Alex Constantine - April 1, 2008
ELISABETH MURDOCH IS BRITAIN"S "MOST POWERFUL BLOND"
Named for her philanthropist grandmother, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, she is Rupert Murdoch's second daughter and the eldest of three children born of his second marriage in 1967 to former employee Anna Tõrv, a Roman Catholic born in Glasgow, Scotland of Estonian extraction. She attended exclusive schools in New York, at one of which, in true Murdoch tradition, she set up an on-campus television station as a student project. Her two younger brothers, Lachlan Murdoch (born in London, UK Sept 8, 1971), and James Murdoch, (born in Wimbledon, London, UK Dec 13, 1972), were groomed from a young age to eventually play key roles in their father's vast media empire, but Elisabeth was seldom referred to in this context.
In 2006, Elisabeth Murdoch was named Britain's "Most Powerful Blond" by Tatler Magazine
SHE RUNS A TELEVISION PRODUCTION COMPANY IN THE UK
She holds dual citizenship in the United States and Britain and left British Sky Broadcasting, in which News Corporation is a major investor and she was managing director of Sky Networks, in 2000 to start her own media company, Shine Ltd.
SHE HAD BACKING FROM SONY AND DADDY
She's a TV whiz whose company just made a $125 million acquisition! The Times says she "Sets Her Own Course in TV" and now has "the beginnings of her own global entertainment business!" How does she do it?? "Sony helped finance Ms. Murdoch’s acquisitions, having recently raised its stake to 20 percent from 14 percent. Another source of funds was a distribution from the Murdoch family trust last year, in which each of the Murdoch children received $100 million in News Corporation stock for their personal use." Oh, right. That.
SHE MARRIED INTO THE SIGMUND FREUD FAMILY - AND HER HUSBAND SHOULD HAVE HIS HEAD EXAMINED
She is married to Matthew Freud—great-grandson of Sigmund Freud—a prominent public relations executive in London.
he is now married to Matthew Freud, the son of former MP Sir Clement Freud, and great-grandson of Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis. Freud, the millionaire head of Freud Communications, was considered a Wunderkind in the world of British public relations as shaped earlier in the twentieth century by his cousin Edward Bernays, and something of a bad boy by London society, which remembers his youthful arrest for possession of cocaine and marijuana. Murdoch and Freud have two children of their own, Charlotte Freud, born November 17, 2000 and samson murdoch freud, born january 13th, 2007. the couple wed on August 18, 2001 in a (no-press-allowed) ceremony at Blenheim Palace. They receive much media attention as one of the United Kingdom's best-connected 'power couples'.
ELISABETH RECENTLY HOSTED AN OBAMA FUND-RAISER
Insert a new twist to the political parlor game that involves following the moves of Rupert Murdoch and his clan: his daughter, Elisabeth, is hosting at her London home a fund-raiser for Senator Barack Obama. Ms. Murdoch is one of a slew of “event chairs,” which also includes Gwyneth Paltrow, for the April 28 event at Ms. Murdoch’s home in Notting Hill. David Blood, who runs an investment fund with former Vice President Al Gore that specializes in environmentally-friendly companies, is also listed as an “event host.”