Monday, June 17, 2024

Succession: Rupert Murdoch, 93, Marries for the 5th Time, to 67 Year Old “Molecular Biologist”


This will be a prenup for the ages.

Aging 93 year old lizard publisher, Rupert Murdoch, has married for the 5th time.

In a chapter taken from the TV series, “Succession,” Murdoch is now hitched to a 67 year old Russian “molecular biologist” named Elena Zhukova.

Elena comes from some money, so you can’t call her a golddigger. She was married to another oligarch, Alexander Zhukov, who has his checkered past. Her daughter, Dasha, has already been married to different billionaires. Her first husband was Roman Abramovitch, the Russian oligarch. Her current husband is Stavros Niarchos III, grandson of the shipping heir. The original Stavros was famous in his personal life for being married to — among others — Charlotte Ford (daughter of Henry) and Tina Onassis (first wife of Aristotle, later husband of Jackie Kennedy).

Zhukova is identified as a molecular biologist. It’s unclear if she has a degree in gerontology, or any experience with bedpans. She probably doesn’t need one since Rupert no doubt has a staff attending to his personal toilette.

Still, the pre-nup should be boiler plate by now. It’s not that long ago that Jerry Hall, the model and ex of Mick Jagger, had the position now taken. Before that it was Wendi Deng, who had two children with Rupert. He, of course, has four adult children from his first two marriages: Prudence, Elisabeth, James, and Lachlan. Or as they’re better known, Connor, Shiv, Roman, and Kendall.

Here’s the genetic breakdown: Murdoch’s father died at 67. But his wife — the mother — lived to 103. So Mrs. Zhukova could get 10 years out of this and still be only 77 with a lovely dowry.

Send them a toaster! And a defibrillator! Mazel Tov!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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