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Rupert Murdoch Wendi Deng

February 4, 2012 by staff 

Rupert Murdoch Wendi Deng, Wendi Deng Murdoch (born December 8, 1968) is a Chinese-born American businesswoman. She is the third wife of News Corporation Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch, and is leading her husband’s Chinese media investments.

In 1988 she was sponsored by an American family for a student visa. She attended Cal State Northridge for economics and completed her master’s degree in business at the Yale School of Management, where she currently serves on the board of advisors. Her debut in the media came with Fox TV. She was offered an internship at Star TV, Hong Kong, part of News Corporation.

Husband Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng in 2011

Upon her arrival to the United States, Murdoch briefly lived with Jake and Joyce Cherry and attended university. Joyce Cherry suspected her husband was having an affair with Murdoch (30 years his junior) and demanded she leave the house. Jake Cherry soon followed and moved in with her. The two married in 1990. Murdoch and Cherry’s marriage lasted 2 years and 7 months before they were legally divorced, but he would later explain they only stayed together for 4 or 5 months, after which he learned of the affair Murdoch had with David Wolf, a man closer to her age. She had obtained a green card through her marriage to Cherry.

In 1997, she met Rupert Murdoch at a company party in Hong Kong. They married in 1999, less than three weeks after his divorce from ex-wife Anna Maria Torv Murdoch Mann was finalized. Wendi and Rupert Murdoch live in Manhattan with their two daughters: Grace Helen (born 2001) and Chloe (born 2003).

She counter-attacked Jonathan May-Bowles who pied her husband during a highly publicized testimony before a British parliamentary committee in connection with the News International phone hacking scandal. Her actions gained her press attention. May-Bowles was sentenced to serve a six-week sentence at Wandsworth Prison in London.

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