Rupert's World

A burst of deals puts Rupert Murdoch in the forefront of media moguls seeking global reach

As he settles into an easy chair in his offices on the 20th Century Fox film lot, a genial Rupert Murdoch has plenty on his mind. Not only has he unveiled a dazzling array of media deals in recent weeks, but his daughter Elisabeth is to be married the following day. "It's the main item of business these days around my house," he says.

Perhaps so, but it's clear that Murdoch has been devoting great gobs of time to business marriages as well. Just two years after he was nearly buried beneath a mountain of debt, Murdoch, 62, is expanding his...

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