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Rupert Murdoch files for divorce from wife Wendi Deng

Rupert Murdoch files for divorce from wife Wendi Deng
Los Angeles: Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has filed for divorce from his wife, Wendi Deng, adding personal turmoil to the most turbulent era in the billionaire media tycoon’s 60-year career.

The News Corporation chairman, 82, said in a petition to New York’s supreme court that their 14-year marriage, his third and her second, had “broken down irretrievably” over the past six months.

His separation from Ms Deng, 44, who acted as his gatekeeper and personal bodyguard through the phone-hacking controversy that rocked his empire, shocked the media industry on Thursday.

“I’m absolutely gobsmacked,” Michael Wolff, Mr Murdoch’s biographer, told The Daily Telegraph. “But Wendi once told me that this is his reaction when things go wrong in business or his personal life. He makes a decision and it’s over. He feels bad for a day and then forget about it”.

Mr Murdoch requested that custody of the couple’s daughters Grace, 11, and Chloe, seven, be shared between him and Ms Deng, a Chinese-born graduate of Yale University 38 years his junior.

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