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RUPERT MURDOCH, 92, is engaged to Ann Lesley Smith, 66, following his fourth divorce


Rupert Murdoch, the wealthy media magnate, announced his engagement to Ann Lesley Smith just six months after the two had started dating and more than a year after the divorce from his fourth wife, Jerry Hall, was legally finalized.

This morning, March 20, the 92-year-old revealed the information in an interview with the New York Post, one of his own magazines.

He revealed that he proposed to Smith, 66, wearing a ring that he had himself chosen, an Asscher-cut diamond solitaire.

Murdoch, who has already been married four times, acknowledged that he felt “nervous” about proposing yet another time. He stated that he had “dreaded falling in love” but said that he is convinced his marriage to Smith will be his “last”.

He admitted, “I was quite frightened,” adding that they intend to tie the knot this year in the late summer. “I hated falling in love, but I knew this was my last,” she said. It ought to be. I’m content.

I’m one-fourth Irish,” the recently engaged billionaire, who is thought to be worth $17 billion, joked in the interview before popping the question in New York City on St. Patrick’s Day.

The billionaire explained that he first spoke to Smith over the phone two weeks after they first met at a 200-person gathering. They first met last September at his Moraga vineyard in Bel Air, California.

Meanwhile, Smith, a former police chaplain and the widow of late country music artist Chester Smith, characterized the relationship as “a gift from God”, saying that the couple “have the same convictions” and “speak the same language”.

I’ve been a widow for 14 years, she remarked. My husband was a businessman, just like Rupert. worked for neighborhood newspapers, helped launch radio and TV stations, and promoted Univision. I can converse in Rupert’s language. We hold similar values.

Murdoch will have married for the fifth time as a result of the union.

With his first wife Patricia Booker, he had a daughter named Prudence MacLeod who is now 64 years old. With his second wife Anna Mann, he has daughters Grace and Chloe who are now 21 and 19, respectively. With his third wife Wendi Deng, he has sons Lachlan and James who are now 50 and 49 years old.

During their six-year marriage, which ended last year, Murdoch and Hall, a former supermodel, did not produce any children.

In 1956, Murdoch wed Patricia, a former flight attendant; nevertheless, the couple divorced in 1967, nine years after the birth of their only child, Prudence.

He married Anna, a journalist from Glasgow to whom he had been married for 32 years before their divorce in 1999, in the same year.

After 17 days after divorcing second wife Anna, Murdoch wed Wendi. Murdoch was 68 years old when they got married, and Wendi was only 30.

The couple revealed their impending divorce after a 14-year marriage.



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