Supermodel Jerry Hall filed for divorce from media tycoon Rupert Murdoch after six years of marriage, it was revealed today, and is asking a judge to award her spousal support, as well as for her billionaire ex-husband to pay her legal fees.
The 65-year-old former supermodel, who is named as Jerry Murdoch in her petition, filed the divorce paperwork on Friday with the Los Angeles County Courts, in which she cited ‘irreconcilable differences’ as the reason for their split, while claiming that she is ‘unaware of the full nature and extent of all separate property assets and debts’ that will be involved in what will no doubt be a pricey divorce from billionaire Murdoch, 91.
There is no mention of a prenuptial agreement in the paperwork filed by Hall, who is petitioning for divorce just over six years after she tied the knot with Murdoch, who is worth an estimated $17.7 billion.
Hall also claims in the legal paperwork that she is unaware of the full extent of her ex-husband’s assets, with the documents stating that her divorce petition will be amended ‘when the information has been ascertained’.
‘Petitioner is unaware of the full nature and extent of all separate property assets and debts, and will amend this Petition when the information has been ascertained,’ the legal filing obtained by DailyMail.com notes.
The couple do not share any children, meaning that child support will not be raised during the divorce proceedings. However Hall has asked that the judge ‘terminate the court’s ability to award support to [Murdoch]’, meaning that he would be unable to ask her for money in the future.
This will be Murdoch’s fourth divorce – and his shortest marriage – however Hall had not previously been legally married before tying the knot with the media titan, who is 23 years her senior, in March 2016.
Jerry Hall, 65, filed for divorce from multi-billionaire Rupert Murdoch, 91, it was revealed today – with The Blast reporting that the former supermodel is asking a judge to award her spousal support and for her ex-husband to pay her legal fees
Murdoch and Hall were last seen together in public in London in August 2021, when they were pictured arriving separately at a dinner (seen). They are understood to have then left together in a shared car
She was previously in a long-term relationship with Rolling Stones rocker Mick Jagger, with whom she shares four children – Elizabeth, 38, James, 36, Georgia May, 30, and Gabriel, 24 – however the two never officially wed during their 22-year relationship, although they did take part in a marriage ceremony in Bali which was later annulled by a judge following their split.
Murdoch has six children in total: daughter Prudence MacLeod, now 64, with his first wife Patricia Booker, daughter Elisabeth, now 53, and sons Lachlan, now 50, and James, now 49, with his second wife Anna Mann, and daughter Grace, now 21, and Chloe, now 19, who he shares with his third wife Wendi Deng.
Full details of Hall and Murdoch’s divorce have been kept very much under wraps since the news of their split broke last month, however friends of the couple have suggested that the former supermodel will receive a ‘generous’ portion of the media tycoon’s fortune.
Speaking to DailyMail.com, lawyer Mark Stephens, of the Howard Kennedy firm, said Murdoch is likely to have signed a ‘fairly generous’ pre-nuptial agreement, which would have been drafted with the ‘anticipation of not interfering with the line of succession’ for the tycoon’s business empire.
But while Hall may be entitled to tens of millions of dollars, Stephens said that this is more likely to be paid to her in the form of day-to-day expenses, telling DailyMail.com: ‘She is going to have her lifestyle funded without a transfer of funds.’
The couple (seen on their wedding day with their kids) do not share any children, however Hall has two daughters and a son from her relationship with rocker Mick Jagger – Elizabeth, 38, James, 36, Georgia May, 30, and Gabriel, 24 – while Murdoch has six children in total: daughter Prudence MacLeod, now 64, with his first wife Patricia Booker, daughter Elisabeth, now 53, and sons Lachlan, now 50, and James, now 49, with his second wife Anna Mann, and daughter Grace, now 21, and Chloe, now 19, who he shares with his third wife Wendi Deng
In her divorce filing, Hall states that she is ‘unaware of the full nature and extent of all separate property assets and debts’ that will be involved in the settlement. However the couple are understood to have amassed an impressive property portfolio over the years, worth more than $320 million, including Holmwood House, a $13.6 million mansion near the Thames, which they bought in November 2019
This Cotwolds estate, Great Tew, was bought as a ‘doer-upper’ which was earmarked for a $36 million restoration
Just seven months ago it was revealed Hall and Murdoch had purchased a $200 million 340,000-acre cattle ranch in Montana
However, properties the couple have acquired since marrying may be at stake, with the pair amassing an impressive portfolio that is estimated to be worth upwards of $320 million.
