The private yacht reportedly belonging to media mogul Rupert Murdoch has been seen cruising off the coast of Fiscardo harbour on the northern part of the Greek island of Kefalonia in the Ionian Sea.
It was confirmed that the yacht had been viewed hours after US website Drudge Report claimed that the 92-year-old billionaire, who called off what would have been his fifth wedding a few months ago, was lounging on a yacht with a “new woman.” There was speculation that he might be in love again.
Murdoch’s potential new love interest is identified in the article as scientist Elena Zhukova, although it wasn’t clear whether the two of them were vacationing together in Greece.
Owner of the world’s largest media empire
Murdoch is best known for owning one of the world’s largest and most influential media empires under his umbrella company News Corp.
Forbes estimated Murdoch’s net worth at $17.1 billion, making him the 95th richest person in the world.
Ownership of the superyacht Vertigo, worth over fifty million dollars, has been linked to Rupert Murdoch for years but never officially confirmed as belonging to him.
Rupert Murdoch’s unexpected split before fifth wedding
Australian-born Murdoch was planning to wed his latest partner, former dental hygienist Ann Lesley Smith, 66, this summer.
However, the engagement was broken off and the wedding consequently called off after Smith realized she struggled with handling the publicity she was getting because of her liaison to the world-famous businessman.
Murdoch’s engagement to and subsequent split from Smith came less than a year after his divorce from his fourth wife, model and actress Jerry Hall, 67, was finalized. They had been married for six years.
The billionaire has fathered six children, born during his first three marriages: daughter Prudence MacLeod, now 65, with his first wife Patricia Booker; daughter Elisabeth, now 54; sons Lachlan, now 51, and James, 50, with his second wife Anna Mann; and daughter Grace, now 22, and Chloe, 20, who he had with his third wife Wendi Deng.
Kefalonia voted best Greek island
Kefalonia, the largest of the Ionian islands, with its emerald-colored waters, secluded coves, and underground lakes, was recently crowned best Greek island by Which?
Abundant sandy beaches, scenery uninterrupted by high-rise buildings, and access to much sought-after solitude sealed the deal for the island off the west coast of mainland Greece in the consumer body’s annual survey.
Which? asked more than a thousand visitors to rate the ten main Greek islands on factors including beaches, attractions, scenery, and value for money.
Kefalonia was the only island to score five stars in the peace and quiet category, gaining an overall rating of eighty-five percent.