Murdoch files for divorce
News Corp chief executive Rupert Murdoch on Thursday filed for divorce from his wife of 14 years, Wendi Dengbusiness Updated: Jun 14, 2013 22:28 IST
News Corp chief executive Rupert Murdoch on Thursday filed for divorce from his wife of 14 years, Wendi Deng, seeking to end a marriage that had been irretrievably broken for more than six months, according to his spokesman.
Murdoch, 82, married the former Wendi Deng, 44, in 1999 in his third and her second marriage. They have two young daughters.
The divorce filing, which was sealed, comes just days before News Corp is to split into two companies, one containing its entertainment assets and the other holding its publishing business. Murdoch, who Forbes says is worth $9.4 billion, is to be chairman of both publicly traded companies.
Despite the timing, there is no connection between the divorce and the corporate split, said a source close to News Corp who was not authorised to discuss the matter publicly.
Deng could not be reached for comment.