So what WILL Jerry Hall get? Rupert Murdoch ‘will hand supermodel millions to fund her VIP lifestyle and give her the pick of their £250million property empire (or cash to buy new ones)…even if she signed a pre-nup’
- Jerry Hall and Rupert Murdoch have sensationally finalised their divorce five weeks after split became public
- The former supermodel filed for divorce in LA, citing ‘irreconcilable differences’ from billionaire media mogul
- But it emerged Ms Hall, 65, and Mr Murdoch, 91, have settled break-up agreement and ‘remain good friends’
- Murdoch, who is the CEO and Chairman of media group News Corp, has a fortune of £14billion
Jerry Hall and billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch have sensationally finalised their quickie divorce in the US – giving the former supermodel the pick of their £250million of homes and her VIP lifestyle bankrolled in perpetuity, experts told MailOnline today.
This morning’s announcement came just five weeks after their split became public – but the former couple insist they ‘remain good friends’.
Experts have said that the filing of the divorce in California, rather than in the UK where they were married, will have influenced the kind of deal agreed – and its breakneck speed. Murdoch’s offer may also have been hastened by the threat of everything he earned since they wed in 2016 being shared 50/50 and his tax affairs being made public.
California is a community property state, meaning that any cash, assets and property acquired during the marriage is split in two by default. After they married in 2016 Rupert and Jerry have spent more than £250million on property on both sides of the Atlantic – and Mr Murdoch’s net worth has risen from around £9.8billion [$12bn] to £14.7billion [$18bn] since they walked down the aisle six years ago.
Lawyer Mark Stephens, of the Howard Kennedy firm, told MailOnline today that Ms Hall’s choice of California for divorce proceedings will have forced him to seek a deal quickly ‘because he has more money than he knows what to do with and can spend it to make the problem go away’.
He said: ‘Murdoch has now realised it is better to get a deal done quickly rather than face proceedings in California, where he faces losing 50 per cent of the cash and assets he has built up during their marriage. His tax affairs would also have come under scrutiny.
‘I suspect that he will have agreed to pay for Ms Hall’s staff, jets, cars and lifestyle. It is going to cost him multi-millions of pounds each year. He is also likely to give her several of the properties they have bought in their time together – or significant amounts of cash to buy her new ones’.
He said that Mr Murdoch is likely to have signed a ‘fairly generous’ pre-nuptial agreement. This would have been drafted with the ‘anticipation of not interfering with the line of succession’ for the tycoon’s business empire.
In 2019, the couple bought an £11.25 million Georgian property near Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire. A year later, it emerged they had snapped up Great Tew Manor – a ‘doer-upper’ in the Cotswolds which was earmarked for a £30 million restoration project.
Last December the couple spent £228million on a 340,000-acre cattle ranch near Yellowstone Park in the US state of Montana.
The family’s other properties, believed to be held in trust, include a $50million New York apartment, a ranch in California, a $30million winery in Los Angeles, and a sheep and cattle farm in Mr Murdoch’s native Australia. There is also a Mayfair apartment for when the media mogul is in London.
The former supermodel (pictured with Murdoch in 2016) asked the Los Angeles Superior Court to cancel the divorce petition she filed just five weeks ago before it was confirmed that
Jerry Hall and media businessman Rupert Murdoch bought a sprawling mansion to live in together in the Cotswolds
GREAT TEW: This Cotswolds estate was bought for around £15million with around £30million set aside for its renovation
MONTANA: Only seven months ago it was revealed they had purchased a $200million 340,000-acre cattle ranch in the US
HENLEY: Holmwood House, the £11.25 million mansion near the Thames, which they bought in November 2019
There has been shock about the speed of the divorce given Mr Murdoch’s £14billion fortune. The 65-year-old former supermodel sparked a mystery when it emerged on Wednesday that she had asked the Los Angeles Superior Court to cancel the divorce petition.
The notice was filed by Ms Hall’s attorney in California, Ronald Brot, and was dated Tuesday, August 9. The document said the divorce should be dismissed without prejudice, meaning that it could not be revived.
