Rupert Murdoch marries Jerry Hall in London

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall pose for a photograph in London, Britain on March 4, 2016.
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall pose for a photograph in London, Britain on March 4, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) – Media mogul Rupert Murdoch married model Jerry Hall in London on Friday, a family spokesman confirmed, less than two months after they announced their engagement in one of his newspapers, The Times.

It is the fourth marriage for 84-year-old Murdoch and the first for Hall, 59, although she had a long-term relationship and four children with Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger.

The couple tied the knot in a civil ceremony at Spencer House, an elegant 18th-century mansion in London’s exclusive St James’s district which was built for an ancestor of the late Diana, princess of Wales.

Murdoch wore a blue suit while Hall sported a pale trenchcoat and flat shoes as the couple smiled for photographers following the ceremony.

The couple, who have 10 children between them, are expected to hold a ceremony of celebration on Saturday at St Bride’s Church on London’s Fleet Street.

While no major national newspapers are based there any more, Fleet Street is the historic heart of Britain’s media industry and St Bride’s calls itself  “the spiritual home of the media”.

With an estimated fortune of more than US$11 billion (S$15 billion), Murdoch owns some of the world’s most famous newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post and British tabloid The Sun.

His third marriage to Wendi Deng ended in 2013 amid media reports that she had developed feelings for Britain’s former prime minister Tony Blair. Blair has denied any impropriety.

Hall had a Hindu wedding ceremony with Mick Jagger in 1990 in Bali, although a court later ruled the ceremony was not legally binding when they split up nine years later.

Australian-born Murdoch and Hall, who is from the US, were first pictured together in October at the Rugby World Cup final in London.

They are thought to have started dating shortly beforehand after being introduced by one of Murdoch’s sisters and his niece in Australia when she was performing in The Graduate.

They announced their engagement in the births, marriages and deaths section of The Times on Jan 12.

“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 announcement read.