With her husband and privy counselor, Matthew Freud, the Murdochs’ prodigal daughter is trying to finally get her due.
Elisabeth Murdoch has always had to fight for her father’s attention, never easy in a family that was focused on the sons. Though she was the eldest of the three children from Rupert’s second marriage, Rupert had never taken her seriously as a possible contender to run the company some day. “Liz is the most overtly ambitious of the three kids,” a former News Corp. executive told me. “She was driven to prove to her dad that she could more than hold her own with the boys.”