But hours after news of the development broke, it emerged Ms Hall and Mr Murdoch have settled their break-up agreement and ‘remain good friends’.
Last night a spokesman for Mr Murdoch released a statement on behalf of the former couple and in an email, the spokesman described it as a ‘joint statement from Robert S. Cohen, attorney for Rupert Murdoch, and Judy Poller, attorney for Jerry Hall’.
The statement read: ‘Jerry Hall and Rupert Murdoch have finalized their divorce. They remain good friends and wish each other the best for the future’.
The couple had been together for six years when their split was reported in June. A newspaper claimed that the 91-year-old media tycoon ended their marriage via an email which Ms Hall, 66, is said to have received while waiting for him to arrive in the UK.
Ms Hall responded by filing for divorce on July 1 in Los Angeles rather than the UK, where they were married.
Her next move was even more aggressive and she hired a former Met Police anti-terrorism officer to serve Mr Murdoch the divorce papers at RAF Brize Norton on July 4, after he attended his granddaughter’s wedding nearby.
In her original petition, she said she did not have his full financial information and was seeking it.
Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall outside St Bride’s church in London following a service to celebrate their wedding in 2016
The 91-year-old tied the knot with Hall, 65, in a low-key ceremony in London in March 2016. The couple pictured shortly after the ceremony
Wedding photo of Jerry Hall and Rupert Murdoch with their family. Back row, left to right: Georgia May Jagger, Laclan Murdoch, Prudence Murdoch, James Jagger, Gabriel Jagger, Elizabeth Murdoch, James Murdoch and Lizzie Jagger. Murdoch and Jerry Hall are seated in the middle of the picture with his daughters Chloe (left) and Grace (right) in the front row
Elizabeth Jagger, Mick Jagger, Jerry Hall, Rupert Murdoch, Harvey Keitel and Daphne Kaster pose together at a garden party in LA in 2019
Ms Hall made a fortune from her career as a model, becoming the face of brands such as Revlon cosmetics. She also had small roles in films including Batman. Her split from Mick Jagger left her with an estimated settlement of up to £18million.
When Mr Murdoch divorced Wendi Deng in 2014, their ‘amicable’ settlement is believed to have included cash and assets, including a mansion in China and an apartment in New York. But she did not receive a share of Murdoch’s media empire and their split did not affect the rules of the Murdoch family trust.
The union with Jerry Hall represented a fourth marriage for Mr Murdoch, who is worth an estimated £14billion. It was technically a first marriage for Ms Hall, following a 22-year relationship – and four children – with Mick Jagger. She tied the knot with the Rolling Stones frontman on a beach in Bali in 1990, but this was annulled following their split in 1999.
It is not known whether Mr Murdoch and Ms Hall had signed a pre-nuptial agreement. However, Mr Murdoch did have one with his third wife, Wendi Deng.
Cracks emerged when revellers at Mr Murdoch’s summer party in June had noted Ms Hall’s absence. One of those present at the Serpentine Gallery in London said: ‘I did think it was odd that she wasn’t there. She’s a social butterfly and would generally be at these sort of functions. I also noticed that none of her side of the family was there, nor her friends.’
Mr Murdoch and Ms Hall were last seen together in public in London in August 2021, when they were pictured arriving separately for a dinner. They are understood to have left together in a shared car.
Jerry Hall is now officially divorced from Rupert Murdoch. She is pictured (above) in Los Angeles in 2016
Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall attend the ‘The Quiet One’ screening at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theater
Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall pictured together in California in 2019
Friends told on e US newspaper that during the early days of his marriage to Ms Hall, Mr Murdoch was ‘happily devoting more time to his new wife’, leaving son Lachlan – his chosen successor at the helm of his media empire – and his other children to ‘assert themselves at the top of the corporate hierarchy’.
Mr Murdoch’s businesses include Sky TV and the Sun and Times newspapers. He also owns US television network Fox News and the Wall Street Journal, along with several ventures in his native Australia.
The couple met after his split from Ms Deng, 53, whom he divorced in 2014 after 14 years of marriage. An entrepreneur and investor, Ms Deng hit headlines in 2011 when she slapped a man who had thrown a custard pie at her then husband during a parliamentary committee during the phone-hacking scandal.
