Succession and Murdoch family
Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook and Kieran Culkin in Succession. Photograph by Claudette Barius/HBO

Shiv Roy vs. Elisabeth Murdoch

Sarah Snook as Shiv in Succession. Photograph by David Russell/HBO

Besides both being extremely wealthy blonde women with shrewd business sense — Shiv built her own career outside of Waystar in politics, while Elisabeth founded UK TV production company Shine Group in 2001 — the biggest similarity between Shiv and Elisabeth Murdoch may be their divorces. Right now on Succession, we’re watching Shiv and ATN executive Tom Wambsgans (Matthew Mcfadyen) as they call it quits.

In real life, Elisabeth Murdoch married Matthew Freud, the grandson of Sigmund Freud known for his PR talents, in 2001. They divorced after 13 years of marriage in 2014. Just like Tom and Logan have an awkward relationship on Succession, Freud was known to have disputes with Rupert Murdoch over both politics and personal matters.

On Succession, Tom was closer to Logan than Freud was with Murdoch, which isn’t to say they Tom and Logan were that close.

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