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Rupert Murdoch
, 2005

by Ben Baker

type C photograph (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, Canberra
Purchased 2005
Accession number: 2005.113