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|Born||Lachlan Keith Murdoch
8 September 1971
London, England, United Kingdom
|Spouse||Sarah Murdoch (1999-present)|
Lachlan Keith Murdoch (born 8 September 1971) is the eldest son of Australian-American media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his second wife Anna Torv. He resigned from his executive positions at News Corporation on 29 July 2005. He is currently on the board of Network Ten and Chairman of dmg Radio Australia.
Murdoch was born in London, England but was raised in a wealthy New York City neighbourhood where his father owned the New York Post. He received his education at the exclusive Aspen Country Day School in Aspen, Colorado (U.S.), Trinity School in New York City as well as at the Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts (U.S.). He received his BA from Princeton University in 1994.
In 1989 Rupert Murdoch brought Lachlan Murdoch, then 18 years old to Australia while on business to have Lachlan trained for three months at the Daily Mirror. That time the Printing / Publishing departments were situated at Surry Hills Sydney, entrusted by a printer named Arthur Violatzis. Together they created a good working relationship. By the end of Lachlan's third month Rupert Murdoch returned to the U.S taking Lachlan Murdoch. Although trainer and student vowed to keep in touch, they did not contact or see each other since.
At the age of 22, Murdoch was appointed general manager of Queensland Newspapers, which publishes The Courier-Mail in Brisbane. One year later, he became publisher of Australia’s first national paper, The Australian. In 1995, he was appointed Deputy CEO of News Limited, Executive Director of News Corporation since 1996, Deputy Chief Operating Officer since 2000, Senior Executive Vice President from 1999 to 2000, and Chairman of STAR since 1995.
Murdoch has been criticised as a "rich brat" for his "poor handling" of Murdoch interests in One.Tel, which lost the empire millions of dollars. In this venture, Murdoch worked with Australian businessman James Packer, the son of Kerry Packer.
Murdoch has a strong personal interest in Australian rugby league. On 30 March 1995, Murdoch was at the first Super League meeting in the Atanaskovic Hartnell offices in Sydney. He and former Brisbane Broncos chief John Ribot signed up leading Bulldogs players on documents which were not legally effective. Murdoch has been the Broncos' number one ticket holder.
For the year 2001, Murdoch earned a salary of A$2.59 million. In June 2005, Murdoch received the Press & Outdoor Advertising "Media Person of The Year" award in Cannes. Murdoch is one of the founding patrons (along with Anthony Pratt, Peter Lowy and Lisa Fox) of an organisation called "Advance", formerly known as "YAPA" (Young Australian Professionals in America).
After his resignation, Roger Ailes, the chairman of Fox News Channel, was named chairman of News Corp's group of television stations. The abrupt and unexplained departure of the 33-year-old Murdoch apparently dashed News Corp. Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch's hopes that his son would one day take over as CEO of the global media empire, which includes the Twentieth Century Fox movie studio, the Fox television network, several satellite broadcasters, and newspapers in Britain, Australia, and the United States.
In the weeks after his resignation, however, he began a new venture, lodging applications to set up a new Australian company called Illyria Pty Ltd, in which he acts as sole director and secretary.
On 21 January 2008, Murdoch and James Packer announced that their companies, Illyria Pty Ltd and Consolidated Press Holdings would seek to privatise Consolidated Media Holdings which owns holdings in the Nine Network, Foxtel and Australian Consolidated Press.
On 24 January 2008 Murdoch, along with Manoj Badale and Suresh Chellaram under the banner of Emerging Media successfully bid for the Rajasthan Royals franchise in the inaugural Indian Premier League for US$67 million.
In November 2009, Illyria purchased 50% of dmg Radio Australia's interests and Lachllan Murdoch became Chairman. dmg operates the NOVA radio stations in every mainland capital, Star FM in Gosford and talk radio station FIVEaa in Adelaide.
In 2010, after James Packer bought a large number of shares into Network Ten, Murdoch approached Packer to buy some of his shares, causing Ten to offer both seats on their board, an offer which both Murdoch and Packer accepted. In February 2011, Murdoch was appointed acting CEO of Ten Network Holdings after the company's board terminated the contract of CEO Grant Blackley. In February 2012, the Ten board appointed Murdoch non-executive chairman of Ten Network Holdings.
Murdoch married British born Australian model/actress, Sarah O'Hare in 1999. They have two sons, Kalan Alexander, born on 9 November 2004, and Aidan Patrick, born on 6 May 2006. On 12 April 2010, the couple had their third child, and first daughter, Aerin Elisabeth, named for his sister and grandmother. Prior to 2003, Murdoch and Sarah were owners of "Berthong", a house in Elizabeth Bay, Sydney, which was subsequently bought by Russell Crowe. In November, 2009, Murdoch bought a mansion formerly owned by the French consulate in Victoria Road, Bellevue Hill, New South Wales. The mansion was acquired by Murdoch for $23 million. The house had also been inspected by Russell Crowe, who did not take part in the bidding. From time to time, Murdoch and Sarah host fundraising dinners for the charity Murdoch Children's Research Institute. Murdoch is considered to be a friend of Australian actress Nicole Kidman, actor Russell Crowe and director Baz Luhrmann. Murdoch is also the co-owner of the Indian Premier League franchise team the Rajasthan Royals.
Murdoch has pursued a keen interest in medical development following his work on HIV/AIDS. Murdoch reportedly indirectly owns a stake in Australian biotech company Fermiscan following wife Sarah's breast cancer advocacy work and has a number of medical development projects under way.
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