Prudence Macleod: Born in Adelaide in 1958 and married to Cumberland Newspapers CEO Alasdair Macleod. Never worked in the business and lives in Sydney with three children.

Elisabeth Murdoch: Born in Sydney in 1968 and quit a senior position at BSkyB after in 2000 after seven years in News Corp's US and UK television operations. Has three daughters to two husbands and lives in London where she runs her own television production company Shine.

Lachlan Murdoch: Born in London in 1971. Living in New York as deputy chief operating officer of News Corp but now returning to Sydney as a humble non-executive director. Married to supermodel Sarah O'Hare and was the only adult Murdoch child without children of his own until son Kalan arrived last November.

James Murdoch: Born in London in 1973. Running BSkyB in London. Married to former model Kathryn Hufschmid who had their first daughter, Anneka, in Hong Kong in April 2003.

James Macleod: Born in the UK in 1991 and the first new Murdoch heir in 18 years. The eldest grandchild was produced by Prudence and Alasdair Macleod. He's now 14 and goes to school in Sydney.

Angus Macleod: Born in 1993 in UK. Now 12 and was the last male heir to the crown before Lachlan's boy Kalan arrived. There were seven straight female heirs in between.

Cornelia Pianim: Born 1994 in New York to Elisabeth and Elkin Pianim, the son of a Ghanian politician who Elisabeth met at university but discarded when spindoctor Matthew Freud came on the scene.

Clementine Macleod: Born in 1996 in UK to Prudence and Alasdair Macleod. Now lives in Sydney.

Anna Pianim: Born 1997 to Elisabeth and Elkin Pianim in London.

Charlotte Freud: Born in London in November 2000 to Elisabeth and Matthew Freud.

Grace Murdoch: Born October 2001 in New York. Rupert's 5th child and first to Wendi Deng. Lives with her parents in New York.

Anneka Murdoch: Born in Hong Kong in April 2003. First grandchild carrying the Murdoch name and first child of James and Kathryn Hufschmid. Now living in London with dad who runs BSkyB.

Chloe Murdoch: Born in New York July 2003. Second daughter to Rupert and Wendi and seventh straight female heir.

Kalan Murdoch: Anna Murdoch's first grandson was born to Lachlan and Sarah in Sydney in November 2004.

That's eight grandchildren in 14 years but after two boys to start, Rupert's had five girls straight, plus two girls of his own. So he was at 7seven straight girls when Lachlan and Sarah finally delivered a boy in November 2004. This continues a trend in the Murdoch family. Rupert was the only son with three older sisters, he's had two sons and four daughters, and they in turn have produced five grand-daughters and only three grandsons.