In 2019, they bought an $13.6 million Georgian property near Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire. A year later, it emerged they had snapped up Great Tew Manor – a ‘doer-upper’ in the Cotswolds which was earmarked for a $36 million restoration project.
Last December the couple spent $275 million on a 340,000-acre cattle ranch near Yellowstone Park in the US.
The family’s other properties, believed to be held in trust, include a $50 million New York apartment, a ranch in California, a $30 million winery in Los Angeles, and a sheep and cattle farm inMurdoch’s native Australia. There is also a Mayfair apartment for when the media mogul is in London.
Hall made a fortune from her career as a model, becoming the face of brands such as Revlon cosmetics. She also had small roles in films, including Batman. Her split from Mick Jagger left her with an estimated settlement of up to $21 million.
Elizabeth Jagger, Mick Jagger, Jerry Hall, Rupert Murdoch, Harvey Keitel and Daphne Kaster pose together at a garden party in LA in 2019
The Mail on Sunday revealed in October 2015 that Murdoch and Hall were dating – days before they made their public debut as a couple at the rugby in Twickenham (pictured)
Murdoch met Hall in Australia in 2015. After weeks of speculation, the couple went public at the rugby world cup final at Twickenham in London that October. Murdoch was photographed kissing Hall on the cheek while she smiled broadly.
They made their first red carpet appearance together at the Golden Globes in 2016. Friends said at the time: ‘Rupert couldn’t be happier. He’s not acting like some dotty old man who’s in love with a teenager. He just seems really, really happy. It’s a wonderful thing’.
Murdoch and Hall tied the knot in London in March 2016 in a very low-key ceremony at Spencer House, which overlooks Green Park, after a whirlwind five-month romance.
After Murdoch and Hall tied the knot, the billionaire tweeted that he ‘felt like the luckiest and happiest man in the world’
At the time, the media tycoon expressed his joy over the union, tweeting shortly after the ceremony concluded that he would be taking a break from social media in order to enjoy newlywed life.
‘No more tweets for ten days or ever!’ he wrote. ‘Feel like the luckiest AND happiest man in world.’
One day after their official ceremony, the couple – whose unlikely romance made headlines the world over – hosted a more lavish affair, which was attended by all ten of their children.
Hall’s two daughters and Murdoch’s two youngest daughters acted as bridesmaids, while the media mogul’s son Lachlan was understood to have presided over the pair’s first ceremony.
Following the wedding celebrations, Hall shared a photo of the then-newlyweds posing with all of their kids, writing alongside it: ‘My beautiful family!’
Friends said Miss Hall brought more ‘balance’ to her husband’s life after decades of focus on his businesses. Among the few signs of tension was when Miss Hall pulled out a West End revival of The Graduate. Mr Murdoch reportedly banned her from reprising the role of Mrs Robinson, which she had previously played in London and involves on-stage nudity.
Last year, Miss Hall attended Mr Murdoch’s 90th birthday party at Tavern on the Green, an upmarket restaurant in New York. She reportedly ‘doted’ on him during the festivities, which were attended by luminaries from business, sports and politics, a source said.
At Murdoch’s summer party on June 23, the tycoon talked to Boris Johnson for 15 minutes. Other Cabinet members present included Priti Patel, Liz Truss, Michael Gove, Sajid Javid and Kemi Badenoch, the local government minister.
Murdoch’s children Lachlan, Grace and Chloe were also present, a source said.