Why Ross Levinsohn Is Leaving News Corp.

The executive who advised Rupert Murdoch to acquire MySpace will likely join a startup. "I like building," he says

Ross Levinsohn, the News Corp. executive who put Rupert Murdoch's media empire on the digital map, says the online market is still exploding with opportunity. Levinsohn, who conceived of News Corp.'s (NWS) acquisition of social networking phenomenon MySpace (see BusinessWeek.com, 8/9/06, "Fox to Make MySpace More Spacious"), announced his resignation late on Nov. 16. "I have some opportunities," Levinsohn, 43, told BusinessWeek.com on Nov. 17. "It's the most exciting time in the history of the business, and I like building."

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