Party People: Elisabeth Murdoch & Matthew Freud’s circle of influence | Media | The Guardian
Married 2001. Murdoch’s Shine Group is one of the UK’s biggest independent producers, behind Life on Mars and Ugly Betty. PR firm Freud Communications spans the worlds of politics, showbiz and business. The following were among guests at Murdoch’s 40th birthday, held at Burford Priory
1 David Cameron Leader of the Conservative party and ex-PR man at Carlton TV.
2 George Osborne The shadow chancellor of the exchequer and a friend of Freud’s before being promoted in 2005.
3 David Miliband The foreign secretary was spotted chatting to his fellow guest Tony Blair at Murdoch’s birthday party.
4 Tony Blair A regular guest at the couple’s well-attended soirees and Freud also works for the former prime minister’s Faith Foundation.
5 Tessa Jowell The former culture minister now in charge of the Olympics. Freud organised PR for Olympic handover events and the torch relay.
6 Peter Mandelson The business secretary worked with Freud on the Dome.
7 Philip Gould A key New Labour architect and vice chair of Freud Communications.
8 Roger Alton Independent editor and former Observer editor.
9 Simon Kelner Friend and neighbour of the couple in Blenheim. Freud oversees marketing strategy for the Independent.
10 Andy Coulson The former News of the World editor who now runs the Tories’ communications strategy.
11 Rupert Murdoch The chairman and chief executive of News Corp.
12 Roland Rudd The co-founder and senior partner of City PR firm Finsbury. The former FT journalist worked with Freud on the Northern Rock deal.
13 Gail Rebuck The Random House UK boss, married to Blair ally Lord Gould and a Freud client.
14 Charles Dunstone Chief executive of Carphone Warehouse and a close friend of Freud.
15 John Witherow Editor of the Sunday Times for the past 14 years.
16 Will Lewis Editor-in-chief of the Telegraph Media Group and ex-Sunday Times business editor. Old friends with James Harding.
17 Rebekah Wade Editor of the Sun. Close to Lis Murdoch.
18 James Murdoch Chairman and chief executive of News Corp in Europe and Asia and chairman of BSkyB.
19 Emma Freud Matthew’s sister is a writer and TV and radio presenter.
20 Richard Curtis. Writer and director and one of the driving forces of Comic Relief. The partner of Emma Freud.
21 Martin Sorrell Chief executive of WPP and Britain’s best-known ad man.
22 Howard Stringer Head of Sony, which has a stake in Lis Murdoch’s Shine production company.
23 Kate Weinberg Partner of James Harding. Works at the Daily Telegraph. Sat next to Blair at Lis’s 40th birthday.
24 James Harding Times editor and ex-FT journalist who is close to his News Corp boss, James Murdoch.
25 Alan Yentob Creative director, BBC.
26 Dawn Airey The former Sky executive soon to start as boss at Channel 5.
27 Peter Fincham ITV director of television who commissioned Shine to produce Merlin while controller of BBC1.
28 Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner – co-chairmen of Working Title Films, behind some of the biggest British films of the past two decades and long-term Freud clients.
29 Bono Rock star turned political campaigner – Freud was responsible for launching Bono’s campaign to fight Aids and other diseases in Africa, Project Red.
30 Bob Geldof With the help of Richard Curtis and Freud, revisited the Live Aid concerts with Live 8, 20 years later.