Rupert Murdoch files for divorce

Newspaper Tycoon Rupert Murdoch has filed divorce from his third wife, Wendi Deng. Murdoch and Deng have been married for 14 years and she recently made headlines for physically defending her husband from would-be pie thrower.

The incident happened when the 82-year-old media mogul was testifying before Parliament in London regarding the phone-hacking activities of some of his reporters. During the testimony a comedian ran at Murdoch with a shaving-foam pie but Deng, who was sitting behind Murdoch, quickly leapt up and smashed the comedian’s hand.

“Mr. Murdoch, your wife has a pretty good left hook,” said parliamentarian Tom Watson, who had been grilling the businessman just minutes earlier.

Chinese-born Deng has a masters degree from Yale and met Murdoch while working for one of his Hong Kong-based TV companies. She served as Murdoch’s interpreter as he toured the Chinese mainland and he quickly launched a feverish courtship.

Deng gave birth to two children during the marriage and it is unclear how much of Murdoch’s $11.2 billion fortune they stand to receive in this split. It is also unclear whether the couple signed a prenuptial agreement, but many experts say that is inconceivable that they wouldn’t have one given Murdoch’s extreme wealth and prior divorces.

Source: CNN, “Murdoch files for divorce from wife of 14 years,” Joe Sterling, June 14, 2013

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