Rupert Murdoch is Chairman of Fox Corporation and Executive Chairman of News Corporation, two of the most recognized and influential media companies in the world. Mr. Murdoch was Executive Chairman of 21st Century Fox, one of the leading portfolios of cable, broadcast, film, pay TV and satellite assets, prior to the closing of the merger of 21st Century Fox and The Walt Disney Company in March 2019. Until July 1, 2015, Mr. Murdoch served as CEO and Chairman of 21st Century Fox, a role he had held since its inception as News Corporation in 1979.
In 1954, Mr. Murdoch took control of News Limited, an Australian-based public corporation whose only key asset at the time was a majority interest in the number-two daily newspaper in Adelaide, South Australia. Since then, Mr. Murdoch oversaw the expansion and development of 21st Century Fox into an international media and entertainment company and, in June 2013, the launch of News Corporation as an independent publicly-traded company, where he serves as Executive Chairman.
21st Century Fox purchased Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation in 1985 and the studio subsequently produced many award-winning films, including the two top-grossing films of all time: Titanic and Avatar. The following year, 21st Century Fox created the Fox Television Stations group, which comprises 27 stations across the U.S. and was the foundation for the launch of FOX Broadcasting Company and FOX Sports.
FOX was the leading television network in the U.S. for a record eight consecutive years. In October 1996, 21st Century Fox launched the FOX News Channel — the undisputed leader in 24-hour news service. 21st Century Fox also successfully established some of the U.S. and the world’s most popular cable networks, including Fox Sports Network, FX and the National Geographic Channels.
Mr. Murdoch has been awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia (A.C.) for services to the media and to newspaper publishing in particular. He and his family have been closely involved with, and made generous contributions to various educational, cultural, and medical charitable organizations throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Asia and Israel.