Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has announced his engagement to girlfriend Anne Leslie Smith. 

The 92-year-old Murdoch and his 66-year-old girlfriend have known each other since September, and she will be his fifth wife. 

"I was afraid of falling in love, but I knew it would be my last love. It better be like this. I'm happy," the businessman told one of his own publications, the New York Post.

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Last year, he divorced his fourth wife, Jerry Hall, 24 Hours recalls.

Murdoch added that he proposed to Anne Leslie Smith on St Patrick's Day, noting that he was "one-quarter Irish" and was "very nervous".

Smith's late husband was Chester Smith, a country singer and television executive.

"It's a godsend for both of us," she commented on her relationship with Murdoch.

"I have been a widow for 14 years. Like Rupert, my husband was a businessman. So I speak Rupert's language. We share the same beliefs," she added. 

Murdoch has six children from his first three marriages. 

"We both look forward to spending the second half of our lives together," he said. 

The wedding will take place in late summer, and the couple will split their time between California, Montana, New York and the UK.

Murdoch was previously married to Australian flight attendant Patricia Booker, Scottish-born journalist Anna Mann and Chinese-born entrepreneur Wendy Deng.


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