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Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng reach amicable divorce settlement

21 NOVEMBER 2013

Rupert Murdoch and his wife Wendi Deng are said to have reached an amicable divorce settlement.

Although details of the settlement haven't been released, the estranged couple, who were married for 14 years, have told a New York court that they have a "mutual respect" for one another and a shared interest in their daughters' welfare.

Media mogul Rupert, 82, filed for divorce from Wendi, 44, in June saying that their marriage had "irretrievably broken down."

 





The couple were married in 1999 in a twilight ceremony onboard his private yacht, the Morning Glory, in New York Harbour, and have two daughters together, Grace and Chloe.

Australian-born Rupert, who is believed to be worth £6bn, had a pre-nuptial agreement and are holding shares in trust for their children.

Wendi, 44, made headlines in 2011 when she famously leapt to her husband's defense and slapped a protestor who threw a pie at him as he was being questioned by MPs over the phone hacking scandal.


 




News Corps boss Rupert, 82, met his Chinese wife in 1997 at a cocktail party in Hong Kong. They married two years later, weeks after his second divorce.

Wendi, born in China and educated at Yale, is 38 years younger than the Australian media mogul, who is estimated by Forbes to be worth £6bn ($9.4bn). She has been seen by many as a key player in his News Corps empire.

Rupert is a father of six; he has a daughter Prudence from his first marriage to Patricia Booker, and sons Lachlan, James, and daughter Elizabeth from his second to Anna Torv. Rupert and Wendi welcomed their first child, Grace, in 2001, and Chloe in 2003.


 

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