When the couple split, there was speculation – denied by Miss Deng – that she had grown close to Tony Blair, the godfather of her and Mr Murdoch’s daughter Grace.
After Murdoch and Hall tied the knot, the billionaire tweeted that he ‘felt like the luckiest and happiest man in the world’
Murdoch and Hall were last seen together in public in London in August 2021, when they were pictured arriving separately at a dinner (seen). They are understood to have then left together in a shared car
Mr Murdoch met Ms Hall in Australia in 2015. After weeks of speculation, the couple went public at the rugby world cup final at Twickenham in London that October. Mr Murdoch was photographed kissing Ms Hall on the cheek while she smiled broadly.
They made their first red carpet appearance together at the Golden Globes in 2016. Friends said at the time: ‘Rupert couldn’t be happier. He’s not acting like some dotty old man who’s in love with a teenager. He just seems really, really happy. It’s a wonderful thing’.
Ms Hall moved out of the £13million home in Richmond, south-west London, where she had lived since her split with Sir Mick after discovering he had fathered a child with Brazilian model Luciana Gimenez.
Announcing his engagement on Twitter, Mr Murdoch called himself ‘the luckiest and happiest man in the world’. He presented Ms Hall with a 20-carat ring believed to be worth over £2.4million.
Their official wedding was a small affair, a week before Mr Murdoch’s 85th birthday, attended by a handful of close friends. Days later, they held a public ceremony at St Bride’s church in London’s Fleet Street with guests including Bob Geldof, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tom Stoppard, Tracey Emin and Michael Caine. Ms Hall wore an ice-blue silk Vivienne Westwood gown, believed to have cost about £8,000.
The Mail on Sunday revealed in October 2015 that Murdoch and Hall were dating – days before they made their public debut as a couple at the rugby in Twickenham (pictured)
Friends said Ms Hall brought more ‘balance’ to her husband’s life after decades of focus on his businesses. Among the few signs of tension was when Ms Hall pulled out a West End revival of The Graduate. Mr Murdoch reportedly banned her from reprising the role of Mrs Robinson, which she had previously played in London and involves on-stage nudity.
Last year, Ms Hall attended Mr Murdoch’s 90th birthday party at Tavern on the Green, an upmarket restaurant in New York. She reportedly ‘doted’ on him during the festivities, which were attended by luminaries from business, sports and politics, a source said.
Mr Murdoch’s first wife was Patricia Booker, an Australian model. They divorced in 1965.
He was married to his second, Anna, a former newspaper reporter, for more than three decades until they split in 1999. Their divorce remains the second most expensive in history at a reported cost to Mr Murdoch of £1.5billion. Before dating Sir Mick, Ms Hall was in a relationship with singer Bryan Ferry and was the cover star of his 1975 album Siren.
Between them, Mr Murdoch and Ms Hall have ten children. Mr Murdoch’s are: Prudence, 63, from his first marriage; Elisabeth, 53, Lachlan, 50, and James, 49, from his second; and Grace, 21, and Chloe, 19, from his third. Miss Hall has four children, all with Sir Mick: Elizabeth, 38, James, 36, Georgia May, 30, and Gabriel, 24.
Fourth time divorce for him – but a first for her
Before marrying Jerry Hall, Rupert Murdoch had already been through three divorces, the first being to the late Patricia Booker.
For Ms Hall, the reported divorce would be a first for, although she shared a decades-long relationship with Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, the pair were never legally married.
Mr Murdoch married Miss Booker in 1956 and they divorced in 1967. Their daughter Prudence worked for her father’s News of the World tabloid newspaper. Later in 1967, Mr Murdoch married Scottish journalist Anna Torv. This would be his longest marriage and they had three children: Elisabeth, Lachlan – his chosen heir – and James.
The couple divorced in 1999.
He married his second wife, journalist Anna Torv, in 1967, shortly after he divorced first wife Patricia Booker. Murdoch had three children with Anna: daughter Elisabeth (pictured left and right), and sons Lachlan and James (pictured right)
Jagger (seen with Hall in 1983) was said to have been left ‘seething’ over his supermodel ex’s marriage to Murdoch
Mr Murdoch married Wendi Deng, 38 years his junior, 17 days after his billion-dollar divorce to Anna was finalised. Miss Deng worked for Star TV, one of Mr Murdoch’s companies at the time.
