Rupert Murdoch is Executive Chairman of 21st Century Fox, one of the world’s leading portfolios of cable, broadcast, film, pay TV and satellite assets. Until July 1, 2015, Mr. Murdoch served as CEO and Chairman of the Company, a role he 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 has overseen 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.
The Company grew its now independent publishing business beginning with the acquisition of the Daily Mirror in Sydney and, in 1964, launched a national newspaper, The Australian. In 1969, the Company ventured into the United Kingdom and later purchased The Sun newspaper.
In the 1980s, the Company purchased The Times and Sunday Times and HarperCollins Publishers, one of the world’s largest and most digitally advanced English language book publishers. The Company’s publishing interests now include capital city and suburban newspapers in Australia and the U.K. and the New York Post in the United States. In 2007, the Company acquired Dow Jones & Company, including The Wall Street Journal.
The Company purchased Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation in 1985 and the studio has since produced many award-winning films, including the two top-grossing films of all time: Titanic and Avatar. The following year, the Company 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, The Company launched the FOX News Channel — the undisputed leader in 24-hour news service. The Company has 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.
21st Century Fox is the major shareholder in Sky, Europe’s leading entertainment company, which serves nearly 23 million customers across five countries. The pan-European Sky was created in 2014 following the combination of 21st Century Fox’s European satellite television holdings in British Sky Broadcasting, Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland. 21st Century Fox also owns STAR India, that country’s No. 1 television network, providing a variety of top-rated local programming services in general entertainment, film, music and sports to more than 650 million weekly viewers in India.
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. Throughout the Company’s history, 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.