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Industrialist, Businessman

AustralianBorn Keith Rupert MURDOCH

Australian-born American media mogul

Born on March 11, 1931 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (91 years)

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Murdoch was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. At the time, his father, Sir Keith, was a regional newspaper magnate based out of Melbourne and as a result, the family was quite wealthy.

Rupert was groomed by his father from an early age, and went off to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University in England where he supported the Labour Party. When Rupert was 22, his father died, prompting his return from Oxford to take charge of the family business; becoming managing director of News Limited in 1953.


He began to direct his attention to acquisition and expansion. He bought the Sunday Times in Perth, Western Australia and, using the tabloid techniques of his father's mentor Lord Northcliffe, made it a success.

Over the next few years, Murdoch established himself in Australia as a dynamic business operator, expanding his holdings by acquiring suburban and provincial newspapers in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and the Northern Territory, including the Sydney afternoon tabloid, The Daily Mirror, as well as a small Sydney-based recording company, Festival Records. His acquisition of the Daily Mirror allowed him to challenge two powerful rivals in Australia's biggest city and to outmaneuver his afternoon rival in a lengthy circulation war.

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