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Rupert Murdoch’s Divorce: Top 10 Facts You Need to Know

Rupert Murdoch's Divorce, Wendi Deng,

Rupert Murdoch, 82, has filed for divorce from his wife of 14 years, Wendi Deng, today at New York State Supreme Court, reports Deadline.com.

Murdoch is one of the wealthiest people in the world, Forbes lists his wealth at $8.2 billion, his wealth is generated through his media holdings, his News Corporation media conglomerate owns 20th Century Fox, Fox News, and the New York Post.

Here’s what you need to know…

1. Murdoch’s Last Divorce Was the Most Expensive in History

Rupert Murdoch, Anna Murdoch, Murdoch Divorce Most Expensive.

Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch with his second wife Anna Torv and their 14-month old daughter Elisabeth at their home in Sussex Gardens, London, 4th October 1969. Murdoch has recently been interviewed by David Frost on his ‘Frost On Friday’ programme on the controversy surrounding the publication of Christine Keeler’s memoirs in Murdoch’s News Of The World newspaper. (Photo by Chris Ware/Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Murdoch’s previous divorce in 1999, from Anna Murdoch, whom he’d been married to for 30 years, was the most expensive divorce in history. Despite the amicable split, Anna took $1.8 billion from the News Corp chairman. Though his management were keen to stress at the time that this settlement would have no affect on Murdoch’s business interests.

Anna, later remarried, a financier named William Mann in late 1999.


2. Murdoch and Deng’s Marriage Lasted 14 Years

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Actress Nicole Kidman, Wendy Deng and Newscorp Chairman Rupert Murdoch watch Lindsay Davenport take on Elena Dementieva of Russia during the quarterfinals of the US Open at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on September 7, 2005 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Murdoch and Deng met in Hong Kong in 1997 at a party, they were married in 1999, 17 days after his divorce from Anna.

They were married in New York harbor aboard Murdoch’s yacht, Morning Glory. 82 people attended the service, with the NYPD providing security. At the time Murdoch was 68 and Deng was 32.

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3. The Couple Have Two Daughters

Grace Murdoch, Wendi Deng Rupert Murdoch divorce.

Wendy Murdoch and Grace Murdoch attend the Diane Von Furstenberg Spring 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on September 9, 2012 in New York City.

Grace, 11, and Chloe, 9, are the youngest of Murdoch’s six children.

He has one daughter, Prudence, 54, who in 2011 was promoted to the board of Times Newspaper Holdings in 2011, cementing her place in the family business, from his first marriage to Patricia Booker.

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Former News Limited chairman Lachlan Murdoch watches the action during the WBA Super-Middleweight World Title fight between Anthony Mundine and Sam Soliman at the Sydney Entertainment Centre March 7, 2007 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Murdoch’s eldest son, Lachlan, 41, serves on the board of News Corporation, but only in a non-executive role, he resigned his executive duties in 2005. At the time, Murdoch said he was “deeply saddened” by Lachlan’s resignation. He was the first child from Murdoch’s second marriage to Anna Tvor.

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James Murdoch arrives at the wedding of Charles Dunstone and Celia Fordon Shute at Christ Church Spitalfields on October 10, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

His other son, James, 40, is now the only member of the family, other than Rupert, directly involved in the running of News Corp. In 2011, James became the Murdoch-face of the phone-hacking scandal investigations, following his promotion to the News International section of the corporation.

Elisabeth Murdoch Rupert Murdoch Divorce

Elisabeth Murdoch attends Red’s Hot Women Awards, in association with euphoria Calvin Klein on November 28, 2012 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

Murdoch’s second eldest daughter, Elizabeth, initially benefitted from her father’s philanthropy towards her career as she purchased TV stations in the U.S. based on a $35 million dollar loan from her father. But after rising through the ranks within Murdoch’s UK cable network BskyB, she fell out with the company and now works as an independent TV producer in London. She is married to Matthew Freud, great-grandson to Sigmund Freud.


4. Deng Made World Headlines When She Defended Her Husband From a Pie

In July 2011, Deng leaped to the defense of her husband when Jonathan Bowles threw a shaving foam pie at Murdoch during the phone hacking scandal.


5. This Will Be Murdoch’s Third Divorce

Rupert Murdoch Young Divorce Patricia Booker

29th October 1968: Rupert Murdoch, Australian-born newspaper publisher. (Photo by Aubrey Hart/Evening Standard/Getty Images)

This will be Murdoch’s third divorce. His first marriage to Patricia Booker, a shop assistant from Melbourne, Australia, lasted from 1957-67. He then married Anna Maria Torv, in 1968, with their marriage ending in June 1998.


6. Deng is no “Kept-Woman”

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Wendi Murdoch attends a dinner and auction hosted by CHANEL to benefit The Henry Street Settlement at Soho Beach House on December 5, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Soho Beach House)

Deng is a successful businesswoman, she is the CEO of the film company Big Feet Productions, she holds a MBA from Yale in business.

Just prior to her marriage to Murdoch, Deng stepped down as vice-president of Murdoch’s Hong Kong-based English-language cable network Star Television.

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7. This is an Interesting Time For Murdoch’s News Corp

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Logos for News International newspapers at the entrance to the Wapping car park of the company on February 24, 2012 in London, England. Rupert Murdoch has been in London to supervise the production of the first Sunday edition of the Sun newspaper, which takes the place of the News Of The World which closed in the wake of the phone hacking scandal. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

Murdoch is in the process of splitting News Corp into two entities which will see him act as chairman of both. Deadline reports:

Early signs are that the divorce will not impact Murdoch’s media holdings. New Corp is in the process of spinning off its publishing assets into a separately traded company. Murdoch will control both of these entities.


8. Deng’s Got a Green Card After Having an Affair With Her Visa Sponsor

In 1987, Deng was sponsored for a U.S. Visa by Jake and Joyce Cherry. She came to the U.S. to study, it was later revealed that she was having an affair with Jake, who was 30 years older than Deng. Despite this marriage lasting only two years, Deng was able to secure a green card.


9. Deng Was Once Falsely Verified on Twitter

Deng Twitter Page Fake Verified

In 2012, Twitter accidentally verified an account claiming to be Deng. It created controversy as Deng appeared to entering into flirtatious behavior with celebrities like Ricky Gervais.


10. The Couple’s Former Nanny Once Talked of the Horrors of Living With the Murdoch Family

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Rupert Murdoch, CEO of News Corporation arrives at his house, two days before he is due to give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry, on April 23, 2012 in London, England. This phase of the inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the press in the United Kingdom is looking at the owners of various media groups. The inquiry, which may take a year or more to complete, comes in the wake of the phone hacking scandal that saw the closure of The News of The World newspaper in 2011. (Photo by Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

Murdoch and Deng’s former nanny, Ying-Shu Hsu, blew the whistle on the domestic horrors of living with the Murdoch family. She said she was never paid for overtime, had no benefits, and watched as Deng “body-shamed” the couple’s two daughters.

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