James Murdoch, Rupert’s youngest son, has always been the family's black sheep. A Harvard drop-out who set up his own hip hop record label, he had to be coaxed into News Corp in 1996. Once on board, he preferred to run his own race in far-flung parts of the empire, such as Hong Kong and London, well away from his father and older brother Lachlan.
Fast forward to 2020 and James is a free man. The US$71.3 billion sale of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets to Disney last year led to two seismic events: each of the adult Murdoch children scored around US$2 billion in a carve-up of the Disney pay day and James quit his executive job at the slimmed down Fox Corporation.
It now only has six directors and James isn’t one of them.