Rumor has it that Fox Corp CEO Lachlan Murdoch has transferred control to Chief Legal Officer Viet Dinh
Rumor has it that Fox Corporation CEO Lachlan Murdoch transferred control of the company to its chief legal officer – who is also his son’s godfather – after he abruptly returned to Australia last month.
The New York Times posted a profile on Sunday about chief legal officer, Viet Dinh, who described the “ social and ruthless ” role of the Republican attorney at Fox Corp.
Lachlan, the son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, left Los Angeles for Australia amid allegations that Joe Biden’s election made things ‘difficult’ for his family, given Fox Corp’s reputation as catering to the GOP.
Fox Corp has publicly insisted that Lachan is still in charge of the company and even keeps nighttime hours from Sydney, from midnight to 10 a.m. to stay on an American schedule.
However, Fox Corp insiders told the Times that Lachlan’s move bolstered Dinh’s power in the company.
Fox Corporation CEO Lachlan Murdoch (left) is said to have transferred control of the company to chief legal officer Viet Dinh (right) after his abrupt return to Australia last month.
Dinh, 53, met Lachlan at the acclaimed Aspen Institute in 2003 after already making a name for himself in politics as Deputy Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy under President George W. Bush.
Lachlan later offered Dinh a seat on the Fox Corp board and also asked him to be his son’s godfather, as their relationship extended beyond business.
The Times spoke to two former Fox employees and a current and a former Fox News employee who was familiar with Dinh’s role and who described him as Lachlan’s “ ubiquitous right-hand man. ”
The sources said Dinh does not run day-to-day programming, but rather manages the political workings of the company and acts as an important voice in setting the company’s agenda.
A Fox Corp spokeswoman did not mince words when approached by the Times for comment on claims that Dinh “exercises operational control over Fox’s business units” – calling allegations “false and malicious.”
Dinh also dismissed the claims as “downright false” in a recent interview with legal writer David Lat, whose article on the executive was entitled, “Is Viet Dinh the Most Powerful Lawyer in America?”
“To attribute me to a role other than my day job, which is to oversee legal, regulatory and government affairs, is not only incorrect, it would mean I have much more time than I actually have,” Dinh told Lat.
“Lachlan hired me for a very, very full-time job, which I can barely do with 24 hours a day.”
However, The Times noted that Dinh’s salary – which was a whopping $ 24 million in 2019 – suggests that he plays an important role in the company.
Lachlan Murdoch and his supermodel wife Sarah (pictured together in 2019) arrived in Australia on a private jet last month amid allegations that Joe Biden’s election was making things ‘difficult’ for their family, given Fox Corp’s reputation. as catering for the GOP
Fox Corp insiders told the New York Times that Lachlan’s move bolstered Dinh’s power in the company (photo file)
Dinh came to the US from Vietnam as a refugee at the age of 10 and then went to Harvard to study undergrad and law.
After graduating in 1993, he worked for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor before joining the Senate Whitewater Committee and then in 1996 at Georgetown University Law Center faculty.
In 2001, he was hired to serve as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy – a role for which he was recruited by friends in the Bush administration.
Insiders said he played an influential role in passing the Patriot Act in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Dinh left the government and opened a private law firm, Bancroft, in 2003, further cementing his reputation as a “ well-connected workaholic, ” according to former employees of his speaking to the Times.
In 2018, Dinh stepped down from Fox’s board to take over the position of Chief Legal Officer and Policy Advisor.
The following year, he played a key role in the $ 71 billion sale of 21st Century Fox to Disney by hiring a legal team to investigate whether top executives had leaked information about the deal.
The studio’s president, Peter Rice, and the company’s general counsel, Gerson Zweifach, insisted they do nothing inappropriate, warning that Dinh’s “ paranoia ” could ruin the deal, according to the Times.
The paper said the conflict offers “a rare glimpse of the opaque power structure of Rupert Murdoch’s world” – which has only darkened with Lachlan’s return to Australia.
Dinh (left) testifies before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on a 2007 voting rights law
Lachlan, his supermodel wife Sarah, and their three children quietly came to Australia from Los Angeles last month with no reason to give up their return.
And while no reason was given for the family’s return to Down Under, a new report claims it was the political climate in the US that helped the family’s decision to leave LA in favor of their Sydney home.
On Saturday the Sydney Morning Herald reported that it was the political climate in the US that led to the decision.
The newspaper said the family “ felt the cold wind of political change ” when Biden took control of Donald Trump, after family-owned Fox News appeared to favor the Republican Party during the election campaign.
According to the paper, things got “pretty tough” for their kids Kalan Alexander, 16, Aidan Patrick, 14, and daughter Aerin Elisabeth, 10, at school in their final weeks in Los Angeles.
A source said: ‘The school communities here are very close-knit, and it extends to the wider families and the circles and parties they all attend. That Hollywood set is very pro-democracy.
“It’s usually big fundraisers for Biden, so you can imagine how well it went when the fathers of one of their classmates were at the helm of the largest anti-Biden machine in the country.”
News Corp did not immediately respond to Daily Mail Australia’s requests for comment on the claims.
Lachlan Murdoch’s model wife, Sarah, appeared in a cheerful mood as she attended the Sydney Royal Easter Show at the city’s Olympic Park on Friday.