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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
© Estate of Joe Greenberg

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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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Joe Greenberg (37 portraits)

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Magazine article by Gillian Raymond, 2005

A collection of thirty-seven caricatures by the artist Joe Greenberg capture the heroes and villians of Australian business in the 1980s.

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