Nepotism in Rupert Murdoch’s empire

Murdoch’s two sons have been appointed executive positions within the companies, going against traditionally accepted practices of corporate governance in publicly traded companies

Investors of publicly traded companies like to expect a certain amount of adherence to corporate governance and democracy from executives, but Rupert Murdoch’s investors enjoy no such luxury. Murdoch is notorious for ignoring corporate convention, and with the recent appointment of his two sons to various executive positions within his empire, he reinforces that reputation. 

Reuters reports that Lachlan, the older son, will become the non-executive co-chairman of 21st Century Fox and News Corp. Lachlan returns to positions of leadership within Murdoch’s empire after he left the position of deputy chief operating officer in 2005 — partly because of conflict with other News Corp executives.

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Juliana Kenny

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