Rupert Murdoch is worth $19 billion and has been married 4 times - here's how he went from operating a small Australian paper to helming one of the biggest networks in the world
- Australian-born billionaire Rupert Murdoch, 87, helms a media empire made up of newspapers like The Wall Street Journal, television networks like Fox News, and a handful of other publications across the world.
- Murdoch inherited his very first newspaper from his father, who was a war reporter turned publisher.
- Bloomberg estimates his net worth to be $19 billion, as of March 2019.
Rupert Murdoch's name is one synonymous with media, but it took decades to build his sprawling empire.
He owns dozens upon dozens of newspapers spanning 3 continents, founded the Fox network - responsible for revolutionizing cable television to what it is today - in the 1980s, and has a net worth $19 billion. That makes him the 47th-richest person in the world.Forbes describes his wealth as self-made, but Murdoch has been interested in media ever since his dad, Keith, left him a string of Australian newspapers when he was just 22 years old.
He then grew his network of papers into a multibillion-dollar domain, cementing his name as a magnate in the industry. The 87-year-old plans to do the same as his father - Murdoch is handing off the reigns of 21st Century Fox, among his other corporations, to his sons to continue the tradition.
Over the span of his five-decade career, Murdoch has been in four marriages and has six kids. He's also been the subject of variety of scandals, most prominently when his UK-based paper News of the World was forced to shutter after it was found to have hacked the phone of a slain teenager.
Take a look at how Murdoch got his start, the deals he has made, and the growth of his empire.