Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc., doing business as 21st Century Fox, was an American multinational mass media corporation that is based in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. It was one of the two companies formed from the 2013 spin-off of the publishing assets of News Corporation, as founded by Rupert Murdoch in 1979.
21st Century Fox was the legal successor to News Corporation dealing primarily in the film and television industries. It was the United States' fourth-largest media conglomerate after The Walt Disney Company, Comcast and AT&T before it's merger with the former company. However, other companies, the "new" News Corporation, holds Murdoch's print interests and other media assets in Australia and Fox Corporation (both owned by him and his family via a family trust with 39% interest in each). Murdoch is co-executive chairman, while his sons Lachlan Murdoch and James Murdoch are co-executive chairman and CEO, respectively.
21st Century Fox's assets includd the Fox Entertainment Group—owners of the 20th Century Fox film studio (the company's partial namesake) and a majority stake in National Geographic Partners—the commercial media arm of the National Geographic Society, among other assets. It also has significant foreign operations, including the prominent Indian television channel operator Star India. The company ranked No. 109 in the 2018 Fortune 500 list of the largest United States corporations by total revenue.
On July 27, 2018, 21st Century Fox shareholders agreed to sell the majority of its assets to Disney for $71.3 billion. The sale covers the majority of 21CF's entertainment assets, including 20th Century Fox, FX Networks, and National Geographic Partners among others. Following a bidding war with Fox, Sky plc (a British media group which Fox held a stake in) was acquired separately by Comcast, while Fox's FSN regional sports networks will be sold to third parties to comply with antitrust rulings. The remainder, consisting primarily of the Fox and MyNetworkTV networks, and Fox's national news and sports operations, were spun out into a successor known as Fox Corporation, which began trading on March 19, 2019. Disney acquisition of 21CF was closed on March 20, in which the two companies merged into a new corporate entity (New Disney) which carries The Walt Disney Company name. 21CF currently exists as New Disney's nominal subsidiary, as its assets are scattered across the latter's divisions.