The News Corp. founder proposed with an Asscher-cut diamond solitaire in New York on St. Patrick’s Day, because he is “one-fourth Irish.” The pair intend to get hitched in late summer this year. “We’re both looking forward to spending the second half of our lives together,” Murdoch said. Smith was previously married to Chester Smith, a country singer and radio and TV executive, who died in 2008. The 66-year-old bride-to-be said she and Murdoch, whose empire includes outlets like Fox News and The Wall Street Journal, bonded over their shared knowledge of the media industry. “Like Rupert, my husband was a businessman. Worked for local papers, developed radio and TV stations and helped promote (Spanish-language TV network) Univision. So I speak Rupert’s language. We share the same beliefs,” Smith said.