Wendi Deng, Rupert Murdoch to Divorce

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Australian news mogul Rupert Murdoch has filed for divorce from his wife of nearly 14 years. Murdoch's net worth is currently estimated to be around $12 billion, placing him just in Forbes' top 100 richest people in the world.

According to The Guardian, Murdoch's divorce filing stated that his marriage to 44-year-old Wendi Deng Murdoch has "broken down irretrievably. The marriage is Murdoch's third and Deng's second. The couple have two children, named Grace and Chloe. Custody details were not included in Murdoch's divorce filing.

The couple reportedly met in Hong Kong in 1997. They were married in 1999 shortly after Murdoch's divorce from his second wife was finalized.

Though she is a Chinese-born, Yale-educated businesswoman, Deng is, perhaps, best known for defending Murdoch from a pie-throwing protester in 2011. Murdoch's News Corp. was, at the time, in the midst of the U.K. phone hacking scandal.

The couple are now separated. After the hacking scandal took hold, Murdoch was forced to make drastic changes to News Corp. The corporation will soon be split into two separate companies, one for Fox's film and TV properties, and one for the newspaper business.

Murdoch has not commented on his divorce through his Twitter account, which he is infamous for using to promote his outspoken opinions. He has, though, recently praised comedian Bill Cosby, Australia Minister Adam Giles, and the new pope:

(via The Guardian)
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