Rupert Murdoch, chief executive and founder of the global media empire News Corp., appears to be a businessman who doesn't always play by the rules. Now 80 years old, he has quite a few scandals under his belt. Here are the ones you should know about.
- News of the World, owned by Rupert Murdoch, was accused of hacking into the phone of a missing schoolgirl, Milly Dowler, who was found murdered six months after she disappeared in the spring of 2002. The allegations involved deleting messages on Dowler's phone to create room for new ones, which interfered with the investigation and gave the girl's family false hope. According to The Huffington Post, Murdoch met with the Dowler family to apologize in 2011.
- News America Marketing, a News Corp. subsidiary based in Connecticut, was accused of illegal computer espionage for hacking a rival firm's (Floorgraphics Inc.) computer system between 2003 and 2004. News America used the information obtained to allegedly steal clients and eventually bought out Floorgraphics Inc., according to Rolling Stone.
- News of the World published an article in 2005 on Prince William's knee injury that sparked complaints by officials of the royal family about voice messages being intercepted. A police investigation began and the royal editor Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire were arrested in 2006 and spent several months in jail, according to The Telegraph.
- News Group Newspapers, which publishes the News of the World, paid over 1 million pounds to settle cases which involved evidence of journalists' alleged phone hacking, according to The Telegraph.
- Murdoch closed News of the World, Britain's biggest selling Sunday newspaper, following the phone hacking scandals throughout its past. The paper had 200 employees when it was shut down.