They were married for 14 years and had two children together.
They divorced after an audit of Miss Deng’s email account uncovered memos to herself about Tony Blair’s ‘good body’ and ‘really, really good legs butt [sic]’. She denied accusations that she had become close to the former prime minister.
Before marrying Mr Murdoch, Ms Hall had four children with Sir Mick. The pair reached a financial settlement after 22 years together in 1999.
Ms Hall reportedly ended things after Sir Mick had a child with Brazilian model Luciana Gimenez, but the former couple remain close friends.
Before Sir Mick, Ms Hall’s partners included Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry.
A Jerry colorful love life! Texan model is single again at 65 after ‘split’ from Rupert Murdoch – following a 22-year ‘marriage’ to unfaithful Mick Jagger, romance with Bryan Ferry and an affair with horse breeder Robert Sangster
BY JESSICA GREEN FOR MAILONLINE
After six years of marriage, Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall are to divorce, leaving the Texan model single again at 65.
Hall has never been short of admirers since she burst onto the fashion scene after being discovered sunbathing in the south of France in the 1970s, however her love life has been anything but plain sailing.
She tied the knot with the Rolling Stones frontman, who she met in 1976, on a beach in Bali in 1990, however, their supposed marriage was deemed void by the UK high court following their split.
It was another humiliation for Hall, after putting up with the rocker’s notorious philandering for years, admitting she ‘forgave, and forgave, and forgave’ to an ‘unhealthy’ extent.
Her union with Mick wasn’t her first star-studded relationship, with the Texas native dating singer Bryan Ferry before her relationship with Jagger and appeared on the cover of his 1975 album Siren.
The couple became engaged, but she was wooed away from Ferry by Jagger.
Friends of the 91-year-old media tycoon Murdoch and 65-year-old model, who wed in March 2016, were left ‘surprised’ by their sudden split, The New York Times said.
The union was the fourth marriage for Murdoch, who is worth an estimated $17 billion, while it was technically Hall’s first marriage after her 22-year relationship – and four children – with Sir Mick Jagger.
Here, FEMAIL takes a look back at Hall’s varied loved life.
Bryan Ferry and Jerry Hall posed together in the Amstel Hotel in 1976 in Amsterdam
BRYAN FERRY: 1975 – 1977
Hall is best known for her relationship with Jagger – however, she had a star-studded relationship history long before meeting him.
She moved to Paris as a model in the 70s and in 1975, in the guise of a mermaid, Hall appeared on the cover of her boyfriend Bryan Ferry’s latest record album, Roxy Music’s Siren.
Despite the age difference – Hall was 19 and Ferry was 30 – they started dating.
Five months later, the lead singer proposed to Hall and their professional and personal relationship continued, with her appearing in the video for Ferry’s 1976 solo hit, Let’s Stick Together.
By now, Hall was one of the most photographed models of her era, truly one of the first to gain the status of ‘supermodel’ and from the front covers of Vogue and Cosmopolitan magazines to the social pages of every publication, a woman instantly synonymous with glamour.
The girl from Texas was also earning a daily fee of $1000. The gossip columns would say that Hall met Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger at a dinner party in Manhattan and left Bryan Ferry for him.
But as Hall later revealed in her 2010 autobiography, Tall Tales, Jagger pursued her while she was still a teenager and engaged to Ferry, eventually seducing her in 1977.
Together, Jagger and Hall partied at the notable nightclubs of the day, Studio 54 and 21 Club in New York. Ferry would later write the song Kiss and Tell about Hall’s infidelity.
MICK JAGGER: 1977 – 1999
Hall was previously in a long-term relationship with Rolling Stones rocker Mick Jagger, with whom she shares four children – Elizabeth, 38, James, 36, Georgia May, 30, and Gabriel, 24.
However the two parents, who met in 1976, never officially tied the knot during their 22-year relationship together.
