Murdoch’s Fox News generated $700 million in operating profit in 2010, crushed the competition in ratings and may have put the Republicans over the top in the midterms. The Super Bowl, on Fox, kicked off with Bill O’Reilly interviewing the president and wound up as the most-watched TV broadcast ever. The circulation of the Wall Street Journal, already the biggest U.S. newspaper, keeps expanding while almost every other daily shrinks. Thanks to a close relationship with Apple, News Corp. became the first publisher to sell digital subscriptions on the iPad with the $30 million launch of The Daily in February. The $673 million purchase of daughter Elisabeth’s production company in February furthered his dream of a Murdoch dynasty. Winning full control of British Sky Broadcasting UK in the face of political opposition would be an even bigger triumph. Australia-born tabloid titan inherited one newspaper at age 23.
Net Worth: $7.6 billion