1. James was born James Rupert Jacob Murdoch in Wimbledon, London on December 13, 1972. His Scottish-born mother, Anna Maria Torv, was a journalist in Australia who wrote a couple of romantic novels. His father, Rupert, is a little-known media tycoon.
2. Through his mother, James is first cousin of Anna Torv, who plays Olivia Dunham in sci-fi TV show Fringe. A member of a shady organisation that uses morally ambiguous FBI-style tactics to investigate mysterious goings-on, James Murdoch often visits his famous cousin in New York.
3. While at school in the US, James got some work experience at the Sydney Daily Mirror. During an evening press conference, the 14-year-old James fell asleep, an incident the rival Sydney Morning Herald took much glee in as it splashed the image on its own pages.
4. At Harvard University, James reportedly took a year out to follow rock band the Grateful Dead around the US and drew politically-incorrect cartoon 'Albrecht the Hun' for a satirical magazine. He later dropped out of Harvard a year before the end of his film and history degree.
5. During this time he was seen as the black sheep of the family. Highly intelligent, he sported an eyebrow stud, bleached hair, a beard and two tattoos, one of which was a lightbulb on his arm. This probably meant whenever he put his hand up in lectures it looked like he'd just had an idea.
6. After dropping out, he and his friends set up underground hip-hop label Rawkus Records with artists including Mos Def and Eminem. The company was bought out by his father in 1996 meaning, like Michael Corleone, he could not help but enter the family business.
7. James Murdoch reportedly paid £100,000 to meet the Pope. When Pope Benedict XVI visited the UK in 2010 it is believed that James made the donation to secure a personal audience with the head of the Catholic Church.
8. James is also a fan of another old man in unusual headgear: Darth Vader. A life-size statue of the sci-fi character guards the entrance to his
9. When he was appointed head of BSkyB, James Murdoch was the youngest ever CEO of a FTSE 100 company at just 30 years of age. Not the most interesting fact perhaps but certainly impressive.
10. James seems to be a fan of the Muppets. It was reported that the 40-foot wide townhouse on East 69th Street in New York City where Jim Henson made many of his Muppets was bought for $23 million (£14.5 million) by a mysterious buyer. Many suspect that it was in fact James Murdoch.