Fox News CEO Rupert Murdoch’s $30 million property in Bel Air, California has been set ablaze by the sweeping wildfires ravaging the state, according to Los Angeles’ NBC affiliate.
The raging fires shut down California’s Interstate 405 today, as the flames continued to inch closer to the waspier parts of the Los Angeles area. While many residents evacuated for their personal safety, their property was left to burn — as is seen with Murdoch’s real estate.
A reporter for NBC4 detailed the state of the billionaire’s land from the scene:
“From initial reports, we’re hearing it belongs to Rupert Murdoch. Apparently it’s a $30 million property — he owns these vineyards here and it’s causing some major problems. If this fire spreads across the hillside, that is going to be a major problem, devastating to the vineyards. Hopefully it is not too close to his home, but that’s what we know so far… It’s Rupert Murdoch’s property, that’s what we’re hearing from the neighbors who live here in Bel Air.”
Another reporter added that this community is where “many celebrities live” inside their “expensive homes.”
According to the real estate news site Curbed, Murdoch’s home was valued at close to $30 million when he purchased it. The property is so lavish, in fact, that it was advertised as “the only commercial vineyard in Los Angeles.”
The News Corp executive chairman celebrated purchasing the 13 acre land in 2013 by tweeting, “About to celebrate buying beautiful small vineyard right in LA. Great wine, Moraga, owned by great Angelino, Tom Jones. Time cover,1961!”
Given the damage, it may be some time before Murdoch is able to enjoy that great wine again.
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