Saturday, April 20, 2024

Age is Just a Number: 92-Year-Old Star Reveals Plans for Second Engagement

Rupert Murdoch, the 92-year-old media mogul, ‍has announced ⁢his engagement to retired scientist Elena Zhukova, 67, ⁢after being introduced by his​ third wife, Wendi Deng.

This news comes shortly after Murdoch’s previous engagement to former police chaplain and vineyard⁢ owner Ann‌ Lesley Smith ended just two weeks after it was made public. ‍According to reports from, Murdoch​ and Zhukova began dating‍ in August and were⁤ seen together on a Mediterranean ‍cruise during⁤ a family vacation. They ⁣are now ‍in the midst of planning a summer wedding to celebrate their ​love.

Elena Zhukova, known for being ‍the mother of Russian socialite Dasha Zhukova, who was previously married to Russian⁤ oligarch​ Roman Abramovich, has a close relationship​ with both Wendi Deng⁣ and Dasha. It is believed ‌that their mutual ⁢connections played a role in introducing ​Zhukova to Murdoch, highlighting the importance ⁤of existing relationships in bringing people ⁣together.

The couple has already ⁢sent out wedding invitations and ⁣the ceremony is set‍ to take ⁣place ​in June at Murdoch’s California ⁣estate, Moraga, according to ‌The⁤ New York ‍Times. Zhukova, a⁢ molecular biologist with‍ expertise​ in diabetes,‍ has been living in the United States for over 30 years since moving from Russia in 1991. She previously‍ worked at‍ UCLA’s medical research unit and‍ now spends time with her grandchildren from Dasha’s⁣ marriage to Abramovich.

Dasha, who divorced Abramovich in 2019,⁤ has since‌ remarried billionaire heir Stavros Niarchos. Murdoch, who has been married four times and ‍has ‌six children, announced his retirement as chairman ‌of Fox⁣ and News Corp in September,⁢ passing the ‌torch to his eldest son, Lachlan Murdoch.

Murdoch’s love life has been filled ⁢with ups and downs, including multiple ⁤engagements and marriages. His previous engagement to Ann Lesley​ Smith came shortly after his divorce from fourth wife Jerry Hall, resulting in a whirlwind romance ​that captured media attention. Despite the complexities of his personal life,‌ Murdoch remains optimistic about his new love, ‌stating that ​he believes this‍ engagement⁣ will be his last.

Looking back on his extensive family⁤ history, Murdoch’s legacy​ goes beyond his media empire, encompassing a⁤ rich tapestry of relationships and ⁣experiences. From his​ first marriage to former flight attendant Patricia to his long-term marriage to journalist Anna, Murdoch’s ‌life has been ⁤marked by significant milestones, including his high-profile weddings and divorces.

As Murdoch and Zhukova embark on this new chapter of their lives, their union ⁢represents⁣ hope ⁤and renewal, showcasing the enduring power⁤ of love and companionship in the ​ever-changing landscape⁤ of life. With⁤ their upcoming wedding, the couple looks forward to a future filled with joy and promise, surrounded by loved ones as they begin this incredible ⁤journey together.

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