The 86-year-old billionaire, who is executive chairman of News Corp and 21st Century Fox, has informed staff that he will run his media empire from home due to the serious and “painful injury,” reported Vanity Fair.
Murdoch is currently modifying his media holdings with the $52.4 billion sale of 21st Century Fox’s film and TV assets to Disney. But the Australian is looking at a stretch away from the hands-on running of his business due to a mishap on his son’s yacht in the Caribbean.
It’s unclear how the businessman sustained the back injury. However, a source told Vanity Fair magazine that it resulted in Murdoch being airlifted from the vessel in early January. Murdoch subsequently spent time in a Los Angeles hospital.
Murdoch has now told senior employees in an email about his painful predicament.
“I hope you are all having a great start to 2018. I suspect it has been better than mine. I am writing to tell you that last week I had a sailing accident and suffered a painful back injury,” Murdoch’s email to Fox bosses read.
“While I am well on the road to recovery, I have to work from home for some weeks. In the meantime, you’ll be hearing from me by email, phone, and text.”