Rupert Murdoch, ex-model Jerry Hall announce engagement

Tue Jan 12, 2016 3:12pm EST
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By Michael Holden

LONDON (Reuters) - Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and former supermodel Jerry Hall got engaged over the weekend, announcing their plans to tie the knot in a classified ad on Tuesday in the Times newspaper, which is owned by Murdoch's News Corp.

The 84-year-old executive chairman of News Corp and 21st Century Fox Inc and Hall, 59, became engaged in Los Angeles, where they had been attending Hollywood's Golden Globes awards ceremony on Sunday, the London newspaper reported.

The three-times-married media tycoon and Hall - who is also a former actress and was the longtime romantic partner of Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger - began dating last summer after being introduced by one of Murdoch's sisters and his niece while in Australia, the Times said.

Murdoch, a native of Melbourne, Australia, and Hall, who hails from Gonzales, Texas, were first photographed together at the Rugby Union World Cup Final in London in October.

"They have loved these past months together, are thrilled to be getting married and excited about their future," a Murdoch family spokesman told the Times.

The announcement, published in the paper's Births, Marriages and Deaths section, read: "Mr Rupert Murdoch, father of Prudence, Elisabeth, Lachlan, James, Grace and Chloe Murdoch, and Miss Jerry Hall, mother of Elizabeth, James, Georgia and Gabriel Jagger, are delighted to announce their engagement."

The newspaper did not say whether the couple had announced a date for their nuptials.

Murdoch divorced his third wife, Wendi Deng, a former executive at Murdoch-owned Star TV in China, in 2013 after 14 years, saying their marriage had been irretrievably broken. (   Continued...

Model Jerry Hall and media magnate Rupert Murdoch arrive at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 10, 2016.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni