, Murdoch began her career as a manager of programme acquisitions at her father's FX Networks, a cable television unit based in Los Angeles. Rupert wanted to settle his father’s estate in a way that gave him a newspaper base in Brisbane; but she preferred to see the debts cleared, leaving a small group of papers in Adelaide. A 2003 article in the Melbourne newspaper The Age said: "Few can rival Dame Elisabeth's enormous contribution. She founded Shine Limited in March 2001, with 80 percent ownership retained by herself, 15 percent by Lord Alli, and five percent by BSkyB. At the time of a 2003 interview she had 73 descendants. I am always thinking how fortunate I am to have the opportunity [for philanthropy] because the joy of giving is so wonderful, and I’m worried that some people, a few people, miss that joy because they don’t have the knowledge of how … , Murdoch has served on many organizational boards including Afinti. Her father is Rupert Murdoch, and her mother Anna Murdoch Mann (born 1944).  In 2010, Geelong Grammar School completed a new girls' boarding house named in her honour. Her grandfather, William Henry Greene, was an Irish railway engineer (later one of the three Commissioners of Victorian Railways) who emigrated to Australia and married Fanny, the fourth of the 10 daughters of George Govett. , Murdoch began her career as a manager of programme acquisitions at her father's FX Networks, a cable television unit based in Los Angeles. She was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 1963 for her charity work in Australia and overseas. Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, whose philanthropy and charity work saw her become a widely respected and much-loved public figure, has died peacefully at her home near Melbourne aged 103. Elisabeth Murdoch (born 22 August 1968) is an Australian-born British and American media executive based in the United Kingdom. February 08, 1909. Famous as the wife of pioneering Australian journalist Sir Keith Murdoch and mother of international media baron Rupert Murdoch, her own community work saw the Queen make her a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1963. Her father had a mischievous spirit, and even allowed her to puff on his pipe and chew tobacco.  Her mother's ancestors were Scottish and English; one of her maternal great-grandfathers was a lieutenant governor in the West Indies. Among her 77 living descendants, five of them are great-great grandchildren. At the age of 19, Elisabeth Greene first stepped out with the 42-year-old Keith Murdoch, Melbourne’s most eligible bachelor. Elisabeth was educated at St Catherine's School in Toorak, and at Clyde School in Woodend. At age 94, Dame Elisabeth was awarded a key to the City of Melbourne, and responded with an ever-modest thank you, saying “I just wonder what it means.  They also owned a home in Notting Hill, London. The mother of the head of News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch, lives in Langwarrin, 45km from Melbourne and will turn 101 on February 6. , Murdoch devoted her life to philanthropy. Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, AC, DBE (8 February 1909 – 5 December 2012) was an Australian philanthropist. Trinity College, Melbourne installed her as a Fellow in 2000. ", Murdoch was a Life Governor of the Royal Women's Hospital. She advocated Sky setting up a film and production unit similar to BBC Films and Film4 Productions.  Dame Elisabeth Murdoch joined the management committee of the Royal Children's Hospital in 1933, serving as its president from 1954 to 1965. Many of Melbourne and Australia's most cherished institutions, from the Royal Children's Hospital to the Australian Ballet and the Botanic Gardens, have benefited from her involvement. Among her many other accolades, Dame Elisabeth was also awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia, and in 2005 she was named Victorian of the Year.  Murdoch is the second daughter of Australian-born American multi-billionaire media proprietor Rupert Murdoch. Her mother's ancestors were Scottish and English; one of her maternal great-grandfathers was a lieutenant governor in the West Indies. Will I get a free parking space?”, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Dead: Top 10 Facts You Need to Know, Copyright © 2020 Heavy, Inc. All rights reserved. , Murdoch has served on many organizational boards including Afinti. Born on 8 February 1909 the youngest of three daughters, Elisabeth was spoilt by her father, Rupert, who encouraged his youngest daughter’s ambition to join the circus. BSkyB signed a deal guaranteeing to buy an agreed amount of Shine programming for two years. But Dame Elisabeth’s father struggled with gambling issues, which caused difficulties for her mother Marie as she struggled to keep the family fed and housed.