Elisabeth Murdoch (businesswoman)

For other people named Elisabeth Murdoch, see Elisabeth Murdoch (disambiguation).

Elisabeth Murdoch

Elizabeth Murdoch
(1968-08-22) 22 August 1968 (age 48)
Sydney, Australia

American and British

Brearley School

Alma mater
Vassar College

Journalist, media executive

Home town

Elkin Kwesi Pianim
(m. 1993; div. 1998)
Matthew Freud
(m. 2001; div. 2014)


Rupert Murdoch
Anna Murdoch Mann

Prudence Murdoch (half-sister)
Lachlan Murdoch (brother)
James Murdoch (brother)
Anna Torv (cousin)
Sarah O’Hare (sister-in-law)

Elisabeth Murdoch (/ˈmɜːrdɒk/;[1] born 22 August 1968) is an Australian-born American media executive based in the United Kingdom.[2] Murdoch is the second daughter of Australian-born American multi-billionaire media proprietor Rupert Murdoch. She was a non-executive chairperson of Shine Group, the UK-based TV program production company she founded in 2001, until the company’s parent, her father’s 21st Century Fox on 1 January 2015 merged its Shine division with ApolloGlobal Management’s Endemol and Core Media production houses, specializing in reality TV.[3]


1 Biography

1.1 Early life
1.2 Career
1.3 Personal life

2 Ancestry
3 References
4 External links

Early life[edit]
Elisabeth Murdoch was born on 22 August 1968 in Sydney. Her father is Rupert Murdoch and her mother, Anna Murdoch Mann (born 1944). She was named after her grandmother, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch. She completed her secondary education at the Brearley School in New York City and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.[4]
Murdoch began her career as a manager of program acquisitions at her father’s FX Networks, a cable television unit based in Los Angeles. Operating as EP Communications, on 22 September 1994 Murdoch and her then-husband, Elkin Kwesi Pianim, purchased a pair of NBC-affiliate television stations, KSBW and KSBY, in California on a US$35 million loan secured by her father. Within 18 months, the couple reorganized and sold the stations at a $12 million profit.[citation needed]
Murdoch moved with Pianim to the United Kingdom where Rupert Murdoch was running BSkyB after forcing a 1990 merger with BSB.[citation needed] The early years of BSkyB saw a hemorrhage[clarification needed] of cash from Murdoch’s News Corporation funds. To help turn