Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Hump Day Hodgepodge: Rupert Murdoch

Somehow Your Mama missed all the hullaballo and brouhaha about legally embattled bazillionaire Rupert Murdoch revealing via his Twitter feed that he'd snatched up Moraga Vineyards in the uppity L.A. community of Bel Air, one of the few commercial vineyards in the City of Los Angeles. It's not yet been revealed how much Mister Murdoch paid for the spread that was last listed for $29.5 millon.

The octogenarian media tycoon reportedly became interested in the vineyard estate that sprawls over rolling hillsides in the heart of an affluent enclave after reading about it in the Wall Street Journal, which, of course, he owns.

As was noted in Mister Murdoch's tweet, the approximately 16-acre estate and its 13-ish acres of grapevines has been owned since 1959 by Tom Jones. No, children, not the famously hirsute Welsh singer Tom Jones but rather the much more staid aeronautical engineer Tom Jones who, until the late 1980s, was the CEO of aircraft manufacturer Northrop Corporation for 30 years.

The vineyard property occupies a former horse ranch once owned by Victor Fleming, the stuntman turned Oscar winning director of Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz.

Although the gated estate includes a roomy 7,724 square foot single story residence with three bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, plus an additional two bedroom guest house and 4,400 square foot office building, it seems highly unlikely Mister Murdoch and his much younger, wickedly smart and fearsomely feisty wife Wendi Deng will move in since they already own an even more spectacular, horseshoe-shaped Wallace Neff-designed hacienda style mansion perched on a snaking ridge line high above Beverly Hills.

listing photos: Surterre Properties


FalseProfit said...

Maybe the dirtbag will die there in the near future. One can only hope.

Superyachtfan said...

Rupert Murdoch is the owner of the luxury sail yacht Rosehearty

lil' gay boy said...

He's still alive?!?

Anonymous said...

Good for him.

Sandpiper said...

What a coincidence, Mama, just ordered you case of '08 Moraga Red. Rupert took the call and highly recommends it for hot tub apprehension / disdain. Said it's magic.

Seriously, why shouldn't he kick back and enjoy a change of scenery. Those stockholders can be such a persnickety lot. He has a good sense of humor and will still have influence over the holdings. I’m sure he won’t lose any sleep over it. Win-win.

Anonymous said...

@ False Profit, A proctologist could fix your mouth or mind.

Sandpiper said...

HUGE retraction.
Murdoch is a bad soul.

Read subject name too fast.
Wrote thinking Warren Buffet.
Stupid mistake, I know.

Sorry Mama, it'll have to be a box of WallMart Gin.