Ruth Dudley Edwards: How Murdoch was reborn at 82
Don't let the family fights and expensive divorce fool you, Rupert is no lonely old man to be pitied, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards
Rupert Murdoch is 82, his beloved News of the World was closed down in 2011, Rebekah Brooks – his "fifth daughter" – is in the Old Bailey dock with other NOTW colleagues facing months of embarrassing accusations about hacking, bribery and the perversion of justice, shareholders have forced him to split his empire into two, his family have been at war, and he's just had an expensive divorce from his third wife, Wendi, whom it is alleged he believed was having an affair with Tony Blair.
So the poor old bloke –humiliated, lonely, his power eroded and his riches depleted – must be in a terrible state of gloom. Surely death would be a merciful release?
Er, this is Rupert Murdoch we're talking about. Normal rules don't apply. Nor are things always as they seem.