Rupert Murdoch, the billionaire media mogul, has announced his engagement to new girlfriend Ann Lesley Smith, just six months after they first met and less than a year after his divorce from fourth wife Jerry Hall was finalized, glamsquad reports
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The 92-year-old announced the news this morning, March 20, in an interview with one of his own publications, the New York Post.
He revealed that he proposed to Smith, 66, with an Asscher-cut diamond solitaire ring that he personally chose.
Murdoch, who has been married four times before, admitted he was “nervous” about proposing yet again. He added that he had “dreaded falling in love” but said that he is confident his marriage to Smith will be his “last”.
“I was very nervous,” he admitted, adding that the couple intends to marry this summer. “I dreaded falling in love, but I knew it was my last. It had better be. “I’m content.”
The newly engaged billionaire, who is estimated to be worth $17 billion, proposed on St. Patrick’s Day in New York City, joking in the interview, “I’m one-fourth Irish.”
The businessman revealed that he and Smith met in September last year at his Moraga vineyard in Bel Air, California, and that he called her two weeks later at a 200-person event.
Meanwhile, Smith, a former police chaplain and the widow of late country music star Chester Smith, described the relationship as “a gift from God”, revealing that the pair “share the same beliefs” and “speak the same language”.
“I’ve been a widow for 14 years,” she explained. My husband, like Rupert, was a businessman. Worked for local newspapers, created radio and television stations, and promoted Univision. So I’m fluent in Rupert’s language. We hold similar beliefs.”
Murdoch’s wedding will be the fifth time he has married.
From his previous marriages, he has six children: 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 daughters Grace, now 21, and Chloe, now 19, with his third wife Wendi Deng.
Murdoch and his fourth wife, former supermodel Hall, had no children during their six-year marriage, which ended in divorce last year.
Murdoch married his first wife, former flight attendant Patricia, in 1956, but the couple divorced in 1967, nine years after their only child, Prudence, was born.
That same year, he married Anna, a Glasgow-born journalist to whom he was married for 32 years before their divorce in 1999.
Murdoch married Wendi just 17 days after divorcing his second wife, Anna. Murdoch was 68 years old when they married, while Wendi was only 30.
That marriage lasted 14 years before the couple announced their divorce.