After nearly 15 years of marriage and two children together, 82-year-old Rupert Murdoch is calling it quits with wife number three, 44-year-old Wendi Deng. The billionaire businessman filed for divorce last week.
According to Murdoch’s lawyers, the reason behind the split is that the “relationship between husband and wife had broken down irretrievably” over the past six months. Still, many are surprised by the news. Deng was the first person to support her older husband throughout the infamous phone tapping scandal in 2011.
Nonetheless, Murdoch seems to be doing everything he can to make this marriage go away as quickly and as quietly as possible. The couple did have a pre-nuptial agreement, among several other agreements, so the divorce proceedings and subsequent division of assets should be fairly clear-cut, and they likely won’t impact the business at all.
There are obviously many financial perks that come with marrying a rich older man, including a pretty fat cheque when the marriage ends. Murdoch’s previous divorce was said to be one of the most costly—his ex-wife walked away with a $1.7 billion settlement. Even with the prenup, Deng is also expected to receive a substantial amount of money.
“Wendi Deng: Rupert Murdoch files for divorce from third wife,” The Guardian web site; http://goo.gl/evmSO, last accessed June 17, 2013.