Rupert Murdoch, 92, engaged and to marry for fifth time months after Jerry Hall divorce

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is engaged to his new partner Ann Lesley Smith months after divorcing his ex wife Jerry Hall.

The 92 year old businessman could be walking down the aisle for the fifth time this summer with his new partner Ann, who is said to be 26 years his junior.

Rupert's new fiancée was previously married to country singer and radio and TV executive Chester Smith, who died in 2008.

Rupert is believed to have met Ann six months ago after his marriage to Jerry, 66, ended when they officially filed for divorce in L.A. in August last year.

Rupert popped the question in New York City on Friday to coincide with St Patrick’s Day and proposed to Ann with an Asscher-cut diamond ring.

"I’m one-fourth Irish," he said, while also revealing how he first met Ann at his vineyard Moraga in Bel Air, California, last year when he hosted a party for 200 people.

He said he and Ann "talked for a bit" at the high-profile event and he proceeded to call her two weeks later.

According to the New York Post, the businessman said he was "very nervous" about his proposal to Ann.

"I was very nervous. I dreaded falling in love — but I knew this would be my last. It better be. I’m happy," he shared.

Rupert previously tied the knot with ex wives Wendi Deng, 54, Anna Murdoch Mann, 78, and Patricia Booker – who died in 2000 at the age of 72 – before marrying Jerry in March 2016.

Rupert and Ann are now said to be planning a summer wedding for this year.

Ann expressed her joy as she said of her happy news: "For us both it’s a gift from God. We met last September."

She continued to speak of how they met: "I’m a widow 14 years. Like Rupert, my husband was a businessman.

"Worked for local papers, developed radio and TV stations and helped promote Univision. So I speak Rupert’s language. We share the same beliefs."

Rupert separated from his ex-wife Jerry – who shares her four children, Elizabeth, 39, James, 37, Georgia, 31, and Gabriel, 25, with 79 year old Mick Jagger – after being married for six years together.

Jerry was believed to be "blindsided" by Rupert's alleged decision to end their marriage "electronically" via "text message".

Their divorce was finalised and attorneys Robert S Cohen and Judy Poller said in a comment: "Jerry Hall and Rupert Murdoch have finalised their divorce. They remain good friends and wish each other the best for the future."


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