Rupert Murdoch marries for fifth time

Rupert Murdoch has got married again credit:Bang Showbiz
Rupert Murdoch has got married again credit:Bang Showbiz

Rupert Murdoch has got married again.

The 93-year-old media mogul tied the knot with retired molecular biologist Elena Zhukova, 67, at his vineyard in California on Saturday (01.06.24), with family and friends including New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and News Corp chief executive Robert Thompson in attendance, MailOnline reports.

Photographs shared by the outlet showed the bride in an elegant white dress carrying a small bunch of Lily of the Valley flowers, while her new husband - who she had been dating for several months - wore a dark suit with a white shirt and patterned yellow tie.

It was announced in March that Rupert had got engaged to Elena - who he met through his third wife, 55-year-old Wendi Deng - with the New York Times newspaper reporting at the time invitations to their wedding had already been sent out.

The media mogul started dating the scientist last summer after his previous engagement to former police chaplain and vineyard owner Ann Lesley Smith was called off two weeks after it was announced. revealed the couple started dating in August when the two were spotted cruising the Mediterranean on a family summer holiday.

A source told the outlet about Rupert and Elena: “They met through Wendi and Dasha.”

Elena has been married twice and specialised in molecular biology and diabetes. She is the mother of Russian socialite Dasha Zhukova, famous for her marriage to Russian oligarch and former Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich.

Rupert has six children from his previous marriages – daughter Prudence MacLeod, now 66, with his first wife Patricia Booker, daughter Elisabeth, now 55, and sons Lachlan, now 52, and James, 51, with his second spouse Anna Mann, as well daughter Grace, now 23, and Chloe, now 21, who he had with his third wife Wendi.

Murdoch and his fourth wife, former supermodel Jerry Hall, did not have any children together during their six-year marriage.

They got hitched in London in March 2016 after a five-month romance.

Rupert married his first wife in 1956 before they split in 1967.

He married Wendi 17 days after he divorced second wife Anna when he was 68 and she was 30.