The richest person in the world: Rupert Murdoch
Keith Rupert Murdoch (born March 11 1931 in Melbourne, Australia) is a businessman Anglo-Australian-American majority shareholder of News Corporation, one of the largest media groups in the world. 88th World fortune in 2006.
Murdoch began his career in Australia in Melbourne, where he succeeded his father the knight Sir Keith Murdoch at the head of a local newspaper. Thereafter, his empire grows without stopping. In 1985, he became a U.S. citizen (the law of the time did the American citizens to own a television station).
Murdoch owns a media empire of global scale, with many websites - IGN Entertainment, AskMen, Rotten Tomatoes - a large number of newspapers including the New York Post in the United States and The Times in the UK. It also has a television network, including Fox News.
Owners of the community site MySpace, Rupert Murdoch has acquired during the summer of 2005 against 580 million dollars. The site is now estimated at 12.3 billion dollars according to L'Expansion. In late July 2007, Rupert Murdoch bought the Wall Street Journal for 5 billion U.S. dollars.
Many criticisms have been raised about the editorial line of these newspapers and TV stations, among others through a documentary film by Robert Greenwald called Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism. Professor Roy Greenslade, in an English newspaper the Guardian Unlimited, stressed that the 175 Murdoch newspapers around the world have supported the invasion of Iraq by the United States with provocative titles.
In the United States, Murdoch has affinities with the Republican Party and the neo-conservatives. It is also a close friend of current President George W. Bush [ref. necessary]. Its chains like Fox News attacking Barack Obama at the Democratic candidate for the presidency of the United States in 2008.
Murdoch is also a Eurosceptic. In Ireland, the local press led a campaign against the Treaty of Lisbon while in Britain, she claims to Gordon Brown a referendum alongside the conservative opposition.
Involved in several charities, which awarded him the Order of St. Gregory the Great.
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