While Hall’s marriage to Murdoch marked her first official walk down the aisle – she and Jagger did have an unofficial marriage ceremony in Bali in 1990, however that was deemed void by the UK high court following their split.
They went through a legal battle over whether or not their 1990 Bali wedding service had been official after she filed for divorce in 1999. Her split from Jagger left her with an estimated settlement of up to $22 million.
The former supermodel, who was born in Texas, said she had thought that the marriage was ‘valid’ and that – as a result – the pair would need to go through official divorce proceedings.
However, a high court judge in the UK declared that the ceremony was not valid under British or Indonesian law and he therefore declared the marriage null and void.
Hall tied the knot with the Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger (pictured left together in 1992) on a beach in Bali in 1990, however that was deemed void by the UK high court following their split. Hall is pictured right in traditional costume on the day of the ceremony
In 2005, Hall opened up about her feelings over Jagger’s alleged womanizing during their relationship.
She told the Evening Standard that she ‘forgave, and forgave, and forgave and forgave to the point where it wasn’t very healthy at all’, adding: ‘Sure, he wasn’t a great husband, and I could gripe and grouse, but I think that’s old hat.’
She also confessed at the time that she ‘still loved’ Jagger, but that their relationship had been so ‘unhealthy’, it had left her ‘so depressed’ and ‘unhappy’.
‘I still love him. But it made me so unhappy. I was unable to do anything because I felt so depressed,’ she said. ‘If you’re in an unhealthy relationship, it’s bad for your self-esteem. You have so many ups and downs that you can’t be consistent…’
In 2008, Hall insisted she would never want her daughters to date a man like Jagger in an interview with Psychologies magazine.
She said: ‘No, never. But I don’t think they would. They have far more confidence than I did, and they have great boundaries. It took me longer to learn those.’
Hall shares four children – Elizabeth, 38, James, 36, Georgia May, 30, and Gabriel, 24 – with Jagger (pictured together in the ’80s)
Hall conceded she had put up with the star’s behavior for too long.
She said: ‘I always thought he would change, and that was my big mistake. People don’t change, unless they really want to, and you can’t make them.
‘I probably stayed with him for longer than I should have done. All I can say is that I really loved him, and he really loved me, in spite of all the other women.’
At the time of Hall and Murdoch’s wedding in 2016, sources reported that Jagger was ‘seething’ over the union, with one friend saying that the rocker ‘had a real problem’ with the idea of the Australian media tycoon becoming a part of his family.
‘This means that Rupert Murdoch is going to become a part of his extended family, and Mick has a real problem with that,’ the insider claimed.
Hall reportedly ended things with Jagger after he had a child with Brazilian model Luciana Gimenez, but the former couple remain close friends.
Sangster was married to Susan Sangster (pictured) at the time. In 2015, Hall revealed to Radio Times that she embarked on an affair of her own with wealthy horse breeder Robert Sangster in order to give Jagger a taste of his own medicine in 1982
ROBERT SANGSTER: 1982
In 2015, Hall revealed to Radio Times that she embarked on an affair of her own with wealthy horse breeder Robert Sangster in order to give Jagger a taste of his own medicine in 1982.
Although her retaliation initially worked, in the end she was forced to realize Jagger would never change.
Commenting on his philandering and the incessant lies he told her, Jerry was asked if she ever sought revenge at which point she re-opened the story of her dalliance.
‘I did [want revenge]. At one point I went off and had an affair with somebody else. Robert Sangster. So lovely. Horse breeder. Then Mick would beg me back.’
She admitted the fling, which she claimed only lasted a couple of weeks, made her feel good; empowered, and was the only one during her 22-year relationship with the rockstar.
‘The only big time. I thought Mick would eventually change, but he didn’t,’ she said.
Hall’s 1982 affair with Sangster, who passed away aged 67 from cancer in 2004, was well-publicized and one she is reported to have described as a ‘disaster’.
However her interview with the Radio Times was believed to be the first time she admitted she was motivated by a desire to seek revenge.
She added: ‘He [Jagger] never annoyed me. Not little things. I mean his actions with other women were pretty bad but that was the only thing that annoyed me. Not little things.
‘I mean his actions with other women were pretty bad but that was the only thing that annoyed me. He didn’t annoy me day-to-day.
‘He denied everything [the affairs] to the last. Well, I think most men do. He eventually had a baby with somebody else.’
Her relationship with Sangster started when she found out Jagger was cheating on her with Italian model Carla Bruni.
She had intercepted a fax from Miss Bruni to Jagger which read ‘Let’s spend the night together’ and was naturally furious.
She went off travelling with Sangster, who was married to Susan Sangster at the time, in an apparent attempt to make her man jealous.
Her plan worked. Within a year Jagger and Jerry, soon pregnant with their first child, Elizabeth, were back together.
Jerry dated Paramount film producer George Waud for two years after her split from Mick Jagger
GEORGE WAUD: 2000 – 2001
He was 11 years her junior and four inches shorter, but Hall, then 44, wasn’t shy about gushing over her romance with film producer George Waud, who she dated for nearly two years after splitting from Mick.
‘He is way, way, way too young for me, but there it is,’ she said at the time. ‘Go with the flow. He’s gorgeous, he’s smart, he’s single. And he thinks he isn’t good-looking which makes him all the more attractive.’
She met Waud in August 1999, just after she had received a £10million parting settlement from Jagger.
He’s the son of millionaire Guy Pierre D’Abzac Waud, a former member of the council of the Distressed Gentle-folk’s Association and a consultant to the American School in Cobham, Surrey.
Waud, who read Fine Arts at Oxford, was a film producer with Paramount when he and Hall started dating, and used to go out with Cecilia Peck, daughter of the Hollywood star, Gregory.
The couple split in the summer of 2001.
A few months after her split from Waud, Hall moved on with another toyboy – albeit a less diminutive one. Then 45, she met London banker Tim Attias, 35, through the Kabbalah, an offshoot of Judaism to which she is devoted
TIM ATTIAS: 2001 – 2002
A few months after her split from Waud, Hall moved on with another toyboy – albeit a less diminutive one.
Then 45, she met London banker Tim Attias, 35, through the Kabbalah, an offshoot of Judaism to which she is devoted.
The confirmed bachelor had a formidable reputation as a ladies’ man and friends said it was not uncommon for him to have up to five women on the go at once.
A keen polo player, he ran a team from Lord Cowdray’s estate in West Sussex, costing him up to £500,000 a year – which was not a problem with bonuses from his job with investment bankers ABN Amro said to be in the region of £2million.
During their ‘intense fling’ he whisked Hall off to Mustique and invited her to parties at his £1.5million Notting Hill home in West London.
Friends said he was besotted, with one adding: ‘It is all Tim can talk about.’
However, it was reportedly Hall who ended things, saying she wasn’t ready to commit to a serious relationship again.
Hall met Warwick Hemsley in Perth, Australia, in September 2010 while starring in The Graduate, in which she played seductress Mrs Robinson
WARWICK HEMSLEY: 2010 – 2012
Hall met Warwick Hemsley in Perth, Australia, in September 2010 while starring in The Graduate, in which she played seductress Mrs Robinson.
The property tycoon, thought to be worth £30million at the time, followed her back to London when the 21-performance run of The Graduate ended.
He crossed to the other side of the world and even moved in with her in October 2010, just weeks after they met and fell for each other.
‘I’ve never seen her so relaxed,’ a member of the West London ladies-who-lunch set, of which Hall was a fixture, previously told The Daily Mail.
‘Her relationship with Warwick has played a huge part in how contented she is these days. She’s finally ready to settle into middle age.’
Those close to her at the time suggested Hall was seriously considering marriage.
The same friend said: ‘When one of her friends made a remark about how they could see her marrying again, Jerry would always laugh it off, but recently she’s stopped being so coy.
‘In fact, she’s been saying quite openly that she likes the idea. It’s quite a surprise — I never thought she would find anyone who could live up to Mick, in her mind.’
Hall was romantically linked to New Zealand-born Armand Leroi, then 49, from January 2014 until a year later
ARMAND LEROI: 2014 – 2015
Hall was romantically linked to New Zealand-born Armand Leroi, then 49, from January 2014 until a year later.
The diplomat’s son came with impressive credentials – best known for the Channel 4 documentary series Human Mutants, he is Professor of Evolutionary Developmental Biology at Imperial College London.
Friends said at the time he was the perfect companion for Jerry. ‘He is good looking, well-read and sophisticated,’ a chum told The Daily Mail.
The son of Dutch diplomats, Armand comes from a family that is both jet-setting and intellectual. His twin sister Marie-France is an eminent lawyer in Canada, while another sister, Iracema, is a leading authority on Alzheimer’s disease.
Armand took his BSc degree at Dalhousie in Halifax, Canada, in 1989, then a PhD at the University of California.
He moved to Britain in 1996 to be a lecturer at Imperial College London, where in 2001 he was appointed Reader in Evolutionary Developmental Biology.
His emergence as a media star began with the publication of his book Mutants: On The Form, Varieties And Errors Of The Human Body, in 2004. It was widely lauded, won an award and was turned into a documentary series on Channel 4, which he wrote and presented.
Another Channel 4 series — What Makes Us Human — followed in 2006, then in 2009 came a BBC4 documentary called What Darwin Didn’t Know. He presented Aristotle’s Lagoon for BBC4 in 2010 and followed up with a book of the same title in 2014. All were greeted with acclaim and his profile rose.
RUPERT MURDOCH: 2015 – 2022
Murdoch and Hall tied the knot in London in March 2016 in a very low-key ceremony at Spencer House, which overlooks Green Park, after a whirlwind five-month romance.
At the time, the media tycoon expressed his joy over the union, tweeting shortly after the ceremony concluded that he would be taking a break from social media in order to enjoy newlywed life.
Murdoch and Hall (pictured in 2019) began quietly dating in 2015, with The Mail on Sunday revealing in October of that year that they had begun their romance after being introduced in Australia by one of Murdoch’s sisters and his niece
‘No more tweets for ten days or ever!’ he wrote. ‘Feel like the luckiest AND happiest man in world.’
One day after their official ceremony, the couple – whose unlikely romance made headlines the world over – hosted a more lavish affair, which was attended by all ten of their children.
Hall’s two daughters and Murdoch’s two youngest daughters acted as bridesmaids, while the media mogul’s son Lachlan was understood to have presided over the pair’s first ceremony.
Following the wedding celebrations, Hall shared a photo of the then-newlyweds posing with all of their kids, writing alongside it: ‘My beautiful family!’
Murdoch and Hall began quietly dating in 2015, with The Mail on Sunday revealing in October of that year that they had begun their romance after being introduced in Australia by one of Murdoch’s sisters and his niece.
The couple made their relationship public on October 31 when they were seen for the first time together at the Rugby World Cup final at Twickenham in London.
They then attended the Golden Globes in Los Angeles in January 2016 – days before Murdoch announced that the pair were engaged.
Murdoch popped the question with a 10-carat marquise diamond engagement ring that was said to be worth up to $3.5 million.
In December 2021, just seven months before the news of their impending divorce was reported, Hall and Murdoch purchased a $200 million cattle ranch – called Beaverhead – in Montana, which was previously owned by oil baron Fred Koch and his children.
The purchase of the 340,000-acre ranch, which is located close to Yellowstone National Park, was the priciest ranch sale in Montana history.
At the time, Murdoch told the Wall Street Journal of his new home: ‘This is a profound responsibility.
‘We feel privileged to assume ownership of this beautiful land and look forward to continually enhancing both the commercial cattle business and the conservation assets across the ranch.’
A spokesperson added to the publication that Hall and Murdoch were planning to spend time together on the ranch, having spent a year looking for the perfect place to snap up in the area.
In addition to the newly-purchased ranch, Murdoch also owns a $28.8 million estate and winery in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, a ranch in California, a four-story penthouse in New York City that is believed to be worth around $72 million, and a 25,000-acre sheep and cattle farm, called Cavan Station, in his native Australia.
Forbes also reported last year that Murdoch had at one point owned two properties in the UK: an 11-bedroom mansion in Oxfordshire, and an apartment in London.
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