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Media mogul Murdoch to wed ex-model Jerry Hall

AFP, LONDON

Former model Jerry Hall and media magnate Rupert Murdoch arrive at the 73rd Golden Globes in Beverly Hills, California, on Sunday.

Photo: Reuters

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is to marry actress and former supermodel Jerry Hall, the couple announced in British newspaper the Times yesterday, after a four-month romance.

The couple got engaged over the weekend in Los Angeles, where they attended the 73rd Golden Globes award ceremony — although Hall was not pictured sporting a ring on the red carpet.

Murdoch, the 84-year-old executive chairman of News Corp, which owns the Times, announced the impending nuptials in the Births, Marriages and Deaths section of the newspaper.

“Mr Rupert Murdoch, father of Prudence, Elisabeth, Lachlan, James, Grace and Chloe Murdoch, and Miss Jerry Hall, mother of Elizabeth, James, Georgia and Gabriel Jagger, are delighted to announce their engagement,” it read.

The pair started dating in summer after being introduced by one of Murdoch’s sisters and his niece in Australia.

They first made their relationship public in October at the Rugby World Cup final in London, where they were pictured kissing and cuddling at Twickenham.

Between them they have 10 children from previous marriages and they went on holiday with several of them on a yacht in the Caribbean after Christmas.

“They have loved these past months together, are thrilled to be getting married and excited about their future,” a spokesman for the Murdoch family said.

No date for their wedding has been given.

It is to be Murdoch’s fourth marriage and technically the first for 59-year-old Hall, an American.

She had a Hindu ceremony with Mick Jagger in 1990 in Bali, Indonesia, although a court later ruled the ceremony was not legally binding when they split up nine years later.

Hall also dated British musician Bryan Ferry, of Roxy Music, before leaving him for Jagger.

Australian-born Murdoch, now a US citizen, was married to Patricia Booker, journalist Anna Torv and most recently Wendi Deng (鄧文迪), who he split from in 2013.

Media reports surfaced at the time that Deng, now 47, was romantically involved with Murdoch’s good friend former British prime minister Tony Blair. Blair denied anything inappropriate had ever taken place.

With an estimated fortune of more than US$11 billion, Murdoch owns some of the world’s most famous newspaper titles, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and British tabloid the Sun.

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