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Prudence "Prue" Murdoch MacLeod (formerly Odey; born 1958) is an Australian-British media executive. Murdoch is the eldest child and daughter of Australian-born American billionaire media proprietor Rupert Murdoch. She has held several directorial roles in her father's News Corporation, and is currently a board member of Times Newspapers Ltd, a subsidiary of News Corporation.

Prudence Murdoch
Prudence Murdoch

1958 (age 60–61)
ResidenceVaucluse, New South Wales, Australia[1]
EducationDalton School, New York City[2]
OccupationExecutive board member of Times Newspapers Ltd (2011—present)[2]
Non-executive Board Member of News Corporation (2011—present)[2]
Tabloid researcher for News of the World (1976–1977)[2]
Board member ofTimes Newspapers Ltd (2011—present)
News Corporation (2011—present)
Crispin Odey
(m. 1985; div. 1986)

Alasdair MacLeod
(m. 1989)


Early life and educationEdit

Prudence Murdoch was born in 1958 in Adelaide, South Australia. She is the eldest child and first daughter of Australian-born American media mogul Rupert Murdoch, and his first wife, Australian model Patricia Booker.[2] She was raised in Adelaide until 1968, 1 year after her parents' divorce, when she moved to London with her father and stepmother Anna Torv after his purchase of the tabloid newspaper publishing company, News of the World. She received her secondary education at a state school in London, and at the Dalton School in Manhattan after her family relocated to New York City. Murdoch subsequently returned to London where she worked briefly as a journalist for News of the World.

Personal lifeEdit

Murdoch is described, in relation to her inheritance, as "the only one of [Rupert Murdoch's] children not directly competing for his business affections.[2] After her parents divorce, Murdoch's mother married a Swiss national and began to lead a life of partying, often neglecting Murdoch. In addition to a poor relationship with her own mother, Murdoch also had a poor relationship with her stepmother, Anna Torv.[2]


In 1985 Murdoch married Crispin Odey, an English financier who would go on to become the highest-earning hedge fund manager in London. The pair were married only briefly,[2] separating and divorcing within 15 months of their marriage. They had no children.

In 1989 Murdoch married Alasdair MacLeod, an Eton educated businessman who would shortly begin working for his new father-in-law, Rupert Murdoch. Prudence was strongly against MacLeod working in her family business, but Rupert offered MacLeod a job behind her back.


Murdoch has three children, all by her second husband, Alasdair MacLeod: James (b. London, 1991), Angus (b. London, 1993) and Clementine (b. London, 1996), who all were educated and now reside in Sydney.


  1. ^ "Rupert Murdoch by the people who know him best - his children | Media | The Guardian". Retrieved 12 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "The Secrets of His Succession | Vanity Fair". Retrieved 12 September 2016.