I don't think I have ever heard anyone say anything positive about world media mogul Rupert Murdoch. I don't think I have ever heard anyone say anything negative about his mother, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch. Sydney may well have Lady (Mary) Fairfax, another media mogul widow, but she pales into insignificance next to Melbourne's own Dame Elisabeth.
Dame Elisabeth died last night at her beloved Cruden Farm in Langwarrin at the age of 103. While its very easy for a rich person to give the money away to good causes, putting in time and effort to the causes shows a very basic decency. Dame Elisabeth certainly did that and was involved with over 100 charities and organisations.
I did have a slight brush with Dame Elisabeth back in 2007, http://highriser.blogspot.com.au/2007/06/lunching-with-dame-elizabeth.html . Huh, I wasn't even aware Elisabeth could be spelt two ways.
Photo from the Herald Sun, one of her son's many newspapers.
I just remarked to R how rich people seem to often live to be quite old. He retorted, it helps if you don't have to worry about paying the bills. Quite so, but some people are rich and have true class.