It's now 15 months since the phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World went nuclear and devastated the Murdochs' political power in Britain. And since that meltdown, the fall-out has wrought havoc right around Rupert's world.

News Corporation's $12 billion bid for Britain's biggest media company, BSkyB, had to be abandoned, his son James was soon forced to flee to America, and Rupert was finally persuaded to cut his beloved newspaper business adrift. And there is the small matter of $584 million in damages to hacking victims, redundancies at the News of the World, penalty fees to BSkyB and lost profits from the NotW's closure.