Rupert Murdoch, 93, Marries Fifth Wife

Congratulations are in order for Rupert Murdoch, who has got married for the fifth time, tying the knot with Elena Zhukova at his vineyard in California. The retired media impresario, 93, and molecular biologist Elena, 67, married on Saturday, confirming the news the following afternoon.

The ceremony comes just over a year after Rupert called off his engagement to former police chaplain Ann Lesley Smith, which was announced last April. He has previously been married to Mick Jagger’s ex, Jerry Hall, as well as Wendi Deng, journalist Anna Torv and former flight attendant Patricia Booker, and has six children. He and Jerry ended their marriage in 2022.

Rupert appears to be on good terms with at least some of his exes, with one of them reportedly playing a pivotal role in his new relationship. The couple tied the knot on Saturday

Who is Rupert Murdoch’s new wife? Elena is a retired molecular biologist. The New York Times first reported the couple’s engagement news in March, reporting that they had been introduced by Murdoch’s third wife, Wendi Deng.

While Elena tends to keep out of the spotlight, she was pictured at a private dinner to celebrate Miami Art Basel in December 2010. The event was hosted by Wendi, suggesting they have indeed been long-time acquaintances.

Rupert Murdoch and ex-wife Wendi with daughters Grace and Chloe in 2019© Getty

Rupert and ex-wife Wendi with daughters Grace and Chloe in 2019. Elena’s daughter is none other than Dasha Zhukova, who was married to billionaire Roman Abramovich. The pair, who wed in 2008 and had two children together, split in 2017 and Dasha was given $92 million worth of property in the divorce, according to Tatler.

Dasha went on to wed Greek shipping heir Stavros Niarchos III, a man of equally staggering wealth and influence. Their no-expenses-spared January 2020 wedding in St Moritz was attended by Princess Beatrice as well as Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom.

Who is Rupert Murdoch’s ex-fiancée Ann Lesley Smith?

Ann has worked in modelling, radio, and as a Christian minister for the Manteca Police Department and the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, both in California. She was previously married to late country music star Chester Smith. “Like Rupert, my husband was a businessman. Worked for local papers, developed radio and TV stations and helped promote (Spanish-language TV network) Univision,” she told The New York Post.

“So, I speak Rupert’s language. We share the same beliefs.” Ann met Rupert at his vineyard Moraga in Bel Air in September 2022. She and her husband also owned a vineyard and had been in the wine business. Last year when there was 200 people at my vineyard, I met her and we talked a bit. Two weeks later I called her,” he explained.

Source: Hello.

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