Anna Murdoch Mann

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Anna Murdoch Mann

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Murdoch Mann in 1981
Anna Maria Torv

(1944-06-30) 30 June 1944 (age 76)
OccupationJournalist and novelist
(m. 1967; div. 1999)

William Mann
(m. 1999; died 2017)

Ashton dePeyster
(m. after 2019)
ChildrenElisabeth Murdoch
Lachlan Murdoch
James Murdoch
RelativesAnna Torv (niece)

Anna Maria Mann DSG (née Torv; formerly Murdoch; born 30 June 1944) is a Scottish journalist and novelist. She was married to Rupert Murdoch from 1967 to 1999; the couple had three children.


Early life[edit]

Anna Torv was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1944 to[1] Jacob Tõrv, an Estonian-born merchant seaman, and Sylvia Braida, a Scottish drycleaner.[2] Her parents had a drycleaning business in Glasgow, until they emigrated to Australia.[2] When they opened a picnic park outside Sydney and it went bankrupt, her mother left the family household. She has two brothers and one sister. Raised Catholic, she attended Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.[2]


She started her journalistic career at the age of 18, working on the Sydney Daily Mirror.[3] She also worked as a journalist for the Australian Daily Telegraph.[1] She later served on the board of directors of News Corporation.[1]

She has written three books.[1] Her first novel, In Her Own Image, is about two sisters who fall in love with the same man on a sheep station close to the Murrumbidgee River.[4]

Personal life[edit]

She was married to Rupert Murdoch from 1967 to 1999.[1][4][5][6] They had three children:

When they divorced in 1999, she reportedly received $1.7 billion (including $110 million in cash) from the settlement.[1][5] She remarried six months later, to William Mann, a financier.[1][2][5] They reside in The Hamptons, in a house formerly owned by the philanthropist Yasmin Aga Khan.[2]

According to The Independent, the kidnappers and killers of Muriel McKay, wife of Murdoch's deputy Alick McKay, had originally intended to kidnap Anna Murdoch instead, but confusion arose when the McKays had made use of one of Murdoch's vehicles.[7]

In 1998, she was made a Dame of the Order of St. Gregory the Great.[8]

Her husband William Mann died in 2017. She remarried on April 28th 2019 to Ashton dePeyster.[9]


  • In Her Own Image (Morrow, 1986) ISBN 9780688058876
  • Family Business (Morrow, 1988) ISBN 9780449145678
  • Coming to Terms (1992)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Megan Willett, "Here's What Happened The Last Time Rupert Murdoch Got Divorced", Business Insider, 14 June 2013
  2. ^ a b c d e David Leser, Anna and her kingdom Archived 10 August 2013 at the Wayback Machine, The Australian Women's Weekly, February 2000
  3. ^ Zinn, Christopher (27 July 2001). "He was hard, ruthless and determined' Three years after her divorce from Rupert, Anna Murdoch Mann has finally broken her silence. Yes, she's bitter. And no, he doesn't come out of it very well". The Independent.
  4. ^ a b The loves, lusts and passions of Rupert Murdoch, The Daily Telegraph, 15 July 2011
  5. ^ a b c Nathalie Tadena and Momo Zhou, "Divorce Has a Hefty Price Tag for Celebrities, Billionaires", ABC News, 20 August 2009
  6. ^ Ken Auletta, Rupert Murdoch Wants A Divorce, The New Yorker, 13 June 2013
  7. ^ The Independent. London. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  8. ^ Pope Honors Rupert Murdoch, Roy Disney, Bob Hope
  9. ^