Friday, 14 June 2013

Murdoch Splits From Wendi

Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng heading down splitsville after 14 years
Eyebrows were raised when media mogul Rupert Murdoch divorced his second wife after 32 years of marriage and then promptly married Wendi Deng, who is theoretically old enough to be his granddaughter.

But now after 14 years of marriage Murdoch is calling it quits, filing for divorce in New York.

How the mis-matched pair met is a well-known yarn -- they met at a company party in Hong Kong where she was working as an intern at Star TV and grabbed the opportunity to impress her boss.

She did so well that they got married two years later on a yacht in New York.

Murdoch undoubtedly saw Deng as his ticket to the China market and they did try several times to get into the mainland market but nothing happened.

In the meantime she made the most of the marriage, having two daughters with him, Grace, 11, and Chloe, nine. Grace's godfather is former British prime minister Tony Blair, and the two kids also have star-studded godparents in the names of Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.

They were even baptized on the banks of the river Jordan, apparently the same spot where Jesus underwent the same ceremony...

She also used her husband's connections and ingratiated herself with Hollywood stars and players, and introduced Murdoch to internet billionaires such as Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Twitter's Jack Dorsey.

Perceptions of Deng as a gold digger changed to tigress in July 2011 when she smacked a protester who tried to throw a shaving cream pie at Murdoch during a British parliamentary committee hearing into New International being accused of phone hacking.

Apparently that incident and the phone-hacking scandal brought them closer, but now it seems the marriage has broken down "irretrievably" according to Murdoch's divorce papers. However, the proceedings will be relatively smooth as the couple signed a prenuptial agreement and she will get control of company shares through her two children.

Deng seems to have gotten a good deal from her 14 years with Murdoch -- money, a glamorous lifestyle, children and more money. She's done well for the daughter of a factory manager in Jinan, Shandong province. What's next, Wendi?

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