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, but who is Wendi Deng?
Here’s 5 Fast Facts you need to know…
1. Deng Ran Myspace China for $300k a Year
Deng reached some level of notoriety after Rupert’s company bought MySpace for a hefty $580 million, and then promptly ran it into the ground. Despite this, Deng still earned a pretty penny for providing “strategic advice” to MySpace in China. Critics blasted the move, which was reported in Newscorps 2010 Annual Report, as being nepotistic, since it appeared her only real qualification for the job was being from China. Here’s a quote from the report:
“It appears that Deng’s main credential for the job is that she’s from China. Unless Rupert figured her stint as a junior executive at Hong Kong’s Star TV – before she married Murdoch way back in 1999, when no one had ever heard of Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, never mind Myspace – qualified her to advise a social networking site.
Murdoch ended up selling MySpace for 6% of his purchasing price in July of 2011 for a paltry $35M.
2. Murdoch and Deng’s Marriage Lasted 14 Years
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. The couple have two daughters.
3. 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.
4. Deng is a Successful Business Woman
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.
5. Deng is 44. Rupert is 88.
Really, not too much is known about Deng, but it is certain that she is literally half the age of Murdoch. Maybe he decided to start dating women within 3 decades of his age? Probably not. In any case, Deng will be left in good shape regardless of how the alimony or divorce settlement pans out. She still serves on the board of advisers at the Yale School of Management, where she went to school, so she has plenty of resources for the post-Murdoch reality she’ll be living in.
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