Rupert Murdoch: News Corp mogul weds for the fifth time, marries Elena Zhukova at his Los Angeles estate

Caleb Runciman
The Nightly
Rupert Murdoch marries Elena Zhukova in warm sunshine at his California vineyard
Rupert Murdoch marries Elena Zhukova in warm sunshine at his California vineyard Credit: unknown/supplied

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has tied the knot for the fifth time, marrying 67-year-old biologist Elena Zhukova at his Los Angeles estate.

The 93-year-old former News Corp chairman wore dark sneakers as he traded vows with his bride at his Bel Air estate in Moroga on Saturday local time. Guests at the wedding included his son, Lachlan, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

Ms Zhukova met Murdoch at a family event through his third wife, Wendi Deng, last year.

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Murdoch was previously married to Patricia Booker, Anna Mann, Jerry Hall and Ms Deng.

He was also engaged to radio personality Ann Lesley Smith last year.

The 93-year-old News Corp chairman wore dark sneakers as they traded vows at his Bel Air estate in Moroga on Saturday local time.
The 93-year-old News Corp chairman wore dark sneakers as they traded vows at his Bel Air estate in Moroga on Saturday local time. Credit: unknown/supplied

Ms Zhukova was previously married to billionaire energy investor Alexander Zhukov and has since retired working as a biologist.

Mr Murdoch — whose wealth is reported to be around USD$20 billion ($30b) — purchased the estate in 2013 and held the intimate ceremony in the vineyard.

The media tycoon stepped down as chairman of Fox and News Corp in September, with his son Lachlan taking the helm.

“Our companies are in robust health, as am I,” he said.

Ms Zhukova met Murdoch at a family event through his third wife, Wendi Deng, last year.
Ms Zhukova met Murdoch at a family event through his third wife, Wendi Deng, last year. Credit: unknown/supplied
Ms Zhukova was previously married to billionaire energy investor Alexander Zhukov and has since retired working as a biologist. 
Ms Zhukova was previously married to billionaire energy investor Alexander Zhukov and has since retired working as a biologist.  Credit: unknown/supplied

“Our opportunities far exceed our commercial challenges.

“We have every reason to be optimistic about the coming years - I certainly am, and plan to be here to participate in them.”

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