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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

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Rupert Murdoch, c. 1986

Joe Greenberg

watercolour, crayon, coloured pencil, fibre-tipped pen and gouache on paper (sheet: 50.5 cm x 25.0 cm, image: 37.7 cm x 17.8 cm)

Rupert Murdoch AC (b. 1931) is widely regarded as the world's most influential media mogul. In 1952, after the sudden death of his father Sir Keith, he inherited the Adelaide News - the small paper that would provide the name of his globally influential News Corporation. Over the next decade he acquired newspapers in most of Australia's other capitals, and waged aggressive campaigns against his competitors. In 1964 he established The Australian, Australia's first national daily paper. He moved to Britain in the mid-60s and acquired a number of tabloids before acquiring The Times in 1981. In 1985 he took US citizenship in order to qualify for ownership of American TV stations. During the 90s his Fox Network and Fox News Channel eroded the dominance of America's traditional TV players. Son of philanthropist Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch has been married 3 times and has 6 children.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001

Accession number: 2003.187

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Artist and subject

Joe Greenberg (age 63 in 1986)

Rupert Murdoch AC KCSG (age 55 in 1986)

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.