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Elisabeth Murdoch is an Australian-born British-American media executive based in the United K ingdom. 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 21st Century Fox merged its Shine division with Apollo Global Management’s Endemol and Core Media production houses, specializing in reality TV, in 2015.
|Net Worth||$1.4 billion|
Elisabeth Murdoch CBE was born on August 22, 1968 (age 55 years) in Sydney, Australia. Her father is media tycoon Rupert Murdoch (born 1931), and her mother is his ex-wife, journalist, and author Anna Maria dePeyster (née Torv; born 1944). Elisabeth Murdoch was named after her grandmother, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch (1909–2012). 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.
Elisabeth Murdoch started 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.
Murdoch moved with Pianim to the United Kingdom where Rupert Murdoch was running BSkyB. The early years of BSkyB saw a hemorrhage of cash from Murdoch’s News Corporation funds. To help turn around the financial fortunes of the company, New Zealand television executive Sam Chisholm was brought on board to manage the day-to-day operations and build the subscriber base, with Elisabeth Murdoch as his second-in-command and de facto apprentice.
By the time Chisholm left the company, BSkyB was the most profitable company in the United Kingdom. As managing director, Elisabeth oversaw BSkyB’s £12 million sponsorship of the troubled Millennium Dome, to the relief of its Cabinet overseer, Peter Mandelson. However, she also faced criticism after brokering her father’s failed £623.4 million bid for England’s champion Manchester United team.
After quarreling publicly with Chisholm, she ventured out on her own as a television and film producer in London. She advocated Sky setting up a film and production unit similar to BBC Films and Film4 Productions. However, due to a lack of success, this unit closed down.
Elisabeth Murdoch founded Shine Limited in March 2001, with 80 percent ownership retained by herself, 15 percent by Lord Alli, and five percent by BSkyB. BSkyB signed a deal guaranteeing to buy an agreed amount of Shine programming for two years.
In 2011, Shine was acquired by News Corporation in a controversial deal that raised questions about nepotism. In February 2013, Murdoch was assessed as the fifth most powerful woman in the United Kingdom by Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4. In 2018, Murdoch produced a dating reality show called Phone Swap, which was originally aired on Snapchat.
Elisabeth Murdoch has served on many organizational boards including Afiniti. She is now Executive Chairman of the global TV and film production and development company, Sister, which is headquartered in London with offices in Los Angeles.
She set up her production company Sister in 2019. Her Sister production company had a deal with Chris Goldberg and his Winterlight Pictures company. She most recently had a deal with actor Jeremy Strong. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2022 Birthday Honours for services to diversity in the arts and to charity.
Elisabeth Murdoch has been married three times. She married her first husband Elkin Kwesi Pianim from 1993 to 1998. She had two children, Cornelia Pianim and Anna Pianim with her first husband Pianim. In 2001, she married her second husband Matthew Freud but divorced in 2014. As of September 2023, She is married to Keith Tyson since 2017. She also has two children from her second marriage. Murdoch is a dual national of the United States and the United Kingdom. She currently resides in the St John’s Wood neighborhood of London.
Elisabeth Murdoch Net Worth
How much is Elisabeth Murdoch worth? Elisabeth Murdoch net worth is estimated at around $1.4 billion. Her main source of income is from her primary work as a businesswoman. Elisabeth Murdoch’s salary per month and other career earnings are over $10 million dollars annually. Her remarkable achievements have earned her some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy car trips. She is one of the richest and most influential businesswomen in the world. She stands at an appealing height of 1.71m and has a good body weight which suits her personality.