Rupert Murdoch is reportedly divorcing his wife, Jerry Hall – but she isn’t the tycoon’s first wife, meet his third ex-wife Wendi Deng.
The 91-year-old media mogul married the 65-year-old former supermodel in 2016, however, after six years together The New York Times first reported the couple were getting divorced yesterday, saying it had spoken to two people with knowledge of the decision. But, as yet, both Murdoch and Hall haven’t commented on the news.
Hall isn’t Murdoch’s first wife or even his second, she is his fourth wife and will be his fourth divorce. Murdoch is one of the wealthiest men in the world amassing his fortune with a media empire at News Corp and the Fox Corporation.
Along with amassing a fortune and companies Murdoch also amassed a collection of wives.
The tycoon married his first wife, Patricia Brooker, in 1956. He and the former flight attendant were married for ten years and had one daughter, Prudence, together.
The same year he divorced Brooker, Murdoch married his second wife, Anna Mann. With Mann, he had three children – Elisabeth Murdoch (born 1968), Lachlan Murdoch (born 1971), and James Murdoch, (born 1972) – and the pair were married for 32 years before divorcing in 1999.
This was when Murdoch met the one and only Wendi Deng.
Who is Wendi Deng?
Deng is a Chinese-born American entrepreneur, investor, movie producer, media mogul, and collector of Chinese contemporary art.
The 53-year-old first met Murdoch, who is 37 years her senior, in 1997 while she was working as an executive at the Murdoch-owned Star TV in Hong Kong. The pair married in 1999, just 17 days after his divorce from Mann was finalised.
Deng and Murdoch have two daughters together, Grace (born 2001) and Chloe (born 2003).
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Deng has amassed a net worth of $100 million over her career and relationship with Murdoch and she can’t simply be known for her marriage to the mogul.
At the age of only 16, she was enrolled at the Guangzhou Medical College, but in 1988, she left medical school and went to the US on a study permit and enrolled at California State University, Northridge, where she studied economics and was among the top-scoring students. Following this, she got an MBA from Yale University.
In the 90s Deng took a role in working to plan Star TV’s operations in Hong Kong and China and helped to build up Chinese distribution for Star’s Channel V music channel.
Then Deng made her debut as a film producer in 2011 with Snow Flower and The Secret Fan which won the Golden Angel Award at the Chinese American Film Festival.
In 2016 she then produced the documentary Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang. Deng has also appeared in episodes of the TV series’ Charlie Rose and Made in Hollywood.
Deng has also worked as an advisor for MySpace’s China operation, prior to the company’s sale to Specific Media in June 2011 as well as investing in tech start-ups including Oscar, Snapchat, Uber and Warby Parker.