PADDY MANNING: THE SUCCESSOR
As heir apparent to his father’s global empire, Lachlan Murdoch is poised to become the world’s most powerful media mogul. But who is the enigmatic son of Rupert Murdoch and how does he exercise his influence here in Australia?
Join journalist and author Paddy Manning in conversation with Marian Wilkinson to discuss his unauthorised biography The Successor: The High-Stakes Life of Lachlan Murdoch. Paddy is the author of six books including the best selling biography of Malcolm Turnbull Born to Rule. His last book Body Count won the 2021 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for non-fiction.
The first major biography of Lachlan Murdoch, one of the world’s most powerful and enigmatic people – an epic saga of ruthless power plays and family battles. As heir apparent to his father’s global media empire, Lachlan Murdoch is one of the world’s most powerful people. Yet despite a life in the spotlight, Lachlan’s personality, politics and business acumen remain enigmatic. Is he a risk-loving adventurer or dutiful son? Ultra-conservative ideologue or thoughtful libertarian? Scarred by a series of spectacular business failures, or an underrated leader who has shrewdly repositioned his family’s assets? And will the third generation of Murdoch moguls prove the last?
In this riveting biography, acclaimed journalist Paddy Manning explores Lachlan Murdoch’s upbringing, political beliefs and role as head of Fox Corporation – the man ultimately responsible for Fox News.