Some people are mocking Rupert Murdoch for getting engaged to 66-year-old Ann Lesley Smith after he said he would marry the former San Francisco police chaplain.
This will mark the fifth marriage for the 92-year-old media mogul.
Murdoch finalized his divorce from actress and model Jerry Hall in August.
Murdoch and Smith, 66, first met in September at his vineyard Moraga in Bel Air, California, and he called her two weeks later, Murdoch told the News Corp-owned NY Post, which broke the news of the engagement. Smith is a widow whose late husband was Chester Smith, a country singer, radio and TV executive.
On March 17 in New York, Murdoch presented Smith with an Asscher-cut diamond solitaire ring, according to the Post. They will be married in late summer.
“I was very nervous. I dreaded falling in love but I knew this would be my last. It better be. I’m happy,” Murdoch told the Post.
Some people called Ann Lesley Smith “the widow in waiting” while others asked why she is attracted to a 92-year-old man.
Some people think she is marrying Rupert Murdoch for his money.
But reports said Murdoch’s nuptials are unlikely to change the ownership structure of businesses in which he holds stakes, including Fox Corp (FOXA.O), the parent company of Fox News Channel, and News Corp. Murdoch controls News Corp and Fox Corp through a Reno, Nevada-based family trust that holds roughly a 40% stake in voting shares of each company.
It is being speculated that Rupert Murdoch was attracted to Lesley Smith because she has also worked as prison chaplain.
For those unaware, prison chaplains offer spiritual care in the clinical setting. “Spiritual care” has to do with issues of meaning, hope, and transcendence that are often more pronounced during illness, injury, birth and death. According to Pew Research, The role of prison chaplains is to meet the religious needs of inmates.
But the specific activities of prison chaplains vary from state to state and facility to facility. Most chaplains report that they perform a wide range of functions — from administering religious programs, to training volunteers, to advising other prison staff members. In the view of many chaplains, however, their most important role is to personally lead religious services, provide religious education and counsel inmates. Some seem to chafe under the burden of paperwork and administrative duties. But, on the whole, they express high levels of job satisfaction.
The Pew Forum survey asked the chaplains which of 10 possible functions they perform as part of their work.
The chaplains could indicate that they perform multiple functions, and virtually all of them did so. Indeed, more than nine-in-ten say they do each of the following: administer religious programs (93%), work with external faith-based and community organizations (92%), personally lead worship services, religious instruction or spiritual counseling (92%), advise correctional staff on religious issues and related policies (92%), and supervise or train volunteers (91%).