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James Murdoch’s News Corp Exit Leaves Brother Lachlan as Last Man Standing

  • Elder brother has been prodigal son for Rupert Murdoch empire
  • Lachlan became CEO of new Fox after Disney deal last year
Rupert Murdoch and Lachlan Murdoch.
Rupert Murdoch and Lachlan Murdoch.Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
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With James Murdoch severing the final ties with the family’s media empire, his brother Lachlan -- a prodigal son of sorts -- is left as the last and most likely successor to their billionaire father Rupert Murdoch.

When James announced on Friday that he was leaving the News Corp. board -- after clashing over the company’s editorial direction -- it was just the latest step in distancing himself from the sprawling Murdoch operations.