Rupert Murdoch Donates $15,000 to Margaret Thatcher's Chosen Charity

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Since Murdoch joined Twitter on Dec. 31, the News Corp. CEO has amassed more than 211,000 followers while lobbing 140-character grenades at enemies near and far. Lately he has taken an interest in the U.S. presidential race.

The media mogul sends money to the Chelsea Pensioners Appeal in memory of the legendary prime minister he described as an "inspiration" to business.

LONDON -- News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch, known as a longtime admirer of Margaret Thatcher, made a $15,000 (£10,000) donation to a charity in memory of the legendary British prime minister.

Murdoch's donation follows his no-show at Wednesday's ceremonial funeral in London for Thatcher, who died April 8 from a stroke. He said he was unable to attend "due to a long-standing commitment."

In an editorial in News Corp.'s Times of London last week, Murdoch praised Thatcher as a major inspiration for his business life, which included the launch of satellite pay TV service BSkyB and a battle with the U.K. newspaper unions.

Murdoch gave the money to the Chelsea Pensioners Appeal, which was nominated by the Thatcher family for "in memoriam" gifts.

He donated via the Just Giving website on Thursday, accompanied by a message that read, "In memory of Margaret Thatcher, who changed Britain and the world for the better."

Murdoch this week tweeted: "Farewell Iron Lady. Great radical achieved huge changes, but still much to do."