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SIXTH RUN: Rupert Murdoch Engaged For A Sixth Time @ 92

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is engaged for a sixth time, it emerged on Thursday, this time to Elena Zhukova, a retired scientist.

Murdoch’s office announced that the 92-year-old is set to marry Zhukova, a 67-year-old retired molecular biologist.

Last April, news reports emerged of Murdoch dating Zhukova four months after he ended his two-week-long engagement to Ann Lesley Smith, a 67-year-old conservative radio host.

According to the New York Times, invitations for Murdoch’s wedding, which will be held at Moraga, his California vineyard and estate, have already been sent out.

Murdoch met Zhukova through a large family gathering hosted by his third ex-wife, Wendi Deng, whom he stayed married to for 14 years before filing for divorce in 2013.

News of Murdoch’s latest engagement comes just five months after he announced that he was stepping down from his media empire, which he built after his father handed him his first newspaper.

Murdoch’s last wife was the former supermodel Jerry Hall, whom he divorced in 2022. His other previous wives were Wendi Deng, Anna Murdoch Mann and Patricia Booker. He has six children.

The wedding this summer will come after a year of setbacks for the Murdoch empire in 2023, including a $787.5m settlement between Fox News and the voting equipment company Dominion. The settlement ended a dispute over whether the network and its parent company knowingly broadcast false and outlandish allegations that Dominion was involved in a plot to steal the 2020 US election.