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Rupert Murdoch divorces for the fourth time at the age of 91


Rupert Murdoch. / Reuters

The tycoon and Jerry Hall, ex-wife of Mick Jagger, were married in 2016 in London

Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall are divorcing, according to the ‘New York Times’ newspaper, citing two people close to the couple as sources. The tycoon, with an estimated fortune of 17,000 million dollars, is facing his fourth divorce at the age of 91. At the moment, none of the protagonists has spoken about it and neither has Bryce Tom, spokesman for the businessman, wanted to make any statement.

Murdoch and Hall made their first public appearance in the Rugby World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand, then, in January 2016, they attended the Golden Globes in Los Angeles and a few days later, Murdoch was in charge of announcing their engagement. The tycoon proposed to the model with a ten-carat engagement ring that, according to what was valued at the time, could reach 3.5 million dollars. The couple married the same year in a London mansion.

At the beginning of the romance, a friend of both said that “everything is very new and they are enjoying the company a lot. She makes him laugh a lot.” A naturalized American, on the day of his wedding with Jerry Hall he wrote on Twitter that he was “the luckiest and happiest man in the world.” Everything seemed to be going well, in fact, in December of last year, the couple bought a $200 million cattle ranch in Montana that had been owned by oilman Fred Koch and his children. It was the most expensive ranch in state history. However, it seems that luck has not lasted more than six years and the couple is immersed in their divorce proceedings.

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Although the details of the divorce agreement have not been made public, it is to be expected that it will be an expensive separation, however, it will not affect the structure of the companies owned by the businessman since the shares are managed by a trust. Murdoch splits the voting rights on that trust with his four eldest children, Lachlan, Elisabeth, James and Prudece.

The businessman has been married on three other occasions. His first wife was Patricia Booker, an Australian stewardess with whom he had a daughter and from whom he separated in the mid-1960s. Later he married Anna Torv, a journalist with whom he spent more than 30 years during which he had another three. sons. He separated from her in 1999 and it was one of the most expensive divorces in history. Torv received from her ex-husband 1,700 million dollars.

Despite those two failures, Murdoch tried again almost immediately. Just 17 days after the journalist’s divorce, he married Wendi Deng, a businesswoman and investor of Chinese origin. With her he had two more daughters and they lived together until her separation in 2016.

For his part, Hall had been a partner of Mick Jagger, lead singer of the Rolling Stones, for more than 20 years, with whom he had four children, Elizabeth, James, Georgia May and Gabriel, aged 38, 36, 30 and 24 years. respectively. After 22 years together, she separated from the singer in 1999 because of his numerous infidelities. “I was able to get her out of her addiction to heroin but I couldn’t get her out of her addiction to women in all those years together,” the model came to assure. From her separation to her reappearance years after her with the influential businessman, she did not meet another partner.

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