During that 1999-2014 marriage Murdoch broke the terms of the trust that controls his family’s media empire to make room for his two daughters with Deng. Around the same time, Lachlan Murdoch, Murdoch’s eldest son and then heir apparent, left the family business and returned to Australia; he has since returned as a key leader of the Murdoch Empire.

Murdoch divorced his second wife, Anna, a former journalist, in 1999 after 32 years of marriage and three children. He had one child with his first wife, Patricia Booker, to whom he was married from 1956 to 1967.

While a divorce from Hall is unlikely to impact trust, people close to the elder Murdoch are on the lookout for how it could affect his attention to his business. One of them speculated that he might be more inclined to take more interest in the business of the two companies controlled by his family.

Although Murdoch sold most of his empire in a $71 billion sale to Disney in 2019, he remained a formidable presence in media and politics through his outlets. He was a frequent unofficial adviser to former President Donald Trump, although he distanced himself from Trump ahead of the 2020 election; the pair’s relationship suffered further after Murdoch’s Fox News projected that Trump lost Arizona, a campaign call that preceded other news outlets.

Hall, a Texas native, was one of the top defining models of the 1970s before embarking on a handful of 1980s acting roles as well as one half of one of the most glamorous jet-set couples in the time. But her two-decade relationship with Jagger ended in 1999 when she filed for divorce – and a UK court accepted Jagger’s argument that their 1990 wedding in Bali was never a legally binding ceremony. While the tabloids speculated that Hall had received only a tiny portion of Jagger’s fortune at the time of their cancellation, their lawyers issued a joint statement saying that “a mutually agreeable legal and financial settlement has been concluded”.

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