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Rupert Murdoch
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United States
2018

21st Century Fox

Rupert
Murdoch

Executive Chairman / Founder

Signaling the end of an era for traditional media, pioneering Australian mogul Murdoch agreed to sell most of his 21st Century Fox empire to Disney in a $71.3 billion deal in December 2017, having handed control to sons James and Lachlan in 2015. But as the media marketplace felt the tremors from the onslaught of tech behemoths moving into the video arena, Murdoch emerged to orchestrate a megadeal with Disney’s Bob Iger and found himself in a prime position as 
Comcast stepped in to bid up the final price tag. Murdoch will now reconfigure his remaining operations around Fox News, Fox Broadcasting and Fox Sports, with Lachlan at the helm. The industry will clearly be watching to see where the elder Murdoch places his next bets.

Career

  • Sky plc
  • 21st Century Fox
  • News Corporation

Education

  • Oxford University (UK)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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