Conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch wasted no time looking for wife number five, and he found her in ex-San Francisco Ann-Leslie Smith, who has been married twice to multi-millionaire husbands.
Murdoch has made headlines with his longtime New York Post gossip connoisseur Cindy Adams, who, like Murdoch, is 92. As Adams reported on Page Six, Murdoch met Smith at an event last September at his Moraga Bel Air vineyard and winery, and the two bonded over an interest in winemaking.
“She and her husband also owned a vineyard and were in the wine business,” Murdoch reportedly told Adams. “Last year, when I had 200 people in my vineyard, I met her and we talked a little. Two weeks later, I called her.”
So, he had led her into a dead end even before his divorce from Jerry Hall, which was finalized in October. And at the age of 92, perhaps a six-month courtship should be seen as a lengthy one.
Murdoch added: “I was very nervous. I was afraid to fall in love, but I knew that this would be my last time. That’s the way it should be. I’m happy”. And, hilariously, he told Adams, “We both look forward to spending the second half of our lives together.”
As The Cut points out, such comments certainly make him sound like the character he is said to have inspired. successionLogan Roy, who is also delusional about his longevity/immortality.
Smith, 66, was previously married to country and gospel singer turned media mogul Chester Smith, who died in 2008. Chester Smith told the Chronicle in 2002 how he was inspired to return to his musical roots after going through what sounded like anxiety. attack after selling his radio and television stations to Univision in 1996 in an $85 million deal. After that, the Smiths seem to have retired to Modesto, where they had some kind of vineyard.
Either way, Smith clearly has her own money, so maybe she won’t mind signing the prenup this time around. She was previously left destitute when her first marriage to San Francisco-based millionaire John B. Huntington of the Huntingtons ended in divorce in the late 1980s, she told Christian Broadcasting Network. (There is some evidence of a lengthy legal battle in court documents from 1992.) She later seems to have found God and volunteered as a prison chaplain in Marin County before remarrying to a rich man.
As Smith tells Adams, “I have been a widow for 14 years. Like Rupert, my husband was a businessman. He worked for local newspapers, developed radio and television stations, and helped promote Univision. So I speak Rupert’s language. We have the same beliefs. “
Smith adds: “Looking forward, this is not my first rodeo. Getting close to 70 means being in the last half. I was waiting for the right moment. My friends are happy for me.”
At the very least, she admits that she is in the “last half” of her life, while Rupert can imagine that he is just beginning his.
Top image: Rupert Murdoch attends the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at the Wallis Annenberg Performing Arts Center on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/WireImage)