Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch, 92, Finds Love Again with Ann Lesley Smith, 66, Following Fourth Divorce – Engagement Announced

Rupert Murdoch, the billionaire media mogul, has recently announced his engagement to his new girlfriend, Ann Lesley Smith. The couple had only been dating for six months when Murdoch proposed to Smith with a beautiful Asscher-cut diamond solitaire ring, which he personally selected. The 92-year-old Murdoch revealed the news in an interview with the New York Post on March 20, 2023, and shared that he and Smith plan to wed later this year, in late summer.

This engagement comes less than a year after Murdoch’s fourth divorce was finalized with former wife, Jerry Hall. Murdoch has been married four times previously and admitted that he was nervous about proposing again. However, he expressed confidence that his marriage to Smith will be his last. “I dreaded falling in love — but I knew this would be my last. It better be. I’m happy,” he shared in the interview.

The couple got engaged on St. Patrick’s Day in New York City, and Murdoch joked, “I’m one-fourth Irish.” He and Smith first met last September at his Moraga vineyard in Bel Air, California, and he phoned her two weeks after meeting her at a 200-person event. Smith, a former police chaplain and the widow of late country music star Chester Smith, described the relationship as “a gift from God,” adding that the pair “share the same beliefs” and “speak the same language.”

Murdoch has six children from his previous marriages: daughter Prudence MacLeod, now 64, with his first wife Patricia Booker, daughter Elisabeth, now 53, and sons Lachlan, now 50, and James, now 49, with his second wife Anna Mann, and daughter Grace, now 21, and Chloe, now 19, whom he shares with his third wife Wendi Deng.

While Murdoch and his fourth wife, former supermodel Hall, did not have any children together during their six-year marriage, they remain on good terms. Murdoch married his first wife, former flight attendant Patricia, in 1956, but the pair split in 1967, nine years after the birth of their only child, Prudence. That same year, he tied the knot with his second wife, Anna, a Glasgow-born journalist, to whom he was married for 32 years before their divorce in 1999. Murdoch went on to marry Wendi just 17 days after he divorced his second wife Anna. At the time of their wedding, Murdoch was 68 years old, while Wendi was just 30 years old. Their marriage lasted for 14 years before they announced their divorce.