Lachlan Murdoch, the son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, is set to replace his father as he prepares to step down from his role as the head of Fox Corporation and News Corporation.
The 92-year-old Rupert Murdoch will officially step down from his role in November and be appointed chairman emeritus of both corporations. His 52-year-old son will become the sole chair of News Corp and continue in his role as executive chair and CEO of Fox Corporation.
Rupert named Lachlan as sole heir to his business in 2019. Murdoch’s younger brother, James, resigned from the board of directors of News Corp in July 2020 over “disagreements” about editorial content.
Born in London in 1971, Lachlan Murdoch moved with his family to the U.S. at age three and ran his own newspaper in Queensland, Australia, according to The Guardian. He became the third-most powerful executive in News Corp at the age of 34, controlling several Fox TV franchises and the New York Post.
He stepped aside in 2005 over a disagreement with his father and former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, according to the outlet. During his time away from his father’s empire, Lachlan moved with his wife and son to Australia, where he founded the investment firm Illyria.
Lachlan returned to the U.S. in 2014 at the behest of his father and had been labeled the “prodigal son,” according to the outlet. He was named chairman and CEO of Fox Corporation in 2019.
The heir is reportedly more politically aligned with his father than James, who has become critical of Fox News and reportedly gave $20 million to President Joe Biden and left-wing groups, according to The Guardian. Lachlan reportedly contributed to Daily Caller co-founder Tucker Carlson’s rise at the network and defended him amid widespread criticism.
Rupert’s transition comes after Fox News faced a difficult several months. The company settled a defamation lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems for $787.5 million after the company accused the network of falsely claiming that its voting machines were used to help steal the 2020 election for Joe Biden.
Steve Krakauer, an editor of Fourth Watch on Substack, told the Caller that the younger Murdoch’s takeover is a “boring” and “inevitable” conclusion which makes the transition unlikely to produce any major changes at Fox News.
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