Rupert Murdoch is a bit of a controversial figure.
Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd once launched a petition calling for a royal commission into NewsCorp's dominance of Australian Media.
Rudd argued Rupert Murdoch's Australian media empire has been used to "attack opponents in business and politics by blending editorial opinion with news reporting," intimidating those with contrary views into silence. "These facts chill free speech and undermine public debate," the petition stated.
In a social media video announcing the petition, Rudd said "Murdoch has become a cancer, an arrogant cancer, on our democracy". Around the same time, the Murdoch family story was told in the documentary The Rise Of The Murdoch Dynasty.
It told the story of Rupert Murdoch's influence on world events like Brexit and Trump's election. And who could forget the fact that James Murdoch – Rupert's son – left the company after publicly criticising its views on issues like climate change.
What it all reflects is the murky area that Rupert Murdoch has wadded in for quite some time.
But who are the Murdochs? Who is Rupert married to? What's the story behind the best-known, most powerful media dynasty in the world?
Watch: The Rise Of The Murdoch Dynasty. Post continues below.
Rupert Murdoch's family life.
Rupert Murdoch's name is synonymous with media around the world. His company NewsCorp owns major Australian media including The Australian, The Daily Telegraph, Foxtel and Sky News, plus UK papers The Sun and The Times, and US publications including the New York Post and The Wall Street Journal.
And then there's his other company, Fox Corporation, responsible for the Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox Sports and yes, Fox News.
Basically, Murdoch media is hard to avoid.
Rupert Murdoch himself is now 91, and still serving as executive chairman of News Corp and chairman of Fox Corporation. According to Forbes, his 2020 net worth is more than AU$20 billion, making him the 68th richest person in the world.