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Rupert Murdoch, 2005

Ben Baker

type C photograph on paper (sheet: 79.7 cm x 95 cm, image: 56.7 cm x 85 cm)

Rupert Murdoch (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 U.S. 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. Murdoch has been married 3 times and has 6 children.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Accession number: 2005.113

Currently not on display

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Ben Baker

Rupert Murdoch AC KCSG (age 74 in 2005)

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1. Rupert Murdoch, c. 1986. All Joe Greenberg